I know you can not read this, but I have to let the world know how nice a person you were. Sun re o ore mi atata, May almighty father keep yo till we meet again.
To my former boss Dr. Gbayisomore, my heart is filled with sadness, eyes filled with tears and my hands feel so heavy to type but I must soldier on and say that you were a great Family man, Doctor, Boss and Mentor. I worked with you for 2 years at your clinic and what I remembered the most was your generosity, smile and big bowtie. You were truly a splash of color in a a dark world. I remember you promise me one day that whenever my mom comes to the States from Liberia and need to do see a doctor she should come see you and you would see her free of charge. You lived up to your promise. You encouraged me to pursue my dreams, be healthy and further my education. I will miss you but I know that to be absent from body is to be present with the Lord. I pray that your wife and children find peace with your passing. The peace that passeth all understanding. MAY your beautiful soul rest in everlasting peace!
I meet Dr. Gbayismore @ the VA Hospital. He had a contagious smile that would make you smile. I'll always remember his charming personality and smile. Gone Too Soon Like a comet Blazing 'cross the evening sky Gone too soon Like a rainbow Fading in the twinkling of an eye Gone too soon Shiny and sparkly And splendidly bright Here one day Gone one night Like the loss of sunlight On a cloudy afternoon Gone too soon Like a castle Built upon a sandy beach Gone too soon Like a perfect flower That is just beyond your reach Gone too soon Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight Here one day Gone one night Like a sunset Dying with the rising of the moon Gone too soon Gone too soon
This came to us all as a great shock! i am still yet to comprehend it even after his Burial! He was more than a brother to me, He was a father, a guardian! An epitome of peace! Though it pains me greatly but I will surely take my solace the fact that He has gone to Rest in the Bosom of our Lord Jesus! My hearltfelt condolence goes to Carmen and my little Nephews and Niece.
I would like to express my heart felt sympathy to Dr. Gbaysimore's Wife and Family as a colleague I will always remember the wonderful colleague ,compassionate Doctor who was always pleasant respectful to colleagues ,patients and staff .He is a great role model .May his soul rest in peace. Our prayers are with the family
Gbayi ekun (tiger); While you may not be able to read this , it is meant as a testimony to you; a good man. Questions often arise about ,"why do the good ones gets plucked by our Lord", it is simple! It is because they are special, and have earned their wings? Some earn it sooner than others. The Christ's School community will miss and mourn your passing. Gbayi was my junior in high school, and was in Harding house with me , if my memory serves me right. There has always been something special, yet ordinary about him. He is unassuming, smart, respectful, and had a crooked smile. He embraces his alum status, and when we last met at a union, he was his old self, with a mature rounding. I extend my condolence to his family. It will now rest on them to keep his children in the ways of their father; teaching, and reminding them of his values, and what made him successful. I used to tease him about his mustache, it made him look distinguished . He has now joined the 'ones' who watch and shake their heads at our folly. Let us now mourn him less, but celebrate his time on earth, the good and those he heard known he had done; as a friend, physician, Christian,son, brother, cousin, uncle,father,, colleagues, class mates.See you later Gbayi. Requiscat in pace , Teddy Aribisala " Ribe" Christ School set if 1968.
If there ever was a perfect doctor, Dr. Gbayisomore was the one. Full of compassion, always took the time to talk with his patients and allay all their fears. This was truly his calling or should i say he was chosen. His pleasant personality and exceptional bedside manner will be greatly missed by his patients (including my mother) and friends and colleagues alike. For his wife Carmen and the rest of the family may God's peace be with you until you reunite with him in the earth made new.
My dearest Akingboju, I really want to thank God first for sending you into our life, our visiting angel. Yes our Angel, my angel. You are my brother, my love, my confidant........ Can't stop ...you were everything to me. The depth of our love, only the Lord can understand. We were friends by choice irrespective of our blood relationship and I learnt a lot of life's Peculiarities from you. We went each stage of life together, building up on each other, complementing our strengths and weaknesses. When a big smile was needed, I called you to do that, when it was a diplomatic speech to convince...it was my turn. We shared everything, pity we could not share the shoes...remember we shared tee shirts and some jeans. My chemistry Lambert text book still at Ado Ekiti.....reminded you to get it the last time you went to visit Christ school....incurable memory you would say. We were extreme opposite socially but I would still shield you...let you out of the house in the night at Onike Yaba, and quietly sneak you in before any one wakes up.. Thank God I was a light sleeper. We would practice the latest dance steps but you agreed I was a better dancer....only Uncle Olu could beat me. You taught me always to expect so much from people and give the best too. Step by step we took lifes journey together but you broke my heart with the news that you were relocating to the U.S.....couldn't forgive you for almost a year, as with all things, you found a clever way of dealing with this. So many promises, so many plans soooo many. So tell me who will I review all these with? Even on your sick bed , you still reviewed some of them with me.... You had the trach on at Saint Barnabas but wrote down ?........ I promised you I would consider this....God will help me....you will not be there???my heart bleeds.. Only the Lord can pour his balm where it hurts. All that I would want you to do, the Lord would do for me and much more. Every time I shared with you the need for a better relationship with Christ, you will teach the bible without really accepting or rejecting what I had to say. But that faithful day at Saint Barnabas hospital, you were eager to learn more about building a relationship with Jesus Christ. You confessed him as Lord and saviour...what joy filled my heart. I was so grateful to the holy spirit for the conviction... That is my greatest consolation now Akingboju.....we will meet at the feet of Jesus. There shall be no separation there. Jesus will be the Chairman and King. I promise to look after your "babe" Carmen ....my darling sister. Together we would look after those sweethearts....God will help us, they will never lack anything good in Jesus name God help me to continue where you stopped at the effort of family unity... Miss you sooooo much. A o pade lese Jesu. Yossie.....
My Dear Sweet Uncle, I still can't believe that you are gone. I'm going to miss you. I remember the memories we shared, the conversations, & the laughs. I remember when I first got to the United States over 15 years ago & our first conversation. Your advice to me then, stayed with me & shaped my path & life in this country today. You were such a loving man, always willing to help & do for others. You were a selfless man, full of life. I ask God daily since the day He took you away from us. Why? But who are we to question God? He has His reason for doing what He does. I remember our last converstation & we shared our moments, even in your pain &discomfort you still gave me advice. I will miss our conversations, your smile, your laugh, your advice, how you used to call my name "Medun, Medun, Medun" then ask, " how many times did I call you?" & follow up with an advice or word of wisdom, always speaking parables. I will miss most especially your genuine love. I remember when we were much younger in Masaba, we all thought you were mum's brother instead of dad's. Because you were so close. I remember one of many of our conversations which included you humming the song " awa yin Olorun", & I told you that's a song that's normally song on new year's day. Your response to me was " you must celebrate each day like it's the beginning of a New Year". You were always very good with bringing family together, you didn't want conflicts or disagreements between people. Your loving, caring nature. Having parties, reunions etc.Uncle, I guess you succeded once again in bringing everyone together even though this is so sad & it's to bid our final farewell to you. I have so many fantastic memories we shared, that I will forever cherish. I will forever keep you in my heart & you will always be with me. No one understood the special bond we shared, no one could comprehend it but we had that bond between a neice & uncle that was special & rare. I remember my 21st birthday in Minnesota, you surprised me & flew there to celebrate it with me. It was a very special day indeed! I remember my wedding day, you were the Chairman of the occasion & gave a very special speech. I know you are in a much better place, where there is no more pain, discomfort or sorrow & you are looking down & smiling at us all right now. On August 1st, 2012, Heaven received a very Special Angel. Uncle played the reverse role of a patient during his last days on earth. Uncle played a starring role as a patient in his last act of his life My Dear Uncle, Continue to sleep in the bosom of our Lord. Aiye Loja, Orun Nile! Sun Re O, Odigba!! Your Niece Medunola Solomi (nee Gbayisomore)
I know the angels are smiling with you. If it had not been for Dr. "G" and God I would not be here today, when I was diagnosed in 2001 with Lung Cancer he took my health issues in his control, he helped me to make great decisions, then in 2002 I was diagnosed with colon Rectal cancer he made sure I had the best surgeons both times, then in 2006 when I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer he again made the decision as to what should be done, I am so grateful to have met a Doctor with such care and concern. My family including my Grand children learned to love him, they all considered him apart of our family. May God shelter Carmen and her children and let her know God does not make mistakes. I will always remember him and his Family. Love you all. Pat Williams of North Carolina
May you rest in peace Dr Gbayisomore-you were a beautiful person and a wonderful doctor. Missing you, may God bless you and your family.
The Bedu's candoles with you and the entire family at the time of grief. But be consoles with the fact that Dr. Akingboju lives a good life during his lifetime. I join other sympathizers to urge all of us, to take solace from the fact that he's only being transferred to a more comfortable shore. Be consoled therefore that the soul of Dr. Akingboju shall favor before God and peace unto eternity. May the good Lord grant departed soul eternal rest and all of us the courage and strength to bear this irreparable loss.
Brother Akin, words cannot begin to describe how much we will miss your ‘larger than life’ personality. Yours was a smile that always lit up the room and you always that turn of phrase that would make us all forget our sorrows and laugh our hearts out. You were definitely the favourite uncle our teenage children and they always looked forward to vacation with you, Aunty Carmen and the Kids. You always showed a genuine interest in their welfare and academic endeavours and Tami definitely lights up whenever she had a chat with you about her academics. She always comes away inspired by any conversation with you. Uncle Akin, we are going to miss miss miss miss and miss you so....... That is a bit like over stating the obvious. Tutu TUTTUSTIC - You were the only one that called me quite like that, It was a call that always made me smile almost as broadly as your signature smile, you called it with so much life and love. You were an in-law to me but with a huge difference, I never felt like I was dealing with an in-law, you were a much loved big brother to me. Since meeting you, vacationing in the USA has become synonymous with vacationing in New Jersey. Your genuine love for my husband and children is something I will always treasure Kola Kolawole, you always called me by my full name and I fondly call you ‘Boda’ (A Nigerian slang for ‘Brother’). You were a precious brother to me; you always inspired and encouraged me, regardless of the situation. As a brother, you believed so much in me and what I can achieve, and you always spurred me on with your words and actions; showing me that there is always a way out, you always saw the bright side of things. I miss you, and we shall meet again at the bosom Tami Even as a little girl, the highlight of coming to America was listening to uncle Akin crack jokes or even just seeing him smile. In a room his level of happiness was always above the rest and he made sure he brought everyone on that same level, with infectious smile. I’ve just come to the conclusion that God wanted you to chill with him in heaven, who wouldn’t ? David Whenever I want to go on holiday, America is what first comes to mind and the highlight was because of my uncle Akin. He could always make you laugh, always mocking my British accent; his wide smile was infectious for all to see.
Indeed our lives and times are in God's hand. Akin's passing is a challenge to those of us who still have the life and breathe to write tributes in his memory, to play our part and make a difference to this world and mankind. I got to know Akin when I came to the United States in the early 90s and lost contact with him after a while, even though we both lived in New Jersey. He was one of my mentors at the time. But that smile every now and then always came back to me until I heard about his call to glory on August 1, 2012. May the Almighty grant his soul perfect peace and care for those Akin left behind until we all gather at the river where there will be no more sorrow, pain nor death. The heaviness of my heart completely changed to joy when I read and heard that Akin gave his heart and soul to the Lord before he passed on to glory. Rest In Peace
DR.GBAYISOMORE I WILL MISS THAT GREAT SMILE OF YOURS IN THE HALLWAYS @ CLARA MAASS!!!!! YOU WERE A GREAT DR.TO ME & A PERSONAL FRIEND THAT ALWAYS WOULD LISTEN, YOU WERE A EXCEPTIONAL DR.&PERSONSAL FRIEND TO MY PARENTS JAMES&EDITH STEVENSON,WHO WENT ON ALSO TO BE WITH OUR GREAT FATHER WHO YOU ALWAYS TOLD ME TO BELIEVE&PRAY THROUGH MY PERSONAL FAMILY STRUGGLES!!!!!THEY ADORED YOU SO MUCH,YOU KNOW THAT!!!MY 2 SIBILINGS DEBBIE&JAMES DIDN'T HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW YOU PERSONAL UNTIL OUR MOTHER BECAME VERY ILL FAST AND YOU WERE ALWAYS THERE EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS SO ILL YOUR SMILE MADE US FEEL SO MUCH COMFORT EVEN WHEN WE COULDN'T SMILE SEEING YOU SMILE MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE!!!!LOVE THE STEVENSON FAMILY
Love of Life and Life of Love felt by everyone you encountered rest peacefully "Dear Prince" Mrs Carmen Gbayisomore may God grant you comfort and strength now and forever
I have called upon You, for you will hear me, O God, incline your ear to me, and hear my speech. Show your marvelous loving kindness by your right hand, O you save those who trust in You, from those who rise up against them. Keep me as the apple of your eye. Hide me under the shadow of your wings. Peace & blessings to family. Love you all~
I can’t believe you are gone forever. The last time we spoke on phone, you told me to thank Olorun Eledunmare (God Almighty) for keeping you alive. I recall when I last visited you and your family in the US, you drove me from West Orange to Reading Pennsylvania to see my sister, little did I know it would be our last moment together. You were such a wonderful brother-in-law to me; your words of encouragements will live with me forever. You were always there for me. You were a worthy pillar of support for me and my family, we will greatly miss you. and you will remain evergreen in our memories. We can only hope that, the Almighty God, will grant those of us you left behind including your mum (my mother in-law) the fortitude to bear your loss and uphold us. Baba oko mi, AKINGBOJU sun re ooo, someday, at the feet of the Lord, we shall meet to part no more. REST IN PEACE. ‘Lanre Adesiyan, Lagos, Nigeria.
to my dear brother in heaven, Dr. Akin Gbayisomore, I thank God for giving me the honor & previledge of knowing such a wonderfully kind & caring human being... who had a special gift with people & medicine ..... To find a physician in this day & age who took time & had such patience, sincere care of people in such a way that you felt healed just by talking to him ... What a great man.... who will be missed & never forgotten.... we loved you Dr. Gbayisomore but God loved you more,,,, so rest on my dear brother for your work here is done....
THERE WILL BE NO OTHER LIKE YOU! WE LOVE YOU FOREVER. ASHFORD/CLYBURN/WILLIAMS FAMILY
YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU TOOK GREAT CARE OF MY FAMILY MEMBERS AND I. YOU WILL GREATLY MISSED. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS DR. GBAYISOMORE. THE ASHFORD/WILLIAMS AND CLYBURN FAMILY!
Tribute to Dr John Akingbojuoye Gbayisomore I first met Akin in our pre-med class and we shared quite a few common friends. Afterwards we moved to the College of Medicine and chose to be room-mates. From that first day we got on so well that we lived together as room-mates for the whole of our five year period in medical school. We got to know each other so well and got acquainted to members of each other’s family. Akin was a genuinely a good bloke, the best man I have since known. He was immense joy to have around. Everyone was attracted to him because of his humour and generally good attitude about everything. He had a cheering greeting for everyone with a “wicked” laugh to go with it (I later got to know after I met his brother that this ran in the family). He was never critical of anyone and was receptive of all; our room was like the common room because people generally felt good in his company and came over to have a good time. Akin was very much in total control of himself and what he did that I never saw him flustered, feel disappointed or discouraged, not even once. He was a very confident man with a care free attitude about life but at the same time safe, reliable, brilliant and much focussed. When Akin played he played hard and when he sat down to study nothing could shift him until he met the time he set for himself. He was very content with what he had and very proud of his heritage. I recall one of our many discussions about the future; Akin was very sure of what he hoped for in the future. He said he would be a Respiratory Physician (Pulmonologist) and live in the United States and this came to pass. He described how he would dress with bow ties and smoke a tobacco pipe; Akin dressed with bow tie but I can’t tell if he matched this with the tobacco pipe (but I guess this has since become less fashionable since our discussion especially with the smoking ban in hospitals). He told me he would have a private practice and that all he needed to advertise his service is the first patient who comes in through the door; “because he would get the best service ever and tell others”. This is definitely prophetic going by his patients’ rating I found on the internet. “YOUR DOCTOR” - Rating: 5.0 out of 5, based on 4 reviews. “Dr. Gbayisomore has an excellent overall rating, based on the helpfulness and knowledge ratings of this doctor”. I was hoping that we would get together again and spend our retirement reminiscing on the time we spent together and catch up on the period we spent apart and have a good laugh as old mates but alas, this is not to be as God knows best. I am consoled that “precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servants” Ps 116:15. May Akin’s soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Lord. I pray that God will comfort his lovely wife and his beautiful children. I trust that we shall meet again and have that reminiscence chat. “Sleep well my dear buddy!!!!!!!! “ Dr Femi Odesanya UK
What an arduous task it is to write about the passing of my brother. We were born of the same mother; just you, me and our little sister Tinuke, to our mum. Since I have known you all of my life it’s more difficult to find space large enough to write about you. When you told me in 2007 in NJ, as you approached the golden age, that the age of 50 is like the midway to anyone's lifetime, that whoever attains that age should consider his/herself lucky, as you said, the other half, after 50, is usually unpredictable, little did I know what message you were passing across to me. When you were living Nigeria for the US, the very first time, back in the 80s, you instructed me to take good care of our mum whom we all love. Our mum, now at 83, I had to face the equally difficult task of having to pass across to her the news of your passing to eternal glory. I saw you wept when we were living her in 2010 during your last visit to her, yet I still did not know what was in the offing. I had thought to myself that the worst that could happen was for our mum to be gone by the time you came back the following year 2011, as you promised and always did since 2004. You never did again till the Almighty God decided to invite you home to rest on the 1st of August 2012. You have inspired me all of my life, the stories you told me about life at the University of Lagos, where you graduated from, got me so determined to get a University degree myself. In many ways i have copied you and in many more ways I have taken to heart all the good things you thought me. I never imagined that this would happen so soon, for once it never occurred to me. You have been my pillar. I do not know if I will ever be able to come to terms with this painful reality. I have found myself recalling practically every moment that we have shared together since I was a child; I see your face in everything I do. I love you BROTHER, but God loves you more. He wanted you to Himself, since he owned you. I pray for the repose of your soul and that the wife and children you left behind, even us all, will receive the grace to bear this irreparable loss. By the Grace of God, the family you left behind will do well. GOOD BYE BROTHER. Hopefully someday at the feet of the lord we will meet again. Dayo Adesiyan.
God looked around his Garden and found an empty place. He then looked down upon his earth and saw your loving face. He put his arms around you and lifted you to rest. His Garden must be beautiful, he always takes the best. He knew that you were suffering, he knew you were in pain. And knew that you would never get well on earth again. He saw your path was difficult, he closed you tired eyes, He whispered to you "Peace be Thine" and gave you wings to fly. When we saw you sleeping so calm and free of pain, We would not wish you back to earth to suffer once again. You've left us precious memories, your love will be our guide, You live on through your children, you're always by our side. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone. For part of us went with you on the day God called you home Rest in Peace Dr. Gbaysimore. My condolence to your loving wife and children.
I remember when Dr. Gbayismore walked from one side of the building to where I was sitting. He asked who announced his name over the hospital paging system. I told him it was me and he said all the years that he had been at the hospital no one had ever pronounced his name right. I am going to miss that smile. Dr. Gbayismore always treated everyone no matter what there position was with respect. May god bless your family our players are with them. Loving Staff NBIMC
I thank God for putting you in my life & I thank you for being there and making it easy to talk to you. I believe everything in life happens for reason; as I feel the existence of you in my life presented a remedy to a void. You have given me the fortitude to carry-on, and the comfort in knowing you were always there for me. I don't know anyone who would do what you've done and you would be dearly missed. However; I know everything is going to be alright, because I have solace in your beautiful family that is so priceless to me. You are truly a remarkable character . Rest in peace.
MAY DR.Gbayisimore's Soul Rest in peace. I met him for d first time many years ago at his very old clinic off Broad street in Newark as my late Mum"s (Lilian Williams) doctor, Again at my late mum"s bed side in her last days in life at BethIsreal Hospital . . Very humble, caring & patient. & helpful. A very nice man. I pray to God to uphold his family in Jesus name. Amen.... Ms. Bose Finnih.
The memories of time spent together though short can not but be emphasised. Our various journeys from Lagos to Akure, Ibadan, Aboekuta (all Nigeria) in company of Carmen(wife), Femi(son), Omoremi(daughter), 'Dayo Adesiyan(brother), 'Lanre Adesiyan(sister-in-law) and my humble self. You lived as an Icon whose life-style was worth emulating by both young and old. Well, you have lived an interesting life and you have been able within the short short time impacted so much. I pray God to grant your family the fortitude to bear the loss and may your soul rest in peace in the bossom of our Lord. "Elegiri, Akinkanju okunrin lo..." 'Bayo Adeyemi (brother-in-law) Accra, Ghana