Olugbenga “Olu” Aleraye, age 48, of Lombard, passed away on December 28, 2020. He was born February 24, 1972 in Lagos, Nigeria to his loving parents, David Aleraye and Comfort Bolatito Ajetonmobi.

Olu earned a Bachelor of Science in both Education and Physics in 2003, then went on to earn an MBA in Marketing. Most recently, in April, 2020, he earned his IT Certification.

Olu met his wife, Chiquita, on the Plenty of Fish dating website. They were married for 3 short, but wonderful, years.

Olu enjoyed cooking, singing, joking around, watching boxing matches, and teaching. He was a brilliant man who left an impact on everyone he met. He was a very hard worker, and always put others first. He loved, and was greatly loved by, his family and friends.

Loved ones will remember the moments he planted in their lives. His family prays that all those planted moments will help them on their journey through life.

Olu was preceded in death by his mother, Comfort Aleraye. He is survived by his wife, Chiquita Crawford-Aleraye; children, Daniel, April, and Julia; stepchildren, Devonte, Charisma (Jovon), and Torian; father, David Aleraye; siblings, Elizabeth Aleraye, Olusegun Aleraye, Maria Olagbaye, and Odeyemi Dare; grandchildren, J’lahni Wallace and J’Ari Wallace; aunt, Tonia Ogunribido; cousins, Xtiana Olarinde, Mary Olowookere, and Debby Ogunribido; nephew, Emmanuel Olagbaye; and nieces, Elizabeth Olagbaye and Esther Olagbaye.

Visitation will be 10:30am until funeral service at 1:00pm, Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park Street, Elgin, IL 60120.

Mourners are encouraged to review the funeral home COVID-19 public health policies ahead of time. Face masks are required to enter the facility.

To access the visitation remotely, loved ones are encouraged to log on safe from home via Zoom.us (Meeting ID: 985 7522 8328, Password: 869343).

Interment to follow at Dundee Township East Cemetery, 420 Dundee Avenue, East Dundee, IL 60118.

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home. For more information, call 847-741-1128 or visit www.symondsmadison.com.

25 Replies to “Olugbenga Aleraye”

  1. Sorry for your loss. Praying for you and your family. May God continue to bless, strengthen and comfort you in your time of bereavement.

  2. Praying for divine comfort to Chiquita and family as you celebrate Aleraye’s life-Weeping May endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning-Psalms 30:5

    love you,
    Minister Debra Crews, WCC Nursing Home Department Head

  3. Sorry for your loss!! Praying for you and your family that God will comfort, strengthen and give you peace during your time of bereavement. Love and prayers ❤🙏🙏🙏

  4. Allen as he’s fondly called by us; his secondary school mates; is a wonderful and passionate friend. He will be sorely missed. Our prayers with Chiquita at this time and others. May the good Lord comfort us all. Good night Allen

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Thinking of Mr. Olugbenga and his loved ones with prayers and love.

  6. I am so sorry for your, he will be very much missed at school by his colleagues and his students.

  7. There are no words to fill the void, know that the LORD is working in your lives. May the Lord bless you all during these difficult circumstances. My prayers to your loved ones.
    Mr.Aleraye was such a wonderful and respectful person and an amazing teacher who always wanted the best for the students, that I will remember.

  8. Daddy,
    we had a beautiful conversation on 26th December, 2020 and you promised you will call your boy again 1st January 2021, daddy I am still waiting for that scheduled call. You were a good man, you advised me. I keep remembering how you solved my difficult mathematics questions whenever I send you my assignment, am saddened that death took you away. Your death has left a scar in my heart but your legacy will stand in my life. Imiss you! Good night Dad!
    Daniel Aleraye

  9. Dear Daddy,
    I miss you. You have been a great father, adviser and teacher. I promise by the grace of God I will make you proud. I, my sister and brother will work in unity. I promise to make you and my mother proud. I promise to put in my best in my studies. I will make your name last longer among people because you are a HERO. Even if people forget you, you will always be mine, my mummy’s, Julia’s and Daniel’s Hero.
    We will always love you no matter the circumstances. I love you, Dad.
    Yours dearly,
    April O. Aleraye

  10. Dear Daddy,
    You have been a great father to me. I love you so much for the time you have been with me. I will always love you. You have made me so good in all the things I do. I don’t know what is going to happen now but I still love you. I love Daniel and April too.
    Julia A. Aleraye

  11. My friend,
    I love you and I miss you! I’m missing you. I feel this bottomless void in my heart. We were the centre of one another’s universe. YOU STAND OUT AMONG ALL MEN.
    May we meet in peace again in Jesus name. I leave you in the joyous fellowship of our father, The Almighty God.
    Adeola A. Aleraye

    1. Adeola, Aleraye…. Sorry for the loss
      Josh Allen was a great friend indeed! Our journey together in Unilag…our last chat 24th Dec….his passion to care for his daddy… E ku amumora ma. May the Lord comfort all of his family members in Jesus name… Peace

  12. Bro Ayo,
    We never thought this day would come ever! You were a father, a brother, a friend.
    There are many memories of so many sweet and bitter times spent together.
    These are all we have now- memories.
    But we are choosing to remember the good times instead of the trying ones.
    Sleep on and rest in the bosom of your Lord till the last day when we shall all rejoice before The Father.
    We love you and wish you eternal rest!
    The Adeleke Family

    1. Dear brother,
      Its hurt to say goodbye because i never thought life will be this short for you. Though miles may lie between us we are never far apart, you will always be in my heart.
      Still will meet again.
      Forever is our heart.
      Olugbenga Ayodele Eniafe Omo Aleraye.
      Rest in the bosom of our Lord
      Baby sis will miss you.
      Lots of love from
      Elizabeth O. Aleraye

  13. My brother,
    Ayobami Olugbenga Aleraye was a good person. He was like a parent and also my best friend which I can never have in my life again. He was caring and stood by me in my difficult moments. Your death is a big loss to the whole family and a personal loss to me as his brother. I will never forget you for the rest of my life. May your soul rest in the bosom of our Lord.
    Goodnight my dear brother Ayobamidele Olugbenga.
    Dare ( Brother)

    It seems to me like a dream that is yet to come to reality that you are gone.
    It was a terrible shock when l heard that you have passed on. Your death is an irreparable loss to me which no one can replace. My heart is heavy for losing someone special like you.
    I thought about so many things as l remembered the time we shared, and the good times we had are truly unforgettable. l will remember your very caring nature, sharing people’s sorrow and joy with them. I remembered your way of greeting when we talked on phone and while chatting on WhatsApp “Hello o my sister, se daada ni, gbogbo awon Eyan mi nko, nbamiki maami daada, kolorun so wa” this was the way of your greeting to me, l will remember especially when you speak in Ijesha dialect. You and our aunt (Mrs Ogunribido) always make me to remember home when you use ljesha to converse with me on the phone.
    Bro Ayo, you were a pillar, a caring cousin, a good father to your children and lovely husband to your wife. Oh! You are an achiever, you valued education, you enjoyed reading, researching and you were a motivational person.
    You have done a lot for all, especially your family members. A limb has fallen from the family tree! At this time, we must let go, your memories will keep flowing in our minds. Deep in my heart, I will always keep your image.
    You will truly be missed and forever remembered by all my siblings, cousins, aunty and our mom.
    It is hard to say goodbye.
    O dabi aala!
    O se mi bi i ran!
    What a painful exit. Sun re ooooo

  15. To think that the last time I and my husband spoke to you was the last time we will ever speak to you again. This saddens our hearts but we know you are resting in God’s bossom where you deserve to be.
    Thank you uncle for sharing your kindness, intelligence, and skills with the world because the lives of people and students you have touched will never forget you.
    Thank you for letting me know that I can be whatever I want and all I need to do is work hard for it.
    Thank you for blessing us with such an unforgettable gift; I and my family will never forget you.
    Keep resting Sir! (your cuzn & hubby)
    Mary and Sam Olowookere

  16. My husband I can’t believe I’m writing this tomorrow is the last day we will see on earth but I know I will see you in heaven. We miss you so much it’s very hard waking up each day without you seeing that beautiful smile and handsome face you meant the world to me and you showed it.. sleep well my LOVE until we meet again…

  17. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. Amen

  18. Gbenga, for the little we knew each other it was a pleasure. You are gentle giant. My wife and l will miss you so. You are a man of good heart.
    May your soul rest in perfect peace

  19. My dear friend and brother Olugbenga, to say your death was a rude shock is an understatement. We chatted for a long time on the phone a day before you died and even exchanged texts the morning of that fateful day and had no inclinations you’ll be gone by the end of that day. For the short time that I had the privilege of knowing you, I grew to admire your hardwork, perseverance, doggedness in the pursuit of knowledge, kindness and generosity of spirit. I will miss our chit chats as you fondly say. Ha, if death had asked for a myriad of things, we would have cheerfully given them in exchange for your life. Ti o ba dele ki o ki ile, bi o ba dona ko beere ona. Ma je okun ma je ekolo, ohun ti won ban je lajule orun ni ko ba won je o. Sun re o, my dear friend. You will be sorely missed.
    Abby Kolapo

  20. Mrs. Alaraye, I am so very sorry for your loss. Your husband was a wonderful teacher and co-worker. He inspired so many of our students with his optimism and joy. May the Lord comfort you during these difficult times.

  21. Your spirit was so very bright! Moments in between classes/refocus were always a pleasure due to you. You will be incredibly missed by myself, staff and students. We will work hard to preserve your lasting, loving memory.

  22. I am so sorry for your loss. Olu was an extremely intelligent and caring person. He was devoted to his students’ learning and would do anything to make that happen. But most of all, Olu was generous, always giving of himself and his incredible spirit. He will be missed.

  23. Dear Brother
    It pains when a child died before his father. You promised him that you will be there for him to take care of him but now you are no more. It was a privilege to have spoken with you before God called you home.
    What can I say than to give glory to God for everything. Bros Me, I will miss you greatly. But as It was, God knows why you had to go away, free from the troubles of this world. Which remind me that “the falling of the BROWN leaves is a warning to the GREEN ones, that, one day, it shall be our own time”. The Lord keep you on His bosom till we meet to part no more. Adieu Brother mi.
    Eru olorun bami, eru olorun bami o
    ohun to ba ti pinu lokan re ko seni to le daduro.
    Emi mo pe ipinu olorun ni lati pe yi sodo. Ope ni fun Oluwa. GOODBYE.
    Your Sister

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