By Tony Nezianya
A retired naval officer, Chief D S Nwachukwu, has peacefully passed away at the age of 105, the family has announced.
The late officer, who died on August 18, was the father of Mr Edwin Nwachukwu, an Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who was one time the former Bureau Chief of NAN at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.
While in the US, Edwin Nwachukwu had the mandate to cover entire North America.
Chief Daniel Sunday Osondu Nwachukwu (Dee Sunday), was born in April 1917 into the Nwachukwu Etuu family of Obuorji, Umuana Ndume, Ibeku in Umuahia North Local Government of Abia state.
Until his passage, he was the oldest living man in his village.
He was fondly called D.S. Nwachukwu by friends and close associates in the Nigerian Navy.
He had a fulfilling career as fine naval personnel, who served the nation meritoriously in different capacities at home and abroad before his retirement.
While in service, he assisted some youths to get enlisted into the Nigerian Navy, a legacy which has remained evergreen in the minds of his people.
On retirement, he was offered an appointment by the Abia State Government that he voluntarily turned because of his firm commitment that he wanted to remain as an ambassador of peace to the greater glory of his immediate community.
D.S. Nwachukwu, as a humanist daily, upheld the principle of peace-loving and God-fearing in all he did.
Born by Catholic parents and raised strictly as a Catholic, he practised Catholicism.
Apart from the regular church worship, he served God by belonging to some societies of the church such as a member Catholic Men’s Organisation (CMO) and many others.
He made several contributions and donations toward the growth and development of the church, particularly the spread of God’s kingdom on earth.
Members of his home church, St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Ahiaeke Ndume Ibeku will surely miss him.
Socially, D.S. Nwachukwu remained simple and approachable, very humble, loving and hospitable.
The Almighty Father in Heaven called him to rest into the higher glory on August 18. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
His son, Edwin Nwachukwu says “Papa was a man with a large heart, tolerance and accommodating everyone that came his way. He was a caring man who many wished was their father or grandfather. He spread his hands to feed the poor and the needy.
“He took no pleasure in dragging for land and material acquisition. He was a lover of community and development and never supported the division of the Umuana Ndume community into factions.
“His sincerity and unbiased judgment of communal issues, he said, is one of the reasons why God gave him a long life. His enduring legacy as a man of peace will be pursued by us, his children”.
Edwin said he would remain his teacher, motivator and mentor.
“These lessons without ever knowing it helped shape me into what I am today. I pride myself as a good person with a great attitude, thanks to you.
‘’ I learned from you the importance of hard work and sacrifice which has defined our life.
‘’Goodbye Papa. I love you and miss you more than words can express. You will always be remembered. You will always be celebrated. May your soul rest in perfect peace, Amen.’’
The deceased will be buried on November 11 at his compound in Obuorji, Umuana Ndume, Ibeku Umuahia, Abia state.