With very heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of our dearly beloved, Joseph Emovwerha ("Big Joe") Aganbi, who passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2017.
Joseph was born on Friday, January 14, 1972 at Eku Baptist Hospital in Eku, Delta State, Nigeria, the son of Mr. Joseph O. Aganbi and Mrs. Hettie O. Aganbi. He began his early education at Emotan Primary School, Benin City, Edo State and transferred to DSC (Delta Steel Company) Primary School, Aladja, Delta State when the family moved. He went on to attend DSC Technical High School, also in Aladja, before continuing his high school education at George Westinghouse High School, Brooklyn, New York.
Big Joe, as he came to be called over the years, performed at the top of his class in New York and graduated with many recognitions and awards, including Valedictorian for his high school graduating class of 1990. Big Joe then went on to study engineering at Virginia Tech, where he excelled in his first year; but, due to extenuating family circumstances, he moved back to Nigeria, where his life would be transformed both professionally and personally.
Big Joe, naturally excelling in the emerging field of information technology, started to provide networking services for various companies in Lagos, Nigeria as they extended their networks to multiple company locations and the Internet. On his return to the United States in 2001, Big Joe further studied Cisco and other IP Networking Technologies at Strayer University, then joined McKesson Corp., a giant in Medical Equipment Services. After a few years, Big Joe joined Hunton & Williams, supporting applications for a brief period, then returned to McKesson, where he worked as a valuable member of the team, supporting the warehouse technologies until his death.
In 1996, while in Nigeria, Big Joe met the love of his life, Oluchukwu Ohaegbulam, and after years of friendship and love, they got married in 2001. This was indeed one of the happiest days of his life. Together, they built a life and a happy matrimonial home in Richmond, Virginia and on March 8th, 2010, were blessed with their bundle of joy, a beautiful daughter, Michelle Oghenegare Aganbi.
Big Joe was a family man; the security and happiness of his family were always his primary focus. Only two weeks before he passed on, he took his family on a fun trip to Baltimore Harbor, this being one of many such trips that the family enjoyed, as he strongly believed in getting away from their usual routine and creating special memories.
For about a decade of Big Joe’s final years, he had a number of medical challenges. Nevertheless, he never let this limit his mind, body, or soul. He handled adversity with dignity and humor; he lived a rich life, choosing to live and not just go through life. He traveled widely, including trips to his home country, Nigeria; Europe; and many states within the United States. He dared to dream big and pursue those dreams for a better, happier, healthier life with his family. He was profoundly generous to all who knew him and needed his time or resources. He was a compassionate and loyal friend who could always be relied on for very sensitive discussions and problem-solving matters. He was a tough, intelligent, and rugged, but very tender-hearted man.
A loving son, brother, husband, father, cousin, uncle, and friend. Joseph was predeceased by his father; an older sister, Mrs. Henrietta Bassey; and an older brother, Mr. Hope "Apo" Aganbi. He is survived by his dear wife, Oluchi Aganbi and daughter, Michelle O. Aganbi; his mother, Mrs. Hettie O. Aganbi; older brother, Frederick O. Aganbi; his older sister, Mrs. Joy A. Robinson; younger brother, Valentine O. Aganbi and a close-knit family and special friends that enriched his life. Big Joe, we miss you tremendously; we will no longer hear your sonorous voice and hearty laughter! Rest on till we meet to part no more in Paradise.
Please kindly take a moment to sign the Memory Book and share your memories and any photographs you may have of our dearly loved Joe. Also, a fundraiser has been set up to assist with the funeral expenses and to provide for his wife and daughter in the immediate future. Please kindly visit and make a donation, no matter how little, at: https://funds.gofundme.com/dashboard/josephaganbi. Thank you.
The funeral is on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Chesterfield, VA. Funeral arrangements handled by Morrissette Funeral & Cremation Service. See details at: http://www.morrissett.com/obituary/Joseph-Emovwerha-Aganbi/-
Joseph, we love you, but God loves you more and wanted you home. Rest peacefully in His bosom for all eternity, dear!