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Ekeze, Tobias PhD.

Brockport: died peacefully at home on Saturday, July 16, 2011, at age 53 from a brain tumor (glioblastoma). Tobi is survived by his wife, Karen; his two children, Julian and Isabella; his brother, Vincent and a plethora of extended family and friends. Tobi is predeceased by his parents, Francis and Agnes, and his brother, Thompson. Tobi was a loving and giving person who lived life fully and counted his blessings. May we all carry his legacy forward. Tobi hugs to all...

No prior calling. A memorial service will be announced at a later date. If you so desire, please make donation in memory of Tobi to National Brain Tumor Society ( or to Visiting Nurse Hospice (

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Jul. 18 to Jul. 19, 2011.
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August 9, 2011
To the Ekeze family,
Although his spark was extinguished far too soon, I know I will personally try to honor him by exhibiting his optimism and enthusiasm in my daily work. I feel so fortunate that my 3 boys experienced him while at Brockport High school. He was the epitome of how administrators should be.Brockport High has lost it's star but he will never be forgotten.
Sue Muhleisen
August 5, 2011
May God Almighty give you the strength to bear this great loss.
Tobi was a good gentleman and I pray that the Lord will grant him a good rest in His Kingdom.
C.C. Nwugwo and family
(585)235 1457
July 30, 2011
I knew Dr Tobi from Benin City during my high school days together with his younger brother, Vincent who was my classmate and I know that family. I loved Tobi as he was fondly called by his friends. RIP Dr Tobias Ekeze. Vincent & Chief Thompson Ekeze, take heart, Karen and the kids, your dad was a mentor to me and your uncle-Vincent.Abdullahi Sanni(ex-Edokpolo Grammar School, Benin City), Nigeria. Tel:0803 473 2452;0809 819 1261
Abdullahi Sanni
July 26, 2011

During our soccer days, i always want Tobias on my team, i do not want to be the player assigned to mark Tobias. We will miss you Tobias. Rest in Peace.

~Henry& Constance Ehindero
July 26, 2011
Dr.Ekeze was a great man and i loved seeing him everyday when i want to school i cant believe that he is really gone. but i know that he will always be in my heart.
allie h
July 26, 2011
Dear Karen, We are deeply saddened by the death of Tobias.We pray that in these sad times, the Good Lord grant you, Julian and Isabella the strength and wisdom to carry on his legacy.May his soul rest in peace.
John & Jackie Ejaife
July 25, 2011
Ekeze family,
Tobias and I shared many classes at UB while working on our PH.D.s. His infectious laugh and enthusiasm helped me through some very exhausted moments. He will be sorely missed by many.
Mary Ellen Mulvey, UB 2008
July 24, 2011
Toby my Brother,
I still find it hard to accept the fact that you are gone from our midst.
I still remember you as the same person during our soccer playing days, kind,
thoughtful and always ready to make a
difference to anyone who needed help.
A truly Dedicated, Focused,
Disciplined, Principled, Honest and
Loving human being. Indeed you are and
will continue to be a tower of strength
to many and a shining example of
integrity and respect.
May the Almighty give Karen, Julian and
Isabella the fortitude to bear the loss
of your departure
May the good Lord open his arms to
receive your soul and give you eternal

Adieu my friend.
Daniel Ajegba
July 23, 2011
Karen, Julian and Isabella, I am so very sorry to hear about the passing of our long time friend Toby. I know that he has touched so many lives. I can remember over 25 years ago when all the guys were playing for the Nigerian Soccar Team. May God belss your family and know that Toby is at peace with the father.
Renee Okafor
July 20, 2011
The Ekeze Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. During my time at Brockport, Tobi was always a bright part of the day. He will be truly missed by many. May God Bless.
Renee Turpyn
July 20, 2011
Karen, Isabella, Julian.....
My heartfelt sadness at the loss of my friend of the past 30 years. Tobi was an inspiration to me as he was to so many. No words can fully express the feelings that I extend to you at this time; simply know that I send my sympathy and caring.
Donald Lown
July 19, 2011
Rest In Peace Dr. Ekeze; there is another star amongst the skies today. You were an amazing influence on each of the students you touched with your humor, your love and your grace. May God bless and keep you and your family

With sincere condolences,

Bob & Charlene Capo
Robert Capo Jr
July 19, 2011
We at Christ Community Church of Brockport are sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that your families are in our prayers. One of our young adults shared that Dr. Ekeze was one of her "favorites" - recalling the "It's almost Friday!" May God comfort you in this time.
-Christ Community Church
July 19, 2011
Dr Ekese will be missed dearly by everyone, he was such a remarkable man who many kids loved and adored. Truly an inspiration to everyone who knew him. We will miss him dearly. May God Bless the Ekeze family in your time of mourning and his power heal you. We all will remember the good times shared at Brockport High School!

May God Bless you all

Pam & Kirsten O'Grady
July 19, 2011
May he Rest in Peace, he was an awesome man! My heart and prayers are with your family at this time of sorrow<3
July 19, 2011
Such a Caring Man... a Welcoming smile...we will never forget..
Peace to you
July 18, 2011
so sorry for your loss, he was a great man and a great vice principle, he got me out of so much trouble and always brightened up my day...i love him and will always have a place in my heart, he will be greatly missed but always remembered! "its almost friday" hang in there he is watching down on everyone
Alyssa DeMarco
July 18, 2011
Dear Karen,Julian, & Isabella....What more is there to say that hasn't already been said about the Principal, Teacher, Mentor, Husband, Son, Father, & last but not least " Friend" to all whose Lives were blessed to have the Honor to to stand in his presence. A Light of human compassion has been taken from all of us whose Brightness is rarely if ever seen to mankind. I Love You Tobi.. May You Rest In Peace & You Will NEVER be Forgotten
Rick Sanchez
July 18, 2011
My sincere condolences to your family. As a father and coach i always enjoy toby's positive attitude and encouragement to the coaching staff at brockport and also to the players, he will be missed .
Alan(former jv coach) Thompson
July 18, 2011
Dr.Ekeze will never be forgotten! "It's almost Friday" will always have a special place in my heart! may he rest in peace!<3
solera sherry
July 18, 2011
So sorry to hear that such a kind, caring man has passed. My daughter was a student at Brockport High. He never stopped encouraging her, helping her or advising her. He was a great cheerleader for his students. Thank you, Mr. Ekeze.

~Kelly Reilly
July 18, 2011
Dear Karen, Julian & Isabella,
Sincere condolences to your entire family as you mourn Tobi's passing. He will not be forgotten by the many individuals, young and old, that can say they had the distinct pleasure of knowing him.
Ed Bouwmeester
July 18, 2011
I am so very sorry to hear of Tobi's passing. We were classmates at SUNY Brockport in the the MS Biology program and we also worked together at Ward's Natural Science and the UofR while finishing our degree. We lost touch over the years, but I will always remember Tobi's wonderful smile and great outlook on life. He was a pleasure to be with as his energy just filled the room. My sincere condolences go out to the Ekeze family.
Helen Elam
July 18, 2011
susan paul
July 18, 2011
Dear Karen, Julian, Isabella,
We are so sorry for for your sadness. It's shared. A great man has gone to do his work of kindness in a higher place. I hope you can find peace in your hearts knowing Tobi was so loved. God Bless, The Zurowski's
July 18, 2011
Many prayers and loving condolences to the Ekeze family. I can't help but think that Tobi's energy and spirit, his larger-than-life presence, and his unfailing optimism, will still be felt in the halls of Brockport High School. His smiles and friendship touched us all and his legacy will always be with us. His zest for life was contagious to anyone he encountered, and his unwaivering enthusiasm will always be a reminder to us of how to approach our own lives.
God's blessings to the Ekeze family. May He comfort you and give you strength. Love and prayers from the Hauck family.
Teri Hauck
July 18, 2011
Dear Karen, Julian & Isabella,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Tobi had such a wonderful impact on so many people. As soon as he walked in the room with his upbeat and infectious personality you could do nothing but smile. Tobi was one of a kind and we will miss him greatly.

hugs to you~

Tammy, Joe, Jim & Jenna Clarke
Tammy Clarke
July 18, 2011
To Karen, Julian and Isabella,
My love and prayers are with you! Tobi was a man filled with love and this shows in his family.

Michael Evancho
Michael Evancho
July 18, 2011
Tobi thank you for your love, caring and support to ALL young men and women at Brockport High School. I know you always found good and worth in every student. I know your mission will continue with every life you touched. May Karen, Julian and Isabella find comfort and peace. My prayers are with you all.
JoAnne Conley
July 18, 2011
Tobi, thank you for Blessing my life with your Grace. I love you and will miss you always. As you said many times before, "Your the best!"

Karen, Julian and Isabella my prayers and love are with each of you. I pray you will find strength and comfort during this time. You all are so deeply loved. <3
Candy W
July 17, 2011
"its almost Friday!".. to me this now has a new meaning. Thank so much for being a terrific person all over the high school. You had touch so many souls. You for sure will not be forgotten.. it actually been a blessing to be known and to see how much all those young lives really looked up to you.. God bless you and your family and to all the souls you have touched.
Vicky A.
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