ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our beloved and exceptional dad, Zacchaeus Salami. He remains in our heart forever.
Posted by Omojola Temitope on April 20, 2021
Chief Z.O salami you are a dad anyone will pray to have thanks for the lessons you taught me for 10 years (most sensitive time of any mans life)You live a good life ,a dedicated and committed father to your children...still cherish the last time with you always asking after my family.You taught me to save no matter the little you earn..,still got alert from shares you force me to buy then(lol)The last time on phone was also memorable.
Thanks for the great impact in my life.May God keep all you left behind and stay by mum.........good night dad my hero
Posted by Ayewumi Olusoji on April 20, 2021
A well spent life is not just to dine only but the impact on other peoples life either positively or the reverse which there is no proof of your indulgence in the latter. dad you were a concise form of altruistic world..
Rest on papa.
Posted by Oludolapo Jaiyeola on April 19, 2021
I had the privilege of meeting Daddy Salami at my sister's (Ibitola) introduction and wedding ceremony. He struck me as a life-loving, amiable and unassuming personality with a sense of humor. Thank you for being a great Dad-in-love to my sis. You will surely be missed but we know you are resting in the Lord's bosom.
May the Lord comfort, strengthen and fill in every gap for mummy and the entire family in Jesus name. Amen
Posted by Iranola Reuben on April 19, 2021
    Dad , I miss you very much, your laughter, your smile, your teaching and ur jokes.
    I will always remember all the things you thought me and the words of advice you gave me.
    Daddy, you left a great legacy to us and everyone that knew you.
    You were a caring father,very trust-worthy,kind and so many virtues that cannot remember now.
    Anything you do, you do it with diligence and great commitment. Daddy I love you and I miss you very much .Dad good bye.
Aminu Friday Reuben Iranola
Posted by OMOJOLA TAIWO on April 19, 2021
A Tribute to an Hero
Gone but never forgotten,your death Dad is very sudden.I know how close you are to my Mum'Nee Victoria Salami. Few weeks before death took you away, you still visit my mom,that she prepared your best food for you"Pounded Yam".
 Daddy,after your dismissed,Mummy was very sick,that I was so afraid and pray everyday beside her hospital bed for longlife and sound health for her. I thank God,she is getting better now.
 Daddy to me, you will always live on, because your memories will never leave our heart. We love you, but God love you most. Rest in the bottom of the Lord.Aduie Papa
Posted by OluYinka Adedeji on April 18, 2021
Daddy Salami was a peace loving & caring father. Always ready to help and impact the lives of everyone who came into contact with him. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by Olatunde BeJide on April 17, 2021
Daddy Salami was a greatman who made an impact to everyone he came in contact with. A God fearing,Humble,Soft spoken,always fun to be with gentleman,Loving father,always available to listen and be of help. Daddy has lived a fruitfull and Victorious Life in Christ and to mankind.He is in a better place at the right bossom of our Lord.May his gentle soul find eternal rest with his creator in peace. Sun Re O, Baba Rere.
Posted by Clement Akowe on April 17, 2021
Rest in peace Chief Z O Salami the Baba Ijo of St James Ang Church Korowa Oka, the entire Church and community will missed you, you've fought a good fight, continue to rest on
Posted by salami temitope on April 17, 2021
When the mirror is broken, you no longer see your Image. On that dreadful day you departed this sinful world to join the saints, it has not been same again for me. Dad, you are the mirror at which I looked at my life, the mirror at which I looked at myself and now that you are gone, my life is so empty that I feel it in my soul. My solance is the fact that you live a righteous life. Dad, every moment of your life is like a book on a path towards heavenly bliss. Baba you are my biggest fan and my greatest role model, I could call him at any time and he always has a solution to my problems.
Dad was and still is in memory, a strong, intelligent, dedicated and honest man. He sacrificed his years doing good for his family and people around him, without wanting or expecting anything in return. He set an example to others, for his integrity and loyalty. There wasn’t anything he wouldn’t do to make the life of people around him better. His joyful, positive spirit was remarkable, along with his acceptance of everyone he knew. he was a very dedicated leader, and gave his all in everything he set his heart to do. We were always taken care of very well by him and we always felt so proud of him, for who he was. Now, he is in the afterlife. We still feel so proud of him, and we marvel about all he was and all he did. Our love for him stays strong as the days go by.
As we look back over time,
We find ourselves wondering …..
Did we remember to thank you enough
For all you have done for us?
For all the times you were by our sides
To help and support us …..
To celebrate our successes
To understand our problems
And accept our defeats?
Or for teaching us by your example,
The value of hard work, good judgment,
Courage and integrity?
We wonder if we ever thanked you
For the sacrifices you made.
To let everyone around you have the very best?
And for the simple things
Like laughter, smiles and times we shared?
If we have forgotten to show our
Gratitude enough for all the things you did,
We’re thanking you now Dad.
And we are hoping you knew all along,
How much you meant to us.
We may no longer see you but in dreams, hold you, touch you, or talk to you. But you will always live forever in Our heart and mind
Farewell Dad.
Salami Temitope Stephen, Your Son
Posted by Ibiyemi Dare on April 16, 2021
Rest on Mr. Z.O. Salami: Fondly remembered as “Uncle IGL”. I bless the name of the Lord for great and fun memories.  You have a very soft tone, that always make me want to listen... even if I am not in agreement. Although, I never got your angry side. “ yes! I gat it like that”.  I know some of my siblings can’t say the same. : ) Ah ah . My Dad (Late Major S.O. Alao) sends for you like you are a fixer.  I remember all the “ Apostle must hear this moments” LOL.  I always wonder why you always side with Dad?  I guess that’s what brothers or parents do... Thanks uncle , I am a parent now and I kind of get it. Family story has it that , I was the first baby given birth to soon after you arrived at ikeja -Lagos in the late 60s. Hence you are always fond of me... special thanks for my IGL lunches and lifetime stories from you. My correct Aruba!  I remember my visit to (Popoola street ) the Bello’s & Omiyales . You were glad I stopped by, but confused as to how I know how to use public transportation from ilorin to Lagos.  You were very accessible , calm and jovial . Your office was just across the street from our house @ Charity bus stop. You were always diligent and well respected at the office.  May the Lord comfort us all.                                                  Sun re o !                                                           Dr. ( Mrs.) IBI alao Dare
Posted by Teju Salami on April 15, 2021
My dear adored daddy...Still feels like a dream as I write this. Daddy you welcomed me in your arms just like I was your very own daughter. As I hear stories about you it shows that's just who you were. A loving and caring man who wanted the best for others. Thank you for being a wonderful father in- law. Thank you for being a great grandpa.Time's valuable, it's consistently changing and sits tight for nobody. 
Rest well my darling dad in-law, rest well. I will always love you..
Posted by Babat Olugbenjo on April 15, 2021
Dad will indeed be forever missed. He always wears a smile, never a dull moment around him. Whenever i saw him he stretched his arms wide open and pulls near to give a warm embrace. A loving father, a genuine being, an incredible man.    We love you so much but we know God loves you more. Rest well Dad.... Rest WELL!
Posted by jaiyeola bolanle on April 14, 2021
It's with heavy heart but with praise to Almighty God that I write, remembering you as a jovial in-law and Ifeoluwa' s Grandpa. You will be forever be missed. Do have external rest till we meet again someday. May the good Lord give family and friends left behind fortitude to bear the loss. Amen.
Posted by Tunde Onolaja on April 14, 2021
It is with a heavy heart that I write this, remembering how good and caring you have been to me and my siblings. You will forever be in our hearts daddy and I pray you rest peacefully in the Lord.
Posted by Bunmi Omiyale on April 13, 2021
Wooo , what can I say that have not be said or written by others . Ummm I will add a few thoughts . My family and I met Mr. Salami as always call him in 1990 in 1990 at Popoola street Iyana - Ipaja . Lagos . Being newly married, myself and my husband were drawn to his family . He has a family of disciplined , caring and respectful “ kids” . Mr Salami and his wife mummy became our adoptive parents with the Bello’s of blessed memory . Mr Salami has a heart of gold , he is unassuming , intelligent and just open . I admire his love for his children and always wonder how come he is such a doting , loving , down to earth dad . Note I am now referring to him as dad , because mummy and him played that role to us as we grow out young family .
Things happen and we moved from Ipaja to Ishashi then to Canada . The few times I visited him in Canada were remarkable . He dutifully requested about the well being of the boys and affirmed that he was proud of their achievements. He reminded me to keep up the good work and reprimanded me for being too far away from him and “my sister FUNMI “ .
He did not change his positive , calm and passionate stance on family and togetherness in the 30 years that I know him .
Daddy you are missed already and it’s just too sad to agree that you are truly gone .
Rest In Peace Baba Wooo , what can I say that have not be said or written by others . Ummm I will add a few thoughts. My family and I met Mr. Salami as we often or initially call him in 1990 in at Popoola street Iyana - Ipaja . Lagos . Being newly married, myself and my husband were drawn to his family . He has a family of disciplined , caring and respectful “kids” . Mr Salami and his wife mummy became our adoptive parents with the Bello’s of blessed memory . Mr Salami has a heart of gold , he is unassuming , intelligent and just open arms . I admire his love for his children and always wonder how come he is such a doting , loving , down to earth dad very different from a typical Nija man . Note , I am now referring to him as dad , because mummy and him played that role to us as we grow out young family .
Things happened and we moved from Ipaja to Ishashi then to Canada . The few times I visited him in Canada were remarkable . He dutifully requested about the well being of my sons and affirmed that he was proud of their achievements. He reminded me to keep up the good work and reprimanded me for being too far away from him and “my sister FUNMI “ . Daddy did not change his positive , calm and passionate stance on family and togetherness in the 30 years that I know him .
Daddy you are missed already and it’s just too sad to agree that you are truly gone .
Rest In Peace Baba Funlola ( that’s what mummy calls him when we are chatting ) .
Bunmi and Yinka omiyale
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 13, 2021
Chief Zaccheus Salami was a very good friend of mine. He was like a brother to me. Even though he was very strict, his humility, forthrightness and sincerity were second to none. His death is a big blow to Oka Kingdom and he will surely be missed!
May His Soul Rest In Peace. Sun re o. Aare Alhaji Abdulkadir Olabode Abdullateef.
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 13, 2021
In Honour of my Uncle, the Late Chief Z. O. Salami

It is painful that death did not allow me to spend enough time with you in your retirement because you were not simply an uncle but a father indeed. In the face of challenge, you still fought on and were full of hope. To me, you were a great counsellor, and a reliable and responsible man that anyone who came in contact with you could testify to.

When you saw me in December, you asked after my husband and children. You were a good man in the real sense of it. My uncle and daddy, you lived a respectable life and in whose presence no one had a dull moment. You were an example worthy of my emulation.

The news of your departure really shocked me not long after I got back to my place of work, but the good memories that I have, I shall for ever cherish and hold as consolation.

With gratitude to God Almighty for a life well lived I say, rest in peace in the secret place of your Creator who loves you more than we do, till we meet again at the Resurrection.

Adieu Daddy.

Mrs. Olufunke Adeodu (Nee Adeoye Salami)
Posted by Oladunni Okwudinka on April 13, 2021
    

           ADIEU MY DARLING DAD

Daddy,million words are not enough to celebrate you. A true father and a father indeed not only to me but to so many others.He was a classy, elegant man,a very good dresser.His suit,tie everything is always in place especially when he is off to work, I admire him.
  He was a person of peace,joy, handsome in body, soul and character with a very loving and caring disposition. Darling dad how can I forget you or be able to explain in words how you embraced me at "first sight " that was as far back as 1992 (Adeyemi College of Education). Thanks to my darling pally Funmilola, I met him and up till date I never regretted knowing him. Funmi and I were always with full expectations and happiness when daddy comes visiting in school. He takes us out for lunch and stocks in bulk raw foods, gives us money and we are always good to go for the month. Daddy is so disciplined he never leaves us without one or two words of advice. At his leisure we discussed issues watched tv drink and smiled together lovely memories
  We thank God for your life. We shall cherish and try to emulate your hardwork,steadfastness and courage. He loved and was much loved by his large family and he extended this love to all who came in contact with him. We give God all the thanks, glory and honour. We will never stop praising HIM for dad.For his life was GOOD, and he was GOOD. Rest in perfect peace darling dad.You were loved by so many.
Posted by Funmi Olayinka on April 13, 2021
I got to know daddy through my dear friend Yemisi and since then we all became family friends. He is so friendly and open to welcome other people. I remember anytime he came to visit in Unilorin, we would gather around his car. His advices and support were always on point. So sad I couldn't get to visit the last time you came to Canada. Never knew that will be your last visit to us. But we are consoled that you left a great legacy of lives touched behind. May your soul rest in peace.
Posted by Tayo Onolaja on April 13, 2021
It' was with great sadness that I learnt of your passing. I remember your smile and warm reception whenever I came to your office at BOC. During visiting days at RSS you would always ask to see me and ensure I was fine. You were loving and kind to all. Your words of advice and encouragement the few times I got to speak with you in recent years, will remain with me. Rest on in the blossom of the Lord. You will forever be missed. Adieu
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 13, 2021
TRIBUTE TO LATE ZACCHAEUS O. SALAMI.

The sweet memories of a unifying mentor of Salami family. You were indeed a father, one to be reckoned with and patterned after, who showed love in every respect to all his relations, wife, children and grandchildren.
I cannot forget in a hurry how you handed over your daughters, especially Funmilola Salami, who was then in SS3 at Remo Secondary School Sagamu for the teaching of Mathematics and Further Mathematics. I took up this task as a challenge for the simple fact that you *believed* in me. You made it clear to me then that I should ensure that this girl, now Mrs Bamgbose, excell in the subjects and to God be the glory , she did very well on the two subjects at WAEC Level and went ahead to study Mathematics at University of Ibadan, Ibadan and came out in flying colours.
" A heart so kind and loving , a voices so soft,a smile so sweet, and inspirations of worthwhile and a love so wonderful to keep" God be with you till we meet to part no more.

Musa Olalekan Ganiyu
Posted by Funke Salami on April 13, 2021
How do I even start to talk about you in the past tense?

Miss you so much Daddy. What a loving grandfather and father in law you were. You were a man's man! From the very first day of meeting you, you were totally accepting and loving.You were a kind grandfather, great father and a sweet father in law. Totally devoted, kind,giving and principled. You left a legacy of sacrificial love to which we should all aspire.As we lay your physical body to rest , I am reminded of a line from Shakespeare's As You Like It."

"All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; they have their exits and their entrances; and one man in his time plays many parts."

You have played many parts and you played each well.

Olumide mourns your passing. Timi and Tammy do and I do rather, stoically. Sometime soon and it won't be long " your memory will bring a smile to the lips of your loved ones before it brings tears"- J Biden

Till we meet again on resurrection morning, sleep well Daddy.
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 13, 2021
In Honour of our Uncle, the Late Chief Z. O. Salami

You are not the one reading this appreciation because you have left your mortal state. But those who will be reading it will be able to see our humble effort to keep your memory alive in our hearts.

There is a joy, even a pride, that is triggered in the heart of a niece, nephew, or sibling as they welcome home an uncle or older brother or sister. There is an awareness that makes anyone say; ‘that is my uncle’, or ‘that is my brother’. To us, you were one of such. We could claim you as ours: with appreciation. We know that to other people, you meant many other things.

It was thrilling to refer to you as Z.O. but it was even more fulfilling recalling your presence at some points of our milestones. I recall the very first time I met you. We recall the joy of your presence at our introduction and wedlock. I recall my first visit to your house at Agege and the one to your office at IGL. I recall a fleeting moment when I met you on the bridge at Iyana Ipaja as you were driving to the office and I was en route Agidingbi, my work place then. We recall your face at Ogoso at the reception ground following Mama Oka’s interment. We recall your dance in front of the family house at Oka as you celebrated your chieftaincy. We recall the few moments shared since your retirement and return to Akure and before then, when you came to Kuje.

It was gratifying that your wife is my aunty.

We have accepted your transition but what we have to deal with is the reality of an uncle who has vacated our physical presence. Our hope is in God the Author and Giver of life; Whose Spirit we shall wholly rely on for strength during this period.

Sleep on, our dear Uncle Z.O. 

Mrs. Olufunke Adeodu (Nee Adeoye Salami)
and
Aanuoluwapo Adeodu
Posted by Omotola Subair on April 13, 2021
I first met daddy when he and mummy came to babysit in Leicester. Since then I have come to know him as someone who dots over his children. Very humble, kind and loving.
I pray that the Lord keep his family. And that God will fill the gap he left ijn
Rest in peace daddy.
The Subairs
Posted by Adeola Ijigade on April 13, 2021
Getting to know you through your daughter helped me see how much of a caring and loving father you were. Although I only got to meet you twice I will never forget your smiling face. I want to thank God for the legacy of a kind, loving, and truthful person you were that is reviled in the way your daughter Fumilola's life is.
Funmilola I know you miss your father but the Lord will comfort you in this time. Always remember that your father is with the Lord and is resting now.
May Papa Sun re o 
Posted by Bisi Bello on April 12, 2021
The journey of a man starts in Heaven, where our souls rest with our Heavenly Father.
The Angels looked down from heaven one night
They searched from miles afar
And deep within a distance
They could see your light shining
Then God asked you to get your wings and join Him
You were indeed a wonderful soul. The kindest of hearts!
You fought a good fight. Your good works will never be forgotten.
Rest on in the bosom of the Lord!

Posted by taiwo osuntoyinbo on April 12, 2021
To my Omoge and the rest of the family, going through the tributes and the collage of pictures made me reflect how much joy we all would've felt if we were celebrating Daddy's 80th instead of his departure to the world beyond. However, God knows best. Daddy's life was a great example of not how long, but how well. He took everyone in as a family. From the 1st time I met him, I felt his love and his humility. Very kind, very thoughtful and very giving. Thank you Daddy for the wisdom of your words, the wisdom of your ways and the wisdom in your selfless love. You're missed, but grateful for all that I learnt from you. Rest in peace OUR Daddy
Posted by Afolabi Alade on April 12, 2021
Mr Salami was one of our big boss in BOC Gases, he retained that esteem position even until he went to rest in death. The news of his death was a big shock when I heard of it. One thing that is sure is that all human owe that debt- death

I happened to first met him as our GM-F in around year ,2000 during one of his official trip to BOC Gases Warri branch. Then I learnt that he was a man that tolerated no nonsense but a very meticulous, strict but always reward hardwork and honesty

I happened to have opportunity to still engage in series of official engagement with him for several years even after his meritorious retirement from BOC Gases. Baba was still part of BOC large family even until his death!

I really learnt a lot from him. He was a Great Accountant, very organized, accurate records keepers and if you were not told, you will take him for a lawyer. You can hardly find fault in his analogy and command of figures

Another valuable quality I learnt from Baba is that, he was very humble. Despite the long in age differences, despite all the skills and certifications he got, he never underate or speak harshly on no one irespective of your age or status. He always treat us like sons , which of course we were to him

Baba do not compromise on standard practice and he was not tribalistic

Infact, Baba had many good qualities that were synanimous with his company name "Otitoju"

We have lost a Great Man. We have lost a Man of Great talent.

May God console the immediate family and we all that he had positive impact on our life

Amen

Posted by Omojola Adeola on April 12, 2021
Tribute to ZOS
ZO as fondly called, your sudden exit remain a shock to me. Like a candle in the wind" he was blown into Eternity in a twinkle of an eye,leaving us bewildered and wondering what hit us. We bonded well as "Uncle" father and family for over forty-five years and l will describe him as a very respectful, loving and sanguine. You were a man of Peace and you left peacefully but painfully to us human and JAB Omojola family
Rest in peace my confidant till meet before our creator
Gbenga,Deola,tope,Biodun,Femi and twins Omojola
The entire family of JAB OMOJOLA
Posted by Funsho Bejide on April 12, 2021
Daddy daddy, still can’t believe you have passed on to the Lord.
Great and loving father who will be missed.
As I’m writing this piece, I’m seeing your smiling face. Great sense of humour, will never forget the jokes we shared, and your advices.
Nice, kind and humble gentleman who genuinely cared for people. Gone but will never be forgotten. Will forever remember all the moments shared.
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Posted by Adekunle Adeoye on April 12, 2021
A special tribute to our dearest Uncle/Dad.

You left a great vacuum that could not be filled up easily. The good moments we shared together can never be forgotten forever. You were a great achiever that lived up to expectations by fulfilling all your dreams. You only believed in efforts and detest the word impossibility. You had a very good sense of humour which was also laced with a very high level of discipline. Daddy, we know you have conquered death victoriously and you have gone to rest in the bosom of your creator. Continue to rest in peace Z.O as you were fondly called by both young and Old. It is well.
Posted by Biyi Adegbie on April 12, 2021
Daddy sonee(Sonata) as we fondly called him. You were a man I know loved his children. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace and my love and thoughts with Mummy and the whole family. Accept my sincere condolences. RIP Daddy you will be greatly missed.
Posted by Adebo Adeoye on April 12, 2021
Oh Death, where is your sting?

Our dear Uncle,
How you left without a wave of hand?
You left without parting smiles and kisses.
You left without considering the agony your demise would bring to the heart of your ‘Brother Mike’.
We knew it had to happen at some point, as it is the cycle of life but alas, we were not prepared at this time.
Your deep sleep struck us as an unimaginable surprise.
Your photographs and recorded videos are what we are left with as remembrances of a true father and an erudite accountant per excellence.
Your actions and reactions are still cast in stone in our hearts, our beloved 2nd Grandpa, as our children fondly called you.
You will be so missed as the vacuum created in our hearts, only God can fill.
Our dad’s beloved brother whom he never found any fault in.
A workaholic with high sense of humour.
A rare father, who was loving to a fault.
An articulate accountant who never assumed but paid attention to details.
Fondly missed, yet fondly remembered.
We would have held you back if we had the strength but the Supreme loved you more.
Sun un re o,
Omo a soro l’owowo ebi
Omo asoro nugbi’yan n ja
Omo Asalu u panle k’eni
Omo onipetesi n’ile, omo onipetesi l’oko
Omo anikannikan bulu p’ope
Omo anikannikan bulu gb’ehe.
Sleep on Beloved.
We shall meet to part no more.
Good night, our ZOT.

From the Adeoye Family.
Posted by Olaide Olaigbe on April 12, 2021
Gone But Never Forgotten.
He was a great man who dedicated himself to his family. He was a dad to a lot of us. He was someone to look up to, someone to follow and someone to admire. He provided for his family and made sure the children had the guidance they needed.
My heartfelt condolences on the demise of daddy. I know how close he was to his children and how much my dear friend(Funmi) adored him. We will all miss him forever. Just remember all the good times shared with him. May His soul rest in perfect peace.
Posted by BumsyBee Beauty on April 12, 2021
A TRIBUTE TO A FOREVER LEGEND AND AN ETERNAL ICON – MY FATHER, MY TEACHER, MY MENTOR

Daddy to me you will always live on, you will live on because there is no father like you and no one can ever replace you, you will live on because your memories will never be extinguished from me, you will live on because the life lessons, values, moral and ethical stance you imparted in me will never deem, you will live on because your legacy lives through me, you will live on because your blood flows through me and hence many generations to come.

You are one in a million , no doubt the best man I have ever met not an exaggeration but facts! I am forever thankful and grateful to God that you are my father.
When I talk about you to people that have never met you they always think I exaggerate my praise of you but the people that have met you understands and know that I only speak facts and what you always referred to as the “gospel truth”

Daddy your lessons in Generosity is one of the truths about you that I will hold on to forever, while I was growing up I used to be angry about the level of your giving to others especially when it meant limited resources for us your children. You would make us justify our wants and needs which was so frustrating little did I know that you were imparting in us Value based, Financial and Budgetary skills that would shape us and generations to come.

You imparted and influenced everyone you crossed paths with, you affected and made a difference in peoples lives, you shaped and you nurtured the lives of everyone you cared about. You are and will forever be an example to emulate in patience, love, understanding, empathy, focus, diligence, integrity, honesty, accountability, tenderness, longsuffering and most of all endurance.


Endurance and Perseverance were one of the first lessons I learnt from you, studying for your professional exams while in full time work and full grown family was a testament to who you are. In all the intensity of life at the time you still had time for us, you endured and never gave up until you qualified as an Accountant.
You instilled these same qualities in us as we grew up, taught us never to give up, demanded the best of our abilities from us. Dad no man compares to you Heavens gain is really our loss as this world is missing an ICON , SUN RE O BABA MI.


I never realised how valuable your lessons in Contentment will be, you showed us how much we were enough for you in terms of life’s wealth you never chased after the frivolities of this world. While others were driving the latest cars and wearing the latest clothes you invested yourself and your resources on us with no regrets and with all your heart and strength.

Your contentment with your family meant you put us first above any human, wants or needs, you strive to ensure we have all the essential necessities we needed in life to be fulfilled.
You taught us not to covet what we don’t have but to be satisfied with what we have no matter what. Daddy you never pulled anyone down instead you helped build people around you and never cared or minded even when those people becomes more successful than you.
I bet you never even realised that your footprints and handiwork were being mapped for the next generation, the lives you have touched and imparted will forever speak your praise, Heaven will forever bless the work of your hands.
I love and miss you dad, never imagined that you will be gone this soon, behold the forever Legend ZACCHEUS OTITOJU SALAMI .


Daddy, what you have accomplished in this world, the work of hands and your footprints will never be wiped off in Jesus Name, your legacy is soaked in the Blood of Jesus, the power of the Lord will forever protect your achievements in the Mighty Name of Jesus. I love you Forever my Sweet Daddy.

Your Favourite Daughter
BB

Posted by Olusiji Oluwunmi on April 12, 2021
GMF (short for General Manager-Finance) as most of us junior colleagues addressed him, was seen as a father figure to many of my contemporaries back then, was a very caring man. Firm & resolute as a Accountants were, he was at the same time a listening & compassionate man always ready to assist & even take you through the basis of any job & non - job related matter. You could easily take him for a lawyer in the way he presented his issues. Ever so ready to give a counsel now& again, I was sad when I learnt of his passing unto glory. May the Lord grant him eternal rest & be with the family he left behind. Adieu my Oga!!
Posted by Tola Salami on April 12, 2021
Daddy embraced me easily into the family and made room for me in his heart.
He was always interested in you achieving your maximal potential.
He made every effort to know more about my other family members and they always enjoyed him visiting them in Ilorin. My grandma’s sister will say “Let me know when Baba is in ilorin so we can cook for him". He called me one day while we were in Abeokuta to say he was attending my cousin’s graduation on my behalf.
He was so jovial, friendly and enjoyed a good conversation.
He was very invested in his children and then grandchildren. I always listened with interest when Tosin tells of something or other he did and tales of when he was younger.
I always watched the two of them chatting, arguing, discussing and just smile at the relationship.
Tosin had many plans for you as per old age and your health but we know God knows what’s best for you.
We miss you daddy. Continue resting.
Tola Salami - daughter in-law
Posted by Johnson Idowu on April 12, 2021
ZOT as he was popularly called was more than just a colleague in the office; we related like blood brothers from the same family. I recall living in his home for quite sometime during my first transfer from Kaduna to Lagos and the entire family members accepted me as one of their own. He was instrumental to my employment to BOC Gases Nigeria plc (formerly IGL) in January 1972 and we had a good time together in the company. ZOT has played his part well on earth and with the change of address, now lies at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will be surely be missed by the Idowu family with the assurance that the gap he has left behind will be filled by the Lord Himself. May the Lord uphold the entire members of the family.
JOHNSON & ESTHER IDOWU



Posted by Oluyemisi Osinaike on April 10, 2021
MY HERO IS GONE!
The greatest human is not he that has the most knowledge but he whose heart is full of love and compassion. My dad was a great man, full of knowledge, wisdom and compassion. He was my role model, an ideal father and husband to us and our mum. You respected our opinions and feelings and we were always first in your decision makings.

The news of your demise was absolutely grievous to me because I ought to have seen you a week before you died. You were my light, my encourager, my provider, my motivator, my confidence, my adviser, my strength ……you believed very much in me and never sees reason why I cannot be better than I am. You gave me a path and direction in life with your sweet words of advice and diplomacy in selling your smart ideas, which we all fall for without any iota of regret. I am into sciences today because of your soft and gentle advice which gave my life a turnaround. I owe to you, dad, what I am today. I live to impress you and to meet your expectations of me. When I was younger, i use to think of what you will feel about me if I do certain things….”would my dad be happy to see me do this?”….or “dad will definitely be proud of me if do that”….those were what dictated and modeled my conducts in life. You impacted many lives through your selflessness and generosity. You made a huge difference in every life that came across you.

You taught me how to priotize, how to sort my ‘needs’ from my ‘wants’ ,”necessities and luxuries”, you taught me contentment, perseverance and patience as you will always say “isuru a se okuta jina” – patience will cook a stone until it is soft”.

Though you are gone, your legacies will be forever, from generation to generation. You were the greatest man that ever lived for me. You lived for your country, Nigeria. You lived for Ondo State. You lived for your home town, Oka Akoko. You made indelible impacts that will live after you. You lived for your family and you lived for God Almighty. You were truly my hero, as you always taught us and eulogize us your children:
Omo ‘Salu ponle n keni
Omo ‘soro l’owo ebi
Omo ‘soro nigbi yanja
Omo m’ egberun ileke nowo,
Omo m’ egberun ileke nese
Omo ‘nikan bulu gbope
Omo ‘nikan bulu gbehe
Omo ‘soro nihin, omo ‘soro nigbin’ oja
Omo m’akuko funfun ginigini bore
Okan re toto
Omo Agbaje gori ite
Omo Solomoni oba

Sun re o, Sakewu, baba mi owon!
Till we meet to part no more…..i love you dad.

Your daughter, Yemisi

Posted by Toni Bamgbose on April 10, 2021
I’ve learned a lot from my Grandpa in a short period of time. Given that most of my memories with him as a little kid is gone, I still remember the loving and fun times. My Grandpa was a very special and kind man to me and my brothers. As kids he always defended us whenever we got into trouble with my mom, I hardly even remember him getting angry with me. He would always take us to parks and play soccer with us despite of his age. Whenever he visited my family in Canada he didn’t care about anything besides letting have fun with him. He always use to call me “ Toni stick” because of how thin I was as a kid. The name didn’t mean much but when I got older for some reason I was proud if that name and established it as a name that only he could call me. The most recent visit he had with our family was in 2018. I remember being surprised at first but then became very joyful because it was the first time I’ve seen my grandpa in years and I was grown up. I remember every day at school being happy because I knew I would come home to my Grandpa. It was a very peaceful time and truly one of the best years of my life, simply because of him. Grandpa is like no other person I’ve met, I love him all of my heart and more, and I will truly miss him but I will honour him with everything I do and will be sure to tell my future kids about an amazing man he was.
Posted by Otitoleke Lukula on April 9, 2021
How do i start to talk about this great man. Should I talk about the kindness he showed to other people's kids, or the kindness he showed to me, his daughter's friend. Any man can be a father but it takes a special man to be a DADDY. Funmi never new that i secretly wished he was my dad not hers. Sleep on and sleep well DAD.
Posted by Oluwasegun Adekunle Aden... on April 9, 2021
It came as a shock to me hearing about your demised, but the only thing i came to realise was that an Angel has gone back home. The little time i got to know you still sing in my brain far back at our university days when you comes around visiting and how you make sure we all take a token gift with us going back to our hall then. To you children, grand children and family let us celebrate an iron all together until we meet at our second home. Good adieu Z.O
Posted by Tobi Bamgbose on April 9, 2021
My grandpa was an amazing man. He is someone I will hold to my heart closely for the rest of my life. He was funny, caring, understanding, and most of all patient. Whenever he would visit us as kids in the summer I remember being upset and happy. Upset because that means we would have to wake up early and study everyday and happy because he would always take us to the park afterwards. As a kid my grandparents would visit us a lot. I was a good child but did not get along with my siblings especially my younger brother. Grandma had no time for my nonsense, so whenever me and my little brother would fight she would yell at me and discipline me. Whenever my grandpa would catch me and my younger brother fighting, instead of yelling at me, he would ask and talk to me about what happen and why we were fighting. As a kid i did not think anything of it but, now looking back it shows how much of a patient and wise man he was. One thing he always said to me and my brothers was "slow and steady wins the race". Obviously as a kid I took it literal and thought I had to do everything in slow motion, but as I grew, I understood what he meant by "slow and steady wins the race". It wasn't necessarily about being slow but, it was about taking your time to do things so you can enjoy it and do it meticulously. I wish I can see him one last time so I can hug him and tell him how much I love him. I want to show him how much I have improved academically and in life because of him. He was a great man and I will always love him. His legacy lives on him and am definitely passing it on to my kids. Rest easy Grandpa.
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 8, 2021
Goodbye Z.O.

Seems like yesterday that we were together. Then I opened my eyes to realize you were gone forever. It will slice our heart away to know you are not here with us for the rest of our lives. Family parties and get-together won’t be the same because you won’t be there. You are a man that gave us inspiration and courage to achieve our goals. You told us our rights from wrong and most of all you put others before you. You are not going to be with us, but you will be forever in our hearts. It’s going to feel like we are together, but apart.

Distance was a barrier for you to be part of our daily life, but I personally enjoyed the little moments we spent together anytime we got together. Your talks and wisdom had no bounds. I had looked forward to visiting us again, but I didn’t know you will be gone so soon.

Thanks for the quality of love and life you gave to my wife and children. You will always be my special hero. I will get to see you again someday in heaven.

Your Son, Olaniyi Bamgbose.
Posted by hakeem tomo on April 1, 2021
My grandfather was so caring and loving. He taught me in his good ways, his advice is what made me the man I am today.
My grandfather not only helped me with growing up as a child, but also as a man. His word of wisdom stayed with me as I developed on this world. Growing up an excited child, my grandfather was able take care of me and teach me.

My Grandpa was able to make me feel comfortable with who I am, enabling me to increase on skills I thought I couldn’t do like higher level math. He never had a decrease of hope in me, my grandfather believed in me so much and topped it off by always saying “i love you”.

The energy my grandfather produced was very pure, happy and loving. It’s sad that I have to say goodbye to that feeling. My grandfather was such a amazing man, I promise to make it in life the best way for him, I also promise to be extremely successful and happy for my grandfather.
Posted by Lola Bamgbose on April 1, 2021
“Love leaves a memory no one can steal, Death leaves a heartache no one can heal”

I really do not know where to begin writing a tribute, all I keep thinking is how I wish I had that "one more" opportunity to see you daddy, to hear your voice and to hug you……just one more time and tell you how much I love you.

Dad, I will rather write you a letter than a tribute. I do not know if I will ever be able to accept that you are no more. I see you in every part of my life, I see you in my room, in my kitchen, in the guest room where you always stay when you are with me, I see you in every part of my home, I see you in my kids. It is surreal that you are no longer on this earth, I keep asking God to wake me up from this bad dream and assure me that my dad is NOT gone. It was a rude shock to hear of your passing on February 16, 2021, the worst day of my life. No words can express how painful it is to lose you dad, I was unprepared but the truth is, I can never be prepared to lose you. There is still so much stuff we have not done together, I had plans for us, for your next visit with my family………..

My loss is unquantifiable, unbearable, unreal, devastating but I put all my trust in God to fill the vacuum in my heart. I know that you are always with me, and forever in my heart. You are more than a father to me, you are my HERO, my best friend, my confidant, my advocate, my teacher, my world.

My Dad, an intelligent and intellectual man, you always emphasized the importance of education and hard work in order to become a great person. You told us (your kids) that our education is our inheritance and you surely invested all you had in our education without reservations. You even volunteered to sponsor us for Master degree and PhD after we were married. You imparted in me knowledge and wisdom, taught me how to be a good leader, how to listen and be diplomatic in my leadership role as your first child. You inscribed into my heart that that no property or money can supersede education, also that knowledge cannot be taken from anyone but properties can.…..there is absolutely no dad like you on this earth.

You taught me so much but you did NOT teach me how to live without you, and I know you are aware that I am not coping well with losing you. You deserve to live longer in good health to enjoy the fruits of your hard labor, at the same time I am forever grateful to God for sparing your life for 74 years for me to enjoy you and you to enjoy your kids and grandkids. You are absolutely incomparable, you are unique, a role model, a pillar, and an Icon to the world. I am very fortunate to have come through you Z.O, I am blessed that my kids enjoyed with you the same love you brought me up with. YOU IMPARTED MY LIFE WITH YOUR WISE WORDS AND YOUR UNFLINCHING LOVE.

My dad, a philanthropist, you lived for others, always helping people. Uniquely accommodating of others, everyone is your children, sisters, brothers, uncles, aunties, fathers, mothers, you deprived yourself to satisfy others……just like your oriki “atore bi eni go”……you are a selfless father to ALL.

I know the pain of losing my Dad will perhaps never leave me, I imagine it will ease with time as I process and get through it, but I don’t think I will get over it. But I will do my best to remain grateful and comforted knowing how much my beloved dad positively affected the lives of others and the fact that you are now one of Gods angels . My Dad left an impact on every person he met, even strangers who later became family. The true measure of a man is how much love he gives; how selflessly he shares and help others; how consistently he lifts up those around him with a kind word and a helping hand. The legacy you left us is what made us what we are today and I promise you that your legacy will forever live on in US, your children. My dad, a patriarch, a wise leader, my hero and Icon to the world, I bid you good night. You will forever be alive inside of me.

Your first daughter,
Funmi

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Posted by Omojola Temitope on April 20, 2021
Chief Z.O salami you are a dad anyone will pray to have thanks for the lessons you taught me for 10 years (most sensitive time of any mans life)You live a good life ,a dedicated and committed father to your children...still cherish the last time with you always asking after my family.You taught me to save no matter the little you earn..,still got alert from shares you force me to buy then(lol)The last time on phone was also memorable.
Thanks for the great impact in my life.May God keep all you left behind and stay by mum.........good night dad my hero
Posted by Ayewumi Olusoji on April 20, 2021
A well spent life is not just to dine only but the impact on other peoples life either positively or the reverse which there is no proof of your indulgence in the latter. dad you were a concise form of altruistic world..
Rest on papa.
Posted by Oludolapo Jaiyeola on April 19, 2021
I had the privilege of meeting Daddy Salami at my sister's (Ibitola) introduction and wedding ceremony. He struck me as a life-loving, amiable and unassuming personality with a sense of humor. Thank you for being a great Dad-in-love to my sis. You will surely be missed but we know you are resting in the Lord's bosom.
May the Lord comfort, strengthen and fill in every gap for mummy and the entire family in Jesus name. Amen
his Life

An Icon, our Hero, our loving dad!

BIOGRAPHY

Our dad, Zacchaeus Otitoju Salami was born at Korowa-Oka, Akoko South West Local Government, Ondo State in 1947 to late Pa Solomon Salami and Chief (Mrs) Phebean Adero Salami (the first Iya-Ijo of St. James Anglican Church Korowa-Oka).

He attended St. John Anglican Primary School, Oka-Akoko,later to Jubilee Modern School, Ikare in 1961 and St. Stephen Modern School, Oka in 1962. He attended African Church Grammar School Oka between 1963- 1967 where he won prizes throughout his five-year courses and finally passed the West Africa School Examination (WASCE). Our dad, a Chartered Accountant bagged a Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Accountancy from the Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos, after which he enrolled with the Institute of Chartered Accountant England and Wales and the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

He worked for many years with BOC Gases Nigeria Plc, Oshodi where on qualification as a Chartered Accountant was appointed Chief Accountant of the company.  Virtue is such a thing that even if men were ignorant of it, it would still be worthy of praises for its own loveliness. Due to his hard work, transparency, honesty, total commitment and unrivaled dedication, he was later promoted and appointed the first General Manager (Finance) of the pioneer Industrial Gases manufacturing company in Nigeria, (BOC Gases Nigeria Plc).

Not only at work, he has always been a role model, source of inspiration to all, and his life has basically been devoted to motivating and inspiring others. The fellowship status of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria is the highest a member can attain in his professional career as a Chartered Accountant. The president of the institute by the powers given to him conferred the fellowship status on him and his colleagues by virtue of his fitness, action, standards and behaviour in upholding the ethics and conduct of the Accountancy profession in Nigeria. He is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (FCTI) as well as member of Nigeria Institute of Management (MNIM).


HIS AWARDS

Daddy was a man of the people, who associated with the populace irrespective of age, status, tribe or sex. He does not believe in what Oka can do for him but what he can do for Oka, in recognition of his sterling leadership qualities, patriotism,youth development, social mobilization and community development.

• The Role model of Oka Elites by the National Union of Oka students Obafemi University Ile-Ife chapter 1998.
• Distinguished achievers merit award in community development by HRM the Olubaka of Okaland, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye and the entire Oka people 2004.
• Philanthropy merit award by Oka Akoko progressive union ore- branch 2008
• Award given in appreciation of his contributions towards the growth and development of Anglican youth fellowship of Nigeria St. Paul Anglican Church Idi Oro Lagos 28/9/2008
• Commemoration and installation of chieftaincy title as the Baba Ijo of St. James Anglican church Oka Akoko18/10/2008
• Award given in contribution towards the growth and evangelism of the ACF and St. Paul Anglican church Idi Oro Lagos 29/9/13
• As a top management staff of his company, he attended many conferences seminars and meetings within  and outside of Nigeria.
He washappily married with children and grandchildren to Stella Iyabode Salami. He retired from BOC Gases Nigeria Plc in 2003 to settle down to his Accounting, Consultancy and Auditing Firm.

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Jealous of the Angels (Song by Donna Taggart)

Shared by Lola Bamgbose on April 12, 2021
I didn't know today would be our last
Or that I'd have to say goodbye to you so fast
I'm so numb, I can't feel anymore
Prayin' you'd just walk back through that door
And tell me that I was only dreamin'
You're not really gone as long as I believe
There will be another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It's not my place to question
Only God knows why
I'm just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight
You always made my troubles feel so small
And you were always there to catch me when I'd fall
In a world where heroes come and go
Well God just took the only one I know
So I'll hold you as close as I can
Longing for the day, when I see your face again
But until then
God must need another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It's not my place to question
Only God knows why
I'm just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight
Singin' hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
I'm just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

Tribute to ZOT Salami

Shared by Nojeem oyero on April 12, 2021
Mr. Salami was indeed a man I respected so much in Boc I served as an accounts clerk under him for seven yrs.He is very strict u need to put your tie and be neat he will do an inspection without u knowing he trained us to manage money and people. He knows the handwriting of every staff of boc an extremely careful and intelligent human being.He exposed me to all accounting procedures of boc and made my transfer to the North possible. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen.
Shared by Osinaike Onaopemipo on April 9, 2021
Tribute to my Grandfather.


The news of your demise came as a huge shock to me Grandpa. I never felt that a day like this could come. Thank you for the lessons you thought me as a little child. You taught me the value of contentment. You taught me so many other things and I carry those teachings where I ever I find myself. You were always such an ever-smiling man enjoying the company of your loved ones. I remember being so excited to come and visit you and Grandma at iyana paja, and how you will be so eager to have us. My mother and her siblings always shared some experiences of how you made them into the responsible people that they are today. You must have been a pretty awesome dad! I could testify to that because you were also an awesome Grandfather. I love you so much, but God loves you more. Thank you for everything sir

Rest in peace Grandpa,
Love from Ope