The remains of Pa Jacob Ogunremi Olugbodi was laid to rest in Ejigbo, Osun State last weekend. He was born in April 1927 and died in February 2019. Wake Keep was on 12th July 2019 at the family residence, Popo Area, Oko Road, Ejigbo Osun State. Funeral Service was held on 13th July 2019 at Beulah Baptist Church, Ejigbo, Osun State. Interment was held at the family compound, Ijimoba, Ejigbo LGA. Entertainment of Guests was at Rosery Hall, along Osogbo road, Ejigbo, Osun State. He was aged 92.
He was born to the family of Late Pa Olayemi Olugbodi in Ijimoba, Ejigbo Local Government of the present Osun State. He started his former education at Baptist Infant School, Inisha, at the age of 13 in 1940. He later finished his Standard Six education at St. Peter School, Ede, having moved from Ejigbo Baptist Day School. He worked as a teacher for two years (1952 – 1955) in Inisha after his Standard Six education. He learnt tailoring alongside his teaching job and resources from the two streams enabled him to further his education as part of the first set of School Hygiene and Health Auxiliary School, Ibadan. He started work at Ejigbo Health Centre after graduation in 1962 and got married to his first wife, Emily Abimbola Olugbodi in 1963. He married his second wife, Moyilola Olugbodi (of blessed memory), a few years after. His is blessed with many children and is survived by many grandchildren.
TRIBUTES FROM FAMILY MEMBERS
“Special dad is hard to find. You, dad, I’m keeping in my mind. I wished you could have stayed forever, but I will never forget you; oh not ever. If dream weren’t dreams and dreams came true, I would have you here with me. Distance is one thing that keeps us apart, but, dad you will always remain in my heart. A special smile, a special face, a special someone I can’t replace. I love you and I always will. You filled a space that no one else could fulfil.”
“Daddy, when I listened to your utterances and requests you made to God when Yernisi was killed, I knew the time wouldn’t be long again before you leave this sinful world. You left because you could not bear the 10 of the only child who was there with you, taking care of you and mum, as we the other are rather far away. Thank you much for being my dad. Your words of prayers keep ringing “She Yomi niyen? Epele o oo. Awon omoo mi nko ati iya won? Eshe eku itoju mi oo, omo aashe iru ee fun yin. Eeko ere oko dele. Ohun buburu ko ni sele siyin. Ojoojumo ni mo ngba adura fun gbogboo yin. Yio dara fun yin ni oruko Jesu” and I still find myself saying amen to your prayer.”
Adieu daddy. Abayomi.
“Daddy, thank you for being there for us. We miss you but are comforted by the knowledge that you are resting in peace with the Lord”.
Your son, Femi
“Good night daddy. Good night my father. May your soul continue to rest in peace with the Lord. Wish you had stayed a little longer but God knows best.”
Your son, Oluwafunmisho
“You were a loving, caring, wonderful and perfectionist father who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection. Dad you taught me that I don’t have to be the greatest, but instead I should seek to do great things and if I aspire to do great things my legacy will live on. I have since based my life on this principle and it’s working for me. You came, you saw and you conquered blessed be the name of the Lord. Good night Dad till resurrection morning when we shall meet to part no more.”
Mrs. Foluke Obayemi (Daughter)
“It was a sunny May afternoon in 2008. I had visited Ejigbo to see you, just as I had always done. Once again we had the opportunity to sit and talk, nothing would suggest it would be our last encounter. That last meeting had all the characteristics of our first. You made it memorable because you treated me well and with considerations. The attitude you hewed, even with a failing health, did not betrayed a man of culture and sound knowledge. You were considerate and factored in my communication challenges. You were not only conscious of it, without being told, you made the effort to look for “a paper and pen” so that our communication flow unimpeded.
Daddy, you were a loving and caring father in-law, and a people’s person. You encouraged me and had faith in me. I will forever cherish the time we had together. We love you, and we hall always remember you and your word of encouragement.”
Your son in-law Olawale Alade
“Daddy Ejigbo was a good, loving, disciplined and God fearing man. I cannot forget your priceless advices and your wonderful prayers that still linger in my heart. Rest in the bosom of the Lord till we meet to part no more.”
Taiwo Obayemi (Son in-law)
“Grandpa, you were very nice and kind to us. May your soul rest in perfect peace. Adieu Grandpa.”
Obayemi Tobi/oba (Grandson)
TRIBUTE TO MY WONDERFUL DADDY
“Dad we love you greatly, you were a caring father, you took care of us to become what we became today. Your prayer for us has done great in our lives. You were a disciplinarian father, you usually scold us when we are wrong and correct us in love. You were so meticulous in all your doing; you are so hygienic right away from your youthful age up to the point of death. You took care of us and gave us the best legacy which is best education, even your care for your grand children cannot be quantify, no wonder your grand children always love to come to Ejigbo every time. Daddy you taught us how to be independent without depending on others before we live, we can never forget your role, your love, your prayer and your impact in my life, I love you but Jesus loves you most.
Sun re o, Baba Dupe, Baba Yomi, Baba Folasade. We shall meet at the bossom Jesus Christ.”
Ligali Folasade (nee: Olugbodi) (Daughter)
TRIBUTE TO MY GREAT FATHER IN-LAW
Daddy, the family of Kunle Ligali will miss you greatly. You were a thorough and discipline man but your love and affection for your grand children is immeasurable. Anytime that I and my family visit Ejigbo, I always want to take responsibility of the house in taking care my in-laws but daddy always say that we are his guests from Lagos and ordered for things before I do. Daddy I missed your advice, prayer, love, and affection. All your grand children will miss your love and affection. Rest in the bosom of the Lord, Sun re o.
Kunle Ligali (Son in-law)
“We’ll alway remember that special smile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. You being there for Grandma and us through good and bad times, no matter what. We’ll always remember you grandpa because there’ll never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you.”
Bolutife Yomi-Olugbodi (Grandson)
“Some might say that your passing is a celebration of life because you were advanced in years but it still hurts that you are no longer with us. You have been called to rest grandpa. Rest in peace.”
Eyimofe Yomi Olugbodi
“We’ll always remember that special simile, that caring heart, that warm embrace, you always gave us. We’ll always remember you grandpa because there’ll never be another one to replace you in our hearts, and the love we will always have for you.”
“Although we cannot hear your voice or see your smiling face, we know deep down that you have not left us. Instead everyday you surround us with the singing of birds, the rising of the sun and the falling of night. Good nite Grandpa.”
“That day you called me. I didn’t know that would be your last call. I would have had a lengthy talk with you. Our relationship was so deep that my husband used to be jealous. Daddy I love you and I miss you so much. May your gentle soul continue to rest in perfect peace, Adieu ba Yomi”
Funmilayo Yomi Olugbodi
“It will take a thousand words to de crib the kind of man you were. Always kind gentle and pa ionate. You shall always be in our mind. It’ hard to say goodbye, but we always have to part eventually. Thank you for being who you were. Adieu grandpa.”
“Ekaaro Sir, Omo yin Oreoluwa lo’n kiyin. He had always wanted me to greet and speak to him in Yoruba, Hi grandpa, I really miss you, and how you really pampered us. How you chose to show us your loving and caring heart. Oh how I wish you could still see how speak Yoruba fluently now, I hope you’re happy to hear me speak it proudly from up there. My heart wants you here. My heart wants you here, but I know you’re always near, I’m glad I knew you, a my grandfath r and friend. I know that God broke our heart to prove to us He only take the best. Sun re o grandpa.”
Precious Kunle – Lagali (Granddaughter)