Arsenal U-17 coach Marcellinus Anyanwu has paid tribute to his late father, Mr Felix Ucheobi Anyanwu.
Anyanwu, the former MFM coach who is currently the head coach of Arsenal U-17 soccer team in Dubai, in a chat with The Athletic NG, describes his father as a great loss to his entire family.
“The beauty of Ikeduru LGA of Imo State has been desecrated by the cold hands of death, an illustrious son of Umuidi Amambaa Uzoagba has received his summons to join the innumerable caravan that moves to that mysterious realm where each shall take his chamber in the silent halls of death.
“Our father was a teacher of all things, his method was simple, he impacted greatly to our generation, he was a popular teacher per excellence, our father was emotionally attracted to reading, listening to news and watching football, he taught by example, his character was a foundation of his conscience.
“Our father was strong in body, in spirit and in commitment, he never let another man down, he fulfilled every obligation, his word was his bond and everyone knew it.
“Our father loved good jokes, my mother and my siblings that was why he gave us befitting education, he stood for peace, truth, equity and fairness, he had strength like an Eagle, he was ready to take any challenge and he was an embodiment of profound knowledge, insight, foresight and wisdom.
“He was an intelligent man endowed with calmness, grace and peace that can only come from God Almighty, no matter the angle from which it is viewed, our father will be remembered as a man who stood up to be counted when it mattered most.
“To leave us at this stage of battle is a bitter pill to swallow, but man cannot change destiny. Farewell our mentor, the candle of integrity that you have lit shall never be quenched, I can vividly remember the last stanza of Edna St Vincent Millay’s Dirge” without music” of which reads down down into the darkness of grave gently the go, the beautiful, the tender, the kind, quietly the go, the intelligent, the witty, the brave I know but I do not approve and I am not resigned,” Anyanwu said.
Late Mr Felix Ucheobi Anyanwu was the first son of late Mr Anyanwu Akalaga Agbugba of Umuidi Amambaa Uzoagba and Mrs Ohanyere of Umuokweema Umuonuemolu of Umueze Uzoagba both in Ikeduru LGA of Imo State. Born in 1940, he died on Thursday 27th February, 2020 at the age of 80 and was laid to rest on 11th July 2020 at his home town of Umuidi Amambaa Uzoagba, Imo State.
He is survived by his wife Mrs Esther Anyanwu, 2 sons, 4 daughters, 3 sons-in-law, 7 grandchildren and a daughter-in-law.
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