The late Sir Ernest Chinaka Chukukere, Pastor’s warden of St. Marks Anglican Church Amakohia Owerri was recently laid to rest in his home town, Owerre – Nkwoji in Nkwere local government area of Imo State.
The funeral service which attracted dignitaries from far and near, including priests, and Knights from Owerri ecclesiastical Province as well as top government officials was held in St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Owerre-Nkwoji.
Preaching the sermon at the funeral service, the Archdeacon of Uratta North, Ven James Onyekwelibe, who stood in for the Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, called on Christians to lead a righteous life while on earth.
Ven Onyekwelibe counselled Christians to be prepared to give account of their stewardship on earth as such would determine their entry to heaven.
The preacher noted that death is for both great and small people and that every mortal should repent before it comes his way because only those who are united with God shall see Him.
He described the deceased as a committed Christian with humourous, loving and caring qualities of which he was knighted as well as made the pastor’s warden of St. Mark’s, Amakohia till death.
The service was conducted by the host Archdeacon, Ven C.C.B Okorie while the second daughter of the deceased read the lesson as Ven. Shadrack Ikpemio (rtd) prayed for the family as the St. Marks Choir Amakohia rendered the charge at the service, with UNN taking their Alma Mater song.
In the family oration, Sir Chukwukere was described as a good example of a Christian believer with good heart and service to God and humanity, who bagged so many awards in church and society on account of his honesty and dedication to duty.
The deceased who died at the age of 64 is survived by his wife lady Chinyere Chukwukere, two daughters, a son and other relations. Some of the dignitaries that attended the service were the Administrator, Amakohia, Can Chukwuma Opara PhD (JP) and the congregation, members of UNN Alumni Association, St. Augustine’s Grammar School Nkwerre Old Boys, members of SUBEB and others.