Gargiulo, legendary principal, buried in Ondo

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Eminent personalities on Saturday converged on Oke-Agbe, headquarters of Atkoko Northwest local government of Ondo state for the final burial of the pioneer principal of Ajuwa Grammar School, Oke-Agbe, Chief Guy Gargiulo, who served between 1963 and 1978.

Fondly called GG, an Italian naturalised Briton died and was buried on January 3 at All Saints Church, The Drive, Hove, UK

His ashes arrived in Lagos from the UK few days ago and was received at the Murtala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos.

It had been Gargiulo’s wish that he be creamated after his death and his ashes buried at his residence in Oke-Agbe.

The white casket covered with the Greene whites green National flag arrived at exactly 11.00 am and was received by Otunba Solomon Oladunni and other old students of Ajuwa Grammar School.

For several minutes, the undertakers, who dressed in buba and Sokoto orange colour displayed and danced with his casket.

All old students decked in multi-colour Ankara fabric.

At the ceremony were Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Tayo Alasoadura, Chief Solomon Oladunni, Prof Sola Aliu, Dr Tunji Abayomi and many others.

In his homily at the interdenominational service at the main field of Ajuwa Grammar School, Oke-agbe, the Bishop of Akoko Anglican Diocese, Rev J.O Bada eulogised Gargiulo, describing him as an angel, apostle and humanist and a ‘sign that God gave to our generation

According to him, the likes of GG came once in a century, stressing that he devoted his entire to serve humanity.

Aregbesola and other dignitaries spoke in glowing terms the on the uncommon life of Gargiulo, urging the people to emulate his good deeds.

After the funeral service, there was an endowment fund launching in honour of the late emeritus Principal.