ForeverMissed
This memorial has been created in memory of our wonderful husband and father


Professor Tope Omoniyi


We will remember him forever.


He leaves behind his wife Karen, his children Tife Nisha, Onaayo Mara and Feranmi as well as his elderly mother, siblings and in-laws.  We all loved him dearly.

Sky touched the lives of so many people in different places around the world so we wanted to create a space for people to share memories and photos so that we, and all of those who loved him, can celebrate the life of this beloved and cherished man, who we miss so very much.

During his lifetime Sky funded and supported numerous charities but especially the local secondary school in his hometown where he provided an annual financial donation to fund key projects.  As so many people are asking about flowers or donations we have set up a go fund me page to faciliate a memorial at the school in his name.

The funeral service will take place on 12th June at 2.30pm at Gloucester Cemetery and Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, Gloucester GL4 4PA.

A 'Celebration of Life' reception will follow in the


Mulberry Room from 3 - 5pm.




All family and friends are welcome. 




 

Posted by Anthony Idigbe on May 30, 2021
Sky P,

We dey here o!
Posted by Alatise Maroof on May 30, 2021
Continue to rest with the Lord, Prof, for you lived a fulfilled life. May Thy Lord continue to be with your family and all you left behind always. Amen
Posted by ope Popoola on May 29, 2021
Sky each day passed but the thought of your passing so fresh and painful. You are forever in our heart.
Posted by Jeremy Lee on May 29, 2021
Yoz Sky,

It has been a while since you left us mere mortals. Our lives are such. Brief passages and moments. But the richness of that encounter with you all that 27 years ago left a bond. I miss you dear friend. Whatever you said, I know God is proving you wrong. Put in a good word for us till we meet again.
Posted by Viv Edwards on May 28, 2021
"Gone but not forgotten" may be a platitude but is certainly the case for Sky. My memories of him and his family are sweet and enduring.
Posted by Paul Kerswill on May 27, 2021
Thinking about those conversations about Africa and its cultures. You were my fount of information and advice, for which I'll be ever grateful.
Posted by Oladipo Salami on May 27, 2021
Remembered you today, as always , since your passing. May your beautiful soul continue to bathe in the perpetual light of the Creator.
Posted by Adegboye Adeyanju on May 27, 2021
A wonderful family man; a very generous, kind and compassionate academic.A man who is humane in life and words.I recall all your assistance to me and the encouragements.Rest in peace.
Posted by Yanperuwa Oshisanya on May 27, 2021
Wow, still another year to remember how in literary class we shared the sonnet, part of which I recall because of Sky's height and accomplishments: "My name is Ozymandias, the King who rules over even other Kings. Behold what I have built, all you who think of yourselves as powerful, and despair at the magnificence and superiority of my accomplishments." In character and in passing, memories of Sky helped to understand the sonnet in praise art's power of preserving the past. R.I.P.

'lai
Posted by Karen Omoniyi on May 27, 2021
Well it is 4 years today since you were called to rest.  It does not get any easier and the sense of loss is still so immense.  You are missed every minute of every day. You are still so loved my darling and by so many. Rest in peace x
Posted by Sim Leserge on May 27, 2021
Sky, we still remember you.
Posted by Sangeeta Bg on May 27, 2021
In memory and missed...
Posted by Omoniyi Omoronike on April 6, 2021
Thinking about you Uncle,the memories we had and your words of encouragement and correction are something I will never trade for gold,it's so painful u left so early but am glad you are resting in the bossom of our heavenly father till we meet to part no more.
  
Posted by Adebola Onigbinde on February 26, 2021
Happy Post humous Birthday Uncle. Your memory lives on in our hearts. Till we meet to part no more. I love you. God loves u more.

Aunt Karen, Continue to stay strong. I love you always and I miss you so much. My love goes to Mara, Nisha & Feranmi.
Posted by Oladipo Salami on February 21, 2021
Skymam,
You would have been 65 this year on this side of the divide but God knows best why you were called home before today. You will always be remembered as a brother my mom never had. Happy birthday.
Dips
Posted by Anita Cuddihy on February 20, 2021
Thinking of you today on your birthday. RIP Sky
Posted by Sim Leserge on February 20, 2021
Sky,
So sorry I didn't get to see you more when we were both in Singapore. You lightened my experience in Hillside, where you lived in the house opposite.
Simon Sergeant
Posted by Karen Omoniyi on February 20, 2021
Happy Heavenly Birthday to my love. You would have been 65 today ❤️  
Posted by kayode onigbinde on January 25, 2021
I love you Endlessly Uncle. I love you. I am happy and blessed to know You're resting and in Heaven. Thinking of you right now .. Rest easy
Posted by Tai O on December 28, 2020
Recent published contribution by Tope Omoniyi:

AMBIGUATION AND REINTERPRETATION AS RHETORICAL STRATEGIES IN POLITICAL TALK: MAKING WEAPONS OF NAMES, LOGOS AND SLOGANS
T Omoniyi - … , Linguistics, Language and Literature: Essays in …

https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C5&q=6.+Ambiguation+and+reinterpretation+&btnG=#d=gs_qabs&u=%23p%3DWu7hIJJJZWoJ
Posted by Lizzy Idigbe on December 24, 2020
May Sky continue to rest in Peace, We trust you are in heaven, please continue to watch over Karen and your children.

Posted by Karen Omoniyi on December 24, 2020
Thinking of you my darling.
Posted by Florence Amiesimaka on June 25, 2020
May your gentle soul rest in peace.
Just when I thought we were going to catch up after 44yrs since A'levels. Proud of your life achievements and your care for yours. Evergreen in our hearts.
Posted by Tai O on June 2, 2020
Baba Sky, rest on and rest well.
Taiwo
Posted by Alatise Maroof on May 31, 2020
Words would never be enough to describe this exceptional man. He was created by God to influence the world of many - a purpose he fulfilled and was still fulfilling until death took him from us. He was a man who sees the golden attributes in all, no matter how lowly one think of himself/herself. For those who came to know him, he would always want you to excel and willing to get and guide you through, all the way until you achieve your goals.
We remember you always, Prof.
And our prayers are with your Karen and kids. Rest on, Sky!
Posted by kayode onigbinde on May 28, 2020
Dear Uncle
3 years gone and the Pain does not Ease, i still reminisce on your voice and words. It saddens me you left when I grew to know how much you mean to me and thought I would tap from your wisdom, you were my hero, Forever and a day.
You will always remain that hero
Till I meet you again someday.
I will embrace you in my arms
The pain does not ease.
You remain in my heart forever

Dear Mummy Karen, May God never leave you. My love to you, Nisha, Mara and Feranmi.
Posted by FK Lawal on May 28, 2020
How time flies. Three years without Sky. It is best not to imagine how hard it would be for Kareen and the children, talkless of the mum and the brothers and sisters that are all so dear to Tope's heart. We can only continue to trust in God for His mercy on all. Please take heart and stay strong to guide those children just as Sky has done to many others. Our heart and prayers are with you all.
Posted by Kamal Mamat on May 28, 2020
Missing you, my friend. Been three years and a day after you've left us. I've kept our last conversation over WhatsApp in March 2017 as a reminder of your kindness and the gentle soul that you are.

Yours truly,
Kamal
Posted by Anthony Idigbe on May 27, 2020
Sky,

Time flies! We are in a pandemic now. It’s caused my COVID-19. Many left to join you the past six months. It’s a time to reflect here. The earth is healing, we are pondering. Life is frugal. What we can really hold onto is memory. The kids playing in your garden in Reading and you and Karen scolding me to drop the phone and enjoy my holiday. One of the best scolding I ever received. The good time we had around the world. The friendship we developed. Lizzy and I were able to see Karen once since you left. We could do more, but life’s struggles have not helped. We have them and you in mind always. Rest well as we remain militant over here.

Tony
Posted by BABATUNDE FASHANU on May 27, 2020
Skypower,
Can't believe its been 3 years since you left us, do continue to rest in peace. May the good Lord keep protecting the family you left behind. Amen.
Posted by ope Popoola on May 27, 2020
It's just like yesterday Sky we remember you today and always. You are forever in our hearts. Rest on Sky in the bossom of our Lord. We miss you.
Posted by Tajudeen Balogun on May 27, 2020
Topsy, another year rolled by without your towering and affectionate presence in our midst. The two beautiful years we spent together and the indelible mark and your remarkable influence on me will forever remain in my memory. Continue to rest peacefully brother knowing that the countless people you positively touched their lives will never forget you.
Posted by Oladipo Salami on May 27, 2020
Skyman, I remember you today, as always, a brother and a friend. You made so much impact on my scholarship, especially letting me see beyond 'lifeless' language structures. Miss you.
Posted by Jeremy Lee on May 27, 2020
Hey Old friend. Having good laughs in heaven I bet. Miss your laughter.

Save a good spot for me.
Posted by Karen Omoniyi on May 27, 2020
It is three years today since you left this earth.  We your family talk about you and remember everyday.  You gave us great joy and much love.  Your legacy lives on in your children.  Rest my darling xx
Posted by Anita Cuddihy on May 27, 2020
Thinking of you today Sky. Miss you x God bless
Posted by Karen Omoniyi on May 4, 2020
Thinking of you darling.  May is such a difficult month. Miss you everyday x
Posted by Viv Edwards on February 22, 2020
Three years have passed but no shortage of evidence of your ongoing impact on so many people. I think often of you and your lovely family with smiles and great affection
Posted by Lamia Bach Baoueb on February 21, 2020
Rest in peace bro, you will never ever be forgotten!! regards to Karen and the kids! God bless you and give you the strength to carry on! love 
Posted by Tai O on February 21, 2020
Baba Sky, your article for the Adegbija festschrift, "Ambiguation and reinterpretation as rhetorical strategies in political talk: Making weapons of names, logos and slogans," was published recently ...
Forever relevant; forever missed!
Posted by Anita Cuddihy on February 20, 2020
Happy birthday Sky, we celebrated today with tears of sadness but also laughter and love. We miss you still and always
Posted by Pastor Deji Orija on February 20, 2020
My Prof. Why now? Till now I have not been able to pick back my research work on Effective Communication on Public Health. You have created a vacuum too large to fill.
My greatest consolation is that you are resting.
Karen and children, please take solace in the good works your husband and father left behind. Surely they speak loud enough for all of us to hear.
Remain blessed.
Posted by Karen Omoniyi on February 20, 2020
Happy Birthday my darling.  We celebrated having had you in our lives today. We thank God for all his blessings. Rest well my love x
Posted by ope Popoola on February 20, 2020
Just like yesterday Uncle. Miss you every day continue to rest in peace Sir you live forever in our hearts.
Posted by Sunday Ayantayo on February 20, 2020
Today marks the posthumous birhday professor Tope Omoniyi who relocated from the terrestrial world to the celestial world in 2017. Prof. I remember you today for good. It is painful that you left when we needed you most. You have not finished your assignment. Who will complete it? I wish you can come back. Let your presence be felt again. Come! Come! Come! We are expecting you.
Unfortunately, we won't meet again here until the resurrection day. Missing you is an understatement. Your legacies are our consolation. We no longer mourn you but happy you did not live for nothing. We still feel you in the world of sociolinguistics. Adieu, prof.
Posted by Anthony Idigbe on February 20, 2020
Always in my mind, my friend. God’s speed!
Posted by Caroline Flynn on February 20, 2020
Dear Tope, I have fond and now sad memories of a polite, helpful and empathetic person, whom it was a pleasure to work with.
Posted by Paul Kerswill on January 28, 2020
I do so miss your sharing of all things West African, as I deepen my own understanding of language and society there. When I'm with your former colleagues in Ghana, I have heard them say: 'What would Sky have thought about this?', or: 'Sky would have appreciated this!'. Thinking of your family, too.
Posted by Eddie Williams on January 27, 2020
Tope, Thank you for your radiant personality and friendship - thinking of you still brings us happiness. Annie and I look forward to renewing and reaffirming our connection with your family.
Posted by Roberta Piazza on January 26, 2020
Dear Tope, our book is out and is dedicated to you. Always remembering you and your enthusiasm.
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Posted by Anthony Idigbe on May 30, 2021
Sky P,

We dey here o!
Posted by Alatise Maroof on May 30, 2021
Continue to rest with the Lord, Prof, for you lived a fulfilled life. May Thy Lord continue to be with your family and all you left behind always. Amen
Posted by ope Popoola on May 29, 2021
Sky each day passed but the thought of your passing so fresh and painful. You are forever in our heart.
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Ozymandias

Shared by Yanperuwa Oshisanya on May 27, 2021
Wow, still another year to remember how in literary class we shared the sonnet, part of which I recall because of Sky's height and accomplishments: "My name is Ozymandias, the King who rules over even other Kings. Behold what I have built, all you who think of yourselves as powerful, and despair at the magnificence and superiority of my accomplishments." In character and in passing, memories of Sky helped to understand the sonnet in praise art's power of preserving the past. R.I.P.

'lai

Gentleman

Shared by Simon` Sergeant on December 20, 2017

I had the privilege of meeting Sky at Reading University when he was living opposite me at Hillside in 1993. His full nickname was SkyPower.  I remember his legs were too long for the bed. During a time of stress he was a supportive friend. 

Later he spent some time in Singapore and I regret I did not see him much, apart from an evening when we spent a couple of hours listening to Fela just before he left. He told me the meaning of some of the lyrics and of his admiration for Ken Saro-Wiwa.

It was a privilege to spend some time with this great soul. I am so sorry he has gone. My sincere condolences to his family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snIV_-IECsM

From fellow student to distinguished colleague

Shared by Clinton Robinson on June 14, 2017

Sky and I did our doctoral studies under the same supervisor at Reading, Dr Paul Kerswill. I had recently returned from more than 10 years in Cameroon, and Sky arrived a couple of years later from Nigeria. In our research, we both had urgent questions on the use of African languages, and it was a special pleasure to be able to interact with Sky on these mutual concerns. His unfailing courtesy in debate and his ever-ready humour and smile are memories that I carry with me from that time.

Our paths diverged as Sky carved out his professional – and then professorial – niche, but continued to cross occasionally at conferences and other events. Far from creating any professorial distance, Sky was ever the same friend and colleague – interested, enquiring, positive and optimistic.

I am saddened that he is no longer with us and will miss him as an outstanding scholar and as a person whose sense of the fullness of life always inspired. My heartfelt condolences go to his wife Karen and their family.