The remains of Venerable Ephraim Onwubuariri, former Chairman of Imo State (Christian and Muslim) Pilgrims Welfare Board from 1996 to 1998, will be buried on Friday, July 28, 2017 in Ogada, Atta, Ikeduru Local Government, Imo State.
A statement issued by Peter Onwubuariri on Wednesday, on behalf of the Family said the funeral service and interment will take place at St Thomas Anglican Church, Ogada Atta in the Diocese of Ikeduru by 11.00 a.m.
“Other events slated to mark the Home Call of the former Clerical Synod Secretary in the Diocese of Owerri and Diocesan Youth Coordinator include a Service of Songs by the Ikeduru Clergy Association on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 by 4.00 p.m.
“There will also be another Service of Songs in his honour by the Church on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in his residence in Ogada, Atta by 4.00 p.m,” the statement read.
Venerable Onwubuariri, who meritoriously retired from active service in the Diocese of Owerri (Anglican Communion), died in his sleep in his country home, Ogada Atta on Sunday, June 18, 2017, at the age of 76.
He served as a Priest in the Diocese of Owerri beginning from December 19, 1976 when he was ordained Deacon at Christ Church, Owerri by the Rt. Rev Dr Benjamin Nwankiti of blessed memory, to February 28, 2007 when he retired from active service in the Lord’s Vineyard during the Episcopacy of Rt. Rev Cyril Okorocha, PhD.
Throughout his priestly calling as a Curate, Parish Priest, Youth Coordinator, Clerical Synod Secretary, Archdeacon and Administrator, Venerable Onwubuariri never relented in extending the frontiers of the Kingdom among men.
Guided by his priestly vocation, Ven. Onwubuariri was a dedicated community leader and philanthropist, who championed education for the underprivileged. He was also a passionate peacemaker and his exemplary lifestyle endeared him to many.
He is survived by wife, four children, including Mr Peter Onwubuariri of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), 14 grandchildren and a host of brothers and sisters.