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TRIBUTE TO BRIAN DUGDALE
IT TAKES GRACE TO MEET A DESTINY HELPER : My life with Brian Dugdale
As providence will have it Brian came to James Welch Grammar School, Emevor, Delta State, Nigeria when l was rounding up in 1962
He taught physics and maths my worst subjects and this made our paths parallel. However, we met through his association with other English tutors at Emevor.
We became close friends as a result of his desire to help and mentor a number of indigent students among whom were Pender Ugoso (late) , Shedrack Agbagbara and myself. My hope of completing university education was bleak until Brian, being used of GOD; came to my rescue in 1966 by helping to pay my tuition fees after he had relocated back to Britain.
Brian was very devoted to family life after getting married to his amiable wife Margaret. They both encouraged me to regard Clitheroe as my second home every time l was in the Uk. This kind gesture was also extended to my family as we enjoyed excellent hospitality each time we visited.
I will forever cherish the life and times we shared together visiting many tourist attractions and scenic landscapes across England. These were all backed up with amazing photos.
Despite health challenges that restricted his movements in the last couple of years, Brian remained caring, entertaining, loving and willing to assist any visitors that came calling. We had exchanged pleasantries at Christmas in 2021 and he mentioned that all was well with the family gathered for the festivities. News of his sudden passage a few days later therefore came as a rude shock.
Thank you Brian for being the wonderful, caring brother and friend you were. It was an honour and a blessing having you in my life and family!
To our ever caring " workaholic " mom Margaret and the family left behind our love , prayers and good wishes are with you.
ADIEU Brian and rest in peace.
Ezekiel Emoefe Ekiugbo.