ForeverMissed

On the 31st December 1931, a very beautiful boy was born in Lagos Island to the late Pa Casmir Kodjo Dossou and Adam Josephina Titilola Johnson of Moses Johnson family of Lagos the owners of the Oddo Moses at Isale Offin near Odo Alagbafo along the Marina or Ebutte Ero Lagos Island. The baby was named Thomas Alaba Abiodun Orija Dossou.



Dad started his elementary education at Holy Cross Primary School Lagos (the famous "Holy Werepe"), from 1939 to 1947 and obtained his first school leaving certificate. Thereafter he attended Eko Boys High School and competed his education at the Cosmopolitan Institute, Lagos. He started work as a clerk with Cappa and D'Aberto. Lagos where he worked for 4 years before moving to SCOA. Lagos for 2 years. He subsequently worked for Palm Line Limited a division of UAC group where he undertook several training in shipping and stevedoring businesses.



In 1957, Dad joined his maternal family business. J.O Johnson & Sons the foremost Nigerian indigenous Stevedoring company. At J.O Johnson & Sons Dad worked alongside his cousin late Pa John Oludemilade Johnson and rose to the position of Director of the company till 1977. In 1977, he established Tady Nigeria Company and undertook many construction contracts with the Lagos State Government and he was a Director of Toas & Dossou Shipping Company. Dad retired in 1989.



Dad met his darling wife Mama Rosetta Adedoyin Dossou in 1958 and they got married in April 1959. The marriage was subsequently solemnized at the Holy Cross Cathedral Church, this holy wedlock produced five very resourceful children all of whom have excelled in different departments of human endeavor and many grandchildren. Fondly called T.A , "papami", and "grandpapa" respectively Dad was the best husband father and grandpa anyone could ever wish for.



Dad was a very religious and contented man, a strong adherent of the Roman Catholic Faith who attended mass regularly and received Holy Communion. He was a generous person, a philanthropist and loved to help the needy. He went out of his way to provide support and help to people.



He was a member of the Confraternity of Saint John the Baptist of Holy Cross Cathedral Church Lagos, member of Saint Patrick Yoruba Society of Saint Charles Catholic Church, member of Catholic Men Organization and former executive member of Okepopo Club Lagos Island.

Posted by Dr Aderonke Tayo-Tiwo on June 29, 2021
I have known the Dossou family since my days in St Mary's Primary School, Lagos in the 1960's.The first daughter, Anthonia and I were classmates. We later went to the same Secondary School, Holy Child College, Obalende,Lagos and also to the same university in the prestigious University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo. During these years I got to know the family better.The Dossou family is a close knit family and the parents genuinely care and love each other and their children. At home Daddy and Mummy are always together and they were inseparables when they go out for socials. Daddy Dossou always carries a smiling face and remembers everyone. A devoted Catholic that loved his children and family dearly.He will be missed by all but we know the angels in heaven have gained a dear soul. May light perpetual continually shine upon him and may God console the family.Goodnight Sir! Rest in the bosom of the Almighty!!!
Posted by Risikat Bello on June 23, 2021
Thank God for a life well spent Daddy was very loving, caring and forever young at heart these attributes made being with him during his life time very delightful and great fun. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen!
Posted by Shade B on June 17, 2021
I have fond memories of Papa. Every single time I was privileged to be in his presence, he was gentle and loving. Always smiling. Always praying for and looking out for everyone's welfare. He was a beautiful soul. We miss you already Papa. May your gentle soul find eternal rest in the bossom of the Lord. Amen. Adieu!
Shade Olusope
Posted by Olufikejimi Kuforiji on June 15, 2021
Daddy mi,

TRIBUTE TO MY DARLING BABA - PA THOMAS ALABA ABIODUN DOSSOU - SUUNREE OOO!!!

I give Glory to God our Almighty Creator and Father for granting me the grace to have had you in my life and in the life of my Boys. Ever since the day your darling Daughter - Mrs. Ibironke Olloh - introduced me to you and your beautiful inside-out wife, our Mama Rosetta Dossou, as her sister from another mother, you just accepted me as your Daughter and my Boys as your Grandsons! Thank you Daddy for your love to us ALL, for the words of wisdom every time we are chanced to sit and talk!

I love the way your heart was connected to God which showed in your deep Reverence of HIM, in your Honesty, Warmth, Fairness and Dignity in every situation. You accepted and loved everyone who came into your Orbit!

God loves you and HE gave testimony of HIS Love of you in the Blessings of your Children and Grandchildren, your Family and Friends and all the lives you touched by your Legacies!!!

Daddy I miss you already and will continue to do so but I thank God that you are in a better place with Christ Jesus our Lord and your Beloved Holy Mother of our Lord - Mama Maria!! Please tell them both to take care of your "Twin" our Mama Rosetta Dossou, my Sisters & Brothers together with their Seeds and the entire Family.

May God grant you Eternal Rest and cause Perpetual Light to shine continually upon you for ever.

Goodnight Daddy mi!!
You will live forever in the hearts of Fola, Keji and Nana and myself titi aofini Ipade Ayo ni Ese Olugbala wa Jesu Christi

Baba Eeh, Sunnn Reee ooo✝️✝️✝️

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Posted by Dr Aderonke Tayo-Tiwo on June 29, 2021
I have known the Dossou family since my days in St Mary's Primary School, Lagos in the 1960's.The first daughter, Anthonia and I were classmates. We later went to the same Secondary School, Holy Child College, Obalende,Lagos and also to the same university in the prestigious University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo. During these years I got to know the family better.The Dossou family is a close knit family and the parents genuinely care and love each other and their children. At home Daddy and Mummy are always together and they were inseparables when they go out for socials. Daddy Dossou always carries a smiling face and remembers everyone. A devoted Catholic that loved his children and family dearly.He will be missed by all but we know the angels in heaven have gained a dear soul. May light perpetual continually shine upon him and may God console the family.Goodnight Sir! Rest in the bosom of the Almighty!!!
Posted by Risikat Bello on June 23, 2021
Thank God for a life well spent Daddy was very loving, caring and forever young at heart these attributes made being with him during his life time very delightful and great fun. May his gentle soul rest in peace. Amen!
Posted by Shade B on June 17, 2021
I have fond memories of Papa. Every single time I was privileged to be in his presence, he was gentle and loving. Always smiling. Always praying for and looking out for everyone's welfare. He was a beautiful soul. We miss you already Papa. May your gentle soul find eternal rest in the bossom of the Lord. Amen. Adieu!
Shade Olusope
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