Cathedral funeral for Southwark Mayor Tayo Situ


Cllr Tayo Situ 

Cllr Tayo Situ posed for the London SE1 website as he arrived at Southwark Cathedral for a service last year
Gilles Catoire and Tayo Situ 

Gilles Catoire, Mayor of Southwark twin town Clichy, shared a conspiratorial chat with Cllr Situ during a Remembrance Sunday ceremony at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park.

The funeral of Cllr Tayo Situ, Mayor of Southwark, will be held at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 23 May, according to an emerging reports from London South-East website

Councillor Situ died on Monday 9, 2011, after having  brush with cancer just less than two weeks to the expiration of his mayoral tenure.

Meanwhile, more messages of condolence are coming in in respect of the departed well loved mayor of Southwark.

Council leader Peter John had described Cllr Situ’s death as “a grievous blow to his family, his friends and our borough”.

“Tayo Situ was a truly gentle man, and fulfilled the role of Mayor of Southwark with real dignity,” said Cllr John.

“He was so proud of the opportunity to serve his constituents and our borough as the first citizen. I know that all of our thoughts and prayers are with Tayo’s family at this time.”

A book of condolence has been opened in the reception area of Southwark Council‘s Tooley Street offices. The Mayor’s office recently relocated to Tooley Street from Southwark Town Hall.

Tayo Situ came to the UK from Nigeria in 1985. He studied accountancy at London South Bank University and set up his own business.

Late Councillor Tayp Situ

Elected as a Labour councillor in Peckham in 2002, he was chosen to serve as Mayor for 2010-11.

His son, Michael Situ, was also elected to Southwark Council a year ago.

The Councillor’s funeral will be held at Southwark Cathedral on Monday 23 May at 11am.

“Mayor Tayo Situ’s death is a great loss to the local community here in Southwark which he has served faithfully and with great distinction as a councillor over many years and currently as Mayor,” said the Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun.

“I have been grateful for his strong support both personally as well as for the church and faith communities in the Borough. When I visited him recently whilst he was in hospital I was very moved by the courageous and dignified way he was coming to terms with life threatening illness drawing encouragement and hope from his family, many friends and deep Christian faith.

“I extend my sympathy to his family and to all those whose lives he touched in public life. I will remember him and his family in my prayers.’

Southwark Council

Tributes to Cllr Situ have come from across the political spectrum. Bermondsey & Old Southwark MP Simon Hughes said: “It is a real tragedy that our borough’s first citizen has lost his struggle with the illness that has so sadly prevented him from enjoying his year as Mayor of Southwark”

“Tayo’s family and friends will I hope be comforted by knowing how many people are holding them in their thoughts and prayers at this time. We know that the family’s strong Christian faith will support them as it supported Tayo in all that he did.

“There will of course be times for a civic public tribute. For now, we must give thanks for Tayo’s public service, and share the sadness that he was taken from us at such an early stage and before his work was done.”

The acting dean of Southwark, Canon Andrew Nunn, added: “Mayor Situ was a good friend to the cathedral and it was a joy to have him take part in the service of enthronement of the tenth Bishop of Southwark in March. We will hold him and his family in our prayers at this time.”

The Mayor’s Charity Ball – in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support – went ahead as planned at the Hilton London Tower Bridge on Saturday night.

Last week, more condolence messages come from across the world as Nigeria’s acting High Commissioner, Ambassador Dozie Nwanna conveyed Nigeria’s message to the family.

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London SE1 website team



    I first met Mayor Tayo Situ in April 2004 ,when l was planning the Memorial Service at St Paul’s Cathedral in honour of our late Mentor -Prof Thomas Adeoye Lambo -former Deputy Director General of the WHO .

    Since then Cllr. Tayo Situ has remained a great source of inspiration and patriotism to the Black Communities especially Nigerians in the Diaspora.

    He was a great achiever ,blessed and gifted yet very humble ,approachable and well-focused.

    In May 2010, I watched with great admiration and pride when he was unanimously elected as the 1st Nigerian Mayor of London Borough of Southwark , United Kingdom.

    In my voluntary Community Services as the President of IDAY -UK, Mayor Tayo Situ gave me tremendous support and encouragement. He always participate at the Annual Conference of the International Day for the African Children and he was a Recipient of the

    Part of his Projects and Commitments were Prevention of Youth Violence and Crimes, Promotion of Responsible Parenthood , Improvement of Standard of Education ,Health Care,and General Welfare of our people in the UK.

    We shall continue to keep Mayor Situ’ s legacies alive and his self less Community Spirit shall be our driving force to make his dreams of ,decent and safer Communities accomplished. He deserves to be immortalized in many ways.

    From humble background at Iwo in Osun state of Nigeria, a Yoruba Man who was very proud of his Heritage and Culture, Mayor Situ’s story had proved to us that No height is unattainable .With God on our side coupled with Hard Work,tenacity , Excellent Record and Services to Humanity.Sky should be our Limit.
    Just like President Obama had showed us ‘Yes We Can”

    We join thousands of other Well Wishers to sympathize with His respectful and pleasant wife Mrs Abike Situ who stood by him in thin and thick . Their children are also great inspiration ,one them Michael is also already Councillor .
    Please accept our deep-hearted condolences and pass this to all members of the Situ family,” .

    “We are grateful to God for Mayor Tayo Situ’s outstanding achievements and enormous services to mankind which will remain ever green in our memory”,
    His short but remarkable life deserved to be Celebrated and emulated …..Though GONE TOO SOON….. It is not how long but how well. He had now been called to Eternal Rest and Higher Services with our God Almighty .

    Finally…..Mayor Tayo Situ we salute you and bid you an Eternal farewell. You were our respected Leader,brother and friend . You were an illustrious son and a big pride to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and indeed the African continent. You served humanity with all your might, power, intellect and dynamism.

    We shall greatly miss your leadership qualities, simplicity, integrity, courage, flexibility ,Dedication to Community Services ..
    . You were our dignified Champion ,our celebrity,Our Hope for Political Transformation and Breakthrough, the Caring Counsellor, The ever-shinning star***.Our Precious Brother and Community Leader.

    Rest in perfect peace in the Bloosom of our Lord until the resurrection day ….Adieu,
    O digba Egbon dada ,Omoluwabi, Orun Rere o

    With Kind Regards & God Bless

    Chief Mrs Yemisi Agunbiade-Sanusi
    President , IDAY-UK
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