Chief Stephen Patrick Osita Osadebe, 73, of N. Main St., Waterbury, passed away May 11, 2007 at St Mary's Hospital, Waterbury. He was the husband of Elizabeth Edwin-Osadebe. He was born in Atani, Nigeria, March 17, 1934 son of the late Chief Dennis Obi Osadebe and Iyom Nwanyiego Uzoka-Osadebe. He was a world renowned Nigerian musician and was known as the King of Highlife. He was also an officer of the Order of the Niger. Besides his wife he is survived by sons, Obiajulu Osadebe, Patrick Okwy Osadebe, Stephen Osita Osadebe, Jr., daughters, Virginia Uju Okakpu, Gloria Nwando Robbins, Lisa Oge Osadebe and children in Nigeria, a sister Katherina Ejima Thompson, and grandchildren, Elizabeth Okakpu, Vivian Okakpu, Henry Okakpu Jr., Margaret Okakpu, Adaeze Osadebe and Adaobi Osita Osadebe and eight grandchildren in Nigeria, as well as sons and daughters-inlaw, cousins, nephews and nieces. Funeral service at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Friday, June 8 at 7 p.m. Friends may call from 4 - 7 p.m.

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  1. I was shocked to hear of your loss yesterday from my father’s chance meeting at the Atlanta airport with Okwy. My deepest symapathies and condolences to the whole family. You are in my prayers.

  2. Uju and family, May our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ comfort you. May the presence of the Holy Spirit surround you. Be blessed you with the peace that passes all understanding. Be also comforted with the sweet memories of your loving dad. May the Lord uphold you throughout the entire process of the celebration of the life of your dad. Be strong and of good courage, the Lord is your strength and He will give His angels charge over you. Our prayers will continually be with you and your loved ones.

  3. Osa Baba, You brought many insightful reflections of life through your musical exploits. Listening to your music brought tears to my eyes this morning. I find solace in the fact that death is a debt we all have to pay and it cannot be refinanced. I have been a fan of your music from home to the USA. I moved to Connecticut a year ago and want to be part of your memorial service any time. I can be reached at 713.578.0005. May the Lord continue to guide your spirit, your family and your fans wherever they may be. Osa Baba, may the Lord continue to guide, protect, and provide for the seeds you sowed on earth, Amen. Regards, Okwy.

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