BIOGRAPHY Of Samuel Temitayo Longe. (Feb. 18, 1955 – Feb. 15, 2020)
Samuel Temitayo (Tayo) Longe was born on February 18, 1955 at Ile Abiye Hospital in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria to the union of Pa. D. B. Longe and Chief Mrs. Julianah Christianah Dolapo Longe, both of Eda Oniyo/Aiyede, Ekiti in Nigeria, who preceded him into eternal glory.
His parents were devoted members of the Anglican Church Communion of St. Peters Anglican Church in Ayede-Ekiti and St James Anglican Church Eda-Oniyo in Ekiti State, Nigeria. Tayo is survived by his wife Mrs. Folashade (Shade) Longe, and his children Nikkie, Danielle, Christianah, and David (Tomiwa). Tayo departed to be with his Heavenly Father on February 15, 2020 at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Tayo began his elementary school education in Nigeria at the First Baptist Day School in Ijaye, Abeokuta, Nigeria and moved on to secondary school at the American preparatory school, Comprehensive High School–Aiyetoro in Nigeria. Thereafter, he traveled to the United States to begin his post-secondary studies at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1975 from where, he transferred in 1977, to Wright State University(WSU) in Fairborn-Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Wright State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
While pursuing his degree in engineering, he was also employed at Southwest Portland Cement in Dayton, Ohio. He continued to work in Dayton, Ohio until he secured another job in the field of engineering and moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1984.
He left Green Bay to work as Vice President for Electrical Engineering at Wisconsin Color Press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from where he switched to Wisconsin Power & Light as VP for Electrical Engineering until health issues forced him into retirement. However, he continued to work as an Independent Consultant from home until he retired two years ago as a result of nagging health issues.
Like his parents, he was a true believer in Christ and he continued to attend Christian fellowship at the St. Francis Episcopal Church in Menomonee Falls, even as he was confronted by serious health challenges. He was a devoted servant of the Lord. Although a very quiet person, Tayo was always focused and vigilant.
He was very caring and considerate, and always protective of members of his family particularly, his mother and sisters. He proved that the worth of a Christian will only be measured by his unwavering devotion to good deeds even if he had to face personal adversity. Tayo left behind to mourn his passing, his siblings, Chief Mrs. Olajumoke Osunsanya, Chief Mrs. Anike Akomolafe, Mrs. Modupe Akerele, Mrs. Funmi Adesubokan, Mr. David Longe, Mr. Bayo Longe, Mrs. Busola Lekan-Oluponna. And Mr Folayan Longe, Chief Mrs Oluropo Adeyanju, Mr Olutope Longe and numerous nieces, nephews and in-laws.
Dear brother Tayo, I didn’t have much time to know you growing up. I was going to be 10 years old when you left the shores of this country. One of the guys things that I treasured most was the letters I received from you while growing up and it was always a joy responding to you. I remembered the first time you came home with Nikkie and I was her baby sitter. I loved every moment of that time because that was the first time I got to “really” know you. Family was everything to you and you showed it in your own way. You met Lekan at Mama and Baba’s burial and afterwards you always ask after him first any time you called. You will say Lekan nko? Se alafia lo wa. You were always looking out for me.
Now my birthday is almost here I won’t hear your voice again to wish me happy birthday as usual. You don’t miss Easter or Christmas greetings too. The way you laugh I can’t shake it off. So many memories we were to make, so many promises you were to fufill. You had great plans that you shared with me and now heaven called you to rest. To say I will miss you is an understatement and I still don’t know how to process it. You are one of kind! So big a shoulder and so large a heart that everyone has a place! I’m thankful for one thing, God gave you a mother/wife she made your days glorious. Sister Sade is simply Sister Sade I pray God comforts her. Sleep on my darling brother greet Baba and Mama for me. You will always live in my heart forever. Olalekan & Olubusola Lekan-Oluponna
Brother Tayo, why? We spoke while you were on that sick bed, but you assured me that all was well. I called u again 2 weeks be4 i received ur news that u were no more. U did not pick ur phone again. Hmmmmm, I am yet to come to terms that you are really gone. You are still here in my heart and mind. Just like a dream to me. You have left a legacy these was no one like you. Infact, you were very special. And i want to say i feel lost in many ways . You are not here today but i will never forget you.I know l have been blessed to have you as my brother becos u were the best….. sleep on my brother. Continue to rest in the bosom of your maker. O di gba oooo. Brother mi Tayo. BAYODE LONGE
TRIBUTES FROM FRIENDS
Tayo was a joyful human being. None of us could have predicted his early demise. He was built like a Mack Truck, always jogging and lifting weights to retain his physique, Those of us who knew him from our younger days can attest to the fact that, we lost not just a faithful friend but a committed brother. He was a very loyal friend that can be relied upon to keep confidential any private matter that was divulged to him. He was also a very private but affable person who only maintained a small circle of long-term friends. He would travel long distance accompanied by his devoted wife, Shade, to participate in events that celebrate the achievements of his friends, and their children, to the extent that his constant presence made him known to everyone of our children who looked up to him with high respect as “Uncle Tayo”. Very significantly, he also showed great affection for our host country, the United States of America, by participating in our annual get-together to celebrate the July 4th US Independence Day.
Tayo was a trusted and selfless friend, and a “Big Uncle” to many youngsters even beyond members of his extended family. Tayo will be missed by all of us that got to know him. Tayo, may your soul transition peacefully into realm of eternal glory and abide forever in the companionship of Almighty God’s angels of goodness and grace. Tayo, we pray that your soul will rest in peace perfect peace.
Another tribute. Hmmmm….l used to call you’Egbon mi to sure’ and u will answer’Iyabooo,saala ni?Inu mi ma ndun tinba ti gbohun e’.That has ceased since you answered the call of your maker.The memory of the first time I met you kept ringing in my head since you departed, you were very transparent ,loving &fun to be with.I bless God for your life and may your soul rest in perfect peace till we meet at that beautiful gate.Yetunde Olu-ojo.
You were always special amongst the Longe uncles, the way you carry your big frame with pride always appealed to me growing up. Last time you were in Nigeria moji and I were honored to meet aunty Sade. We would miss you. Rest in peace uncle. Mojisola & Afolabi Akomolafe
Aaaaa o!! Booda!!! Se ala ni?
Brother Tayo: Ala funfun gbooo!!!
This was usually the start/greetings of our conversation. It’s a bad dream to me that you are truly gone!!
I take solace in the fact that you are resting in the Lord. You served God with all your might!! Your faith was so strong. Your usual saying is: ” ka fi gbogbo e sile fun Olorun” ( let’s leave everything for God) You held on to God to the last.
I thank God for your life. You really had the peace of God in your home. Thanks to your better half, Sade Longe who stood by you through thick and thin, a virtuous and dutiful woman that God blessed you with.
To say that I will miss you will be an understatement!!! Egbon mi to sure!!
Rest on in the bosom of the Lord.
Love u, love you, LOVE YOU!!!!!!
Uncle Tayo, belongs to the heavens now. We (Akereles) discussed the absolute finality of death and realised that we can no longer speak to him. Thousands of miles apart, we hardly got to see him, oh how we rue the missed opportunities – the conversations we could have had with him but never did. We guess that is the cruelty of death – and life.
Our uncle is no more but we have learnt more about him in death than when he was alive to be honest.
We have learnt how peaceful, loving, protective and respectful he was. How he was considerate of other people’s views and was a confidant to so many.
What can we say….he was an uncle to aspire to be like. We all have a lot to learn from him.
We are glad and proud to be related to someone as amazing as he was. Rest in peace Uncle. Loving memories from Mopile, Motilayo & Keji
Hmmmmm, the story started when l stepped into your younger brother’s house……… you supplied my babies clothings from 3months -2years to extent of sending the cream l used after child birth. Infact, l was living like a queen. You made it a point of duty to send money for d children’s groceries. When u called us on the 1st of January, 2020. I asked of ur health and you said you were feeling better. I never knew that it would be the last time of speaking wth you. Haaaaaa, death. So painful. Gone so soon. Rest on Big Daddy. Iku ti mu eni rere lo! Rest in perfect peace Big Daddy.
Folasade Adenike longe
We will cherish every single moment we spent with you. We all miss you dearly. Adieu Uncle. Yemi and Dupe Adesubokan
Dear Uncle Tayo
The Giant Lóngẹ̀
The Role Model
Rest Well in the Lord
Your Race now Complete
You Will be Missed
But Present Still
Forever in our Hearts 💕
Lots of Love,
Agbo Akomolafe Jr. and Family, UK.
TRIBUTE TO LATE SAMUEL TAYO LONGE
In loving memory of a special man, my Cousin and Mentor Sam Tayo (Mr Tee)Longe
The day you left and gained passage to eternal rest my heart broke into pieces. We never said Goodbye
I wish I could have had more time to express gratitude for your always being there, your lovingkindness generosity and compassionate companionship
Your gentleness and abilities to assimilate take charge of complex situations with loving kindness irrespective of your position on an issue are irreplaceable
But I guess Heaven needed you to come and rest now, the young die quick is a true adage
I thank God for your life. You were born into an affluent family but you never lost sight of the world
around you the sufferings of the masses touched your heart with compassion. Your humanitarian efforts in USA and Africa cannot be overlooked as in milestones of lives you touched and made better Tee your memories left legacies to emulate and be envious of
I miss you dearly death never gave me a chance to say Thank you goodbye or goodnight for a long sleep but as always you know how much I will miss you.
Mr Tee you are simply the best
No matter how time goes bye you know I will always miss you Brothers can never be parted
You were a very special person, mentor and a big Egbon with kindness happiness and a joyful soul in your heart and the love we had together grows even stronger now apart
I know I cannot bring you back although I wish it every second but a piece of me realises it’s time to let you go l shall miss you for life and I’m sure a piece of me went with you Tee
Memories never die you continue to live in me and us all and the lives you touched during your short period with us
Your life was a well lived life
Omo akin, omo asoro, Erin odo sun re Ooo
Till we meet not to part again
Rest in peace, dear Uncle Tayo🙏🏾 I remember like yesterday, the French dictionary he bought for me and brought all the way from the States to Yaba, Lagos. This would have been over 30 years ago.! It is the little but significant things that one remembers and cherishes. That was the last time I saw him. Kemi Babatunde