Idowu Ajibola Salami

January 28, 1974February 6, 2021
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Idowu Ajibola passed away on Saturday, February 6, 2021 in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 47 years.

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Titilayo Akinnuoye

February 22, 2021

It’s unbelievable that I’m writing this. Idowu you were my brother, the brother I never had . You were so full of life, you loved people, intelligent, humble, engaging, supportive, a family man.

He was Determined and hardworking, generous with his time and resources, always willing to help, likeable and approachable. He was at home in every setting he found yourself. Loved to put people at ease. He enjoyed travelling and exploring different places and cultures. Was curious and took time to study different topics and issues including Politics, food and hospitality, entrepreneurship, different world cultures, travel , languages ( was fluent in French), sports, world history, business, technology. He was a master at excel spreadsheets.

He was a proud Yoruba man - travelled around the world but Felt most at home in his hometown of Ibadan. He loved people and went into politics in order to make a difference especially in vulnerable populations.

He was a man of strong Christian faith. An active member of his church and lived out his christian faith by service to others and an active prayer life. I remember all of us volunteering weekends at the Calgary downtown homeless shelter. He did the same in his hometown of Nigeria, sponsoring many vulnerable families. The doctors told us that at the hospital he stopped proceedings and asked to pray before his operation. He lived his faith out loud.

An entrepreneur at heart, he worked hard to build his cafe from scratch and was a caring boss and he was proud of his team.
He was a family man. Was Close to his mom and his siblings and his many nieces and nephews.
He was the cool Uncle for sure.

Married to my sister Busola his devoted wife of for over 23 yrs. Busola was the love of his life. Their home was loving, peaceful and bubbling Esp when Idowu was around. She was his Yin to his yang. She is organized and craves routine, he was spontaneous and loved adventure. She is on the quiet side and an introvert, he lit up every room with his energy and story telling. They both loved God and tried to build their home on Godly principles, active Christian lives and dedication to their children. He loved being a dad to Naomi and Dani.
Idowu was a true romantic. I remember all the surprises for Busola over the years. Whisking her to Paris for the weekend when they lived in the UK. Her thinking they were just going out for a simple dinner. saying “ no ID that’s not our train , this one is going to France”. Dropping in on us at Christmas “just showing up at their door in Calgary after taking taxi home from the airport one year To excited screams, laughter and joyful tears all caught on video. Calling me to arrange flowers and cake delivery for his wife when he wasn’t around. Showing up to her bible study at church and just quietly randomly coming up and sitting beside her after a long surprise flight from Nigeria

We were all close. We Had good times during family vacations, cozy nights at home when Idowu will cook for us and we would watch movies or have game nights. swimming at the recreation centre, attending church and having Sunday brunch after, teaching us the latest dance moves. Thankfully we have lots of home videos to share with the kids in the future. He was the Best pancake maker ever! A wonderful skill he has passed onto his kids Dani and Naomi

On his last day at home before hospitalization, he was weak and in pain but still managed to teach his son Dani to drive for the first time. An act so meaningful that Dani appreciated so much.

So many Family inside jokes, he was a great story teller, the last one I remember him saying the covid test he took for travel purposes that the nurse went up his nostrils so far, he thought she was about to pick his brain!

He had many plans for the future . It would have been amazing to see what you would have accomplished in the next 47 yrs.

You displayed such strength and fought well till the end. Now you’ve gone to rest at the bossom of the lord. Sleep well brother. Until we meet again.

Denise Dawes

February 22, 2021

Throughout your life you have always been blessed with a very beautiful gift: taking the time to listen and show respect to everyone.

You had that gift that made people feel very comfortable around you; always exuding a spirit of friendliness and happiness.

We will miss you, but will continue to remember you in our prayers and in our hearts.

Stephen & Peggy Franklin. (Wifes Aunt and Uncle in Toronto)


Thank you for sharing your kind soul with us..... your warm personality, intrigue and curious mind, wisdom, laughter, spontaneity and overall zest for life.

We will hold onto the memories: exciting trip to NYC and fun family celebrations.

Watch over us as we continue the adventures of life. Your spirit will always live in our hearts.

Until we meet again,
Kevin & Denise Dawes (Denise-Wife's Cousin)

Babatoni Oduga

February 22, 2021

I was so sad and upset to hear about uncle Idowu's passing, especially because I didn’t get to see him when he came back to Calgary this time around. Although, we didn’t see each other often, he always treated me with love and kindness, and made me feel like family even though we aren’t blood related. I know that Uncle Idowu was well-loved and respected. He had great character and a big heart. The thing that I remember most about Uncle Idowu was the huge smile he always had on his face, I can’t remember a time he wasn’t smiling. He was such a happy and loving person and I was deeply hurt to hear that he had passed away considering our relationship wasn’t nearly as strong as the other cousins. I think of him often and I'm keeping him and the Salami family in my prayers. Rest in paradise, you are greatly missed and I know God is taking care of you up there, you will never be forgotten.


Francis Akinnuoye

February 18, 2021

I remember how much fun we had on New Years Eve two years ago dancing and laughing all night! He was certainly the life of the party. He’ll be missed. My sincerest condolences to the entire family.

~ Francis

temitope Ogunnariwo

February 18, 2021

Tribute to Late Idowu Salami
I.d your death came to us like a rude shock, nothing came to you as a surprise you are always ready for situations, you never related to us like an in-law, every moment we spent together would be cherished for ever, you have always been the gentle type of guy and you never discriminate nor select family members to relate with, you never told us you will leave this soon, but your memories would always be with us, we love you but God loves you more. Rest on I D
Temitope Ogunnariwo

layeni Dele

February 18, 2021

his is very difficult for me to write considering the fact that I’m your senior sister. ID you are going to be missed especially during family gatherings.You are such an unassuming gentleman to the core I became close to you ,when you were contemplating dabbling into politics. I remembered, I was always harassing you that , you are too gentle to be a politician.
One thing is for sure, we are all going to die one day , but yours was too soon , but who am I to judge.
May you Rest In Peace and May God Almighty console Mummy and all the family members in Jesus name. Amen.

Olanlesi Ajayi

February 18, 2021

It Is Well

Idowu Salami, “D great ID.”, although you lived a short but eventful life, you came, you saw and you truly conquered. ID, you indeed fought the good fight, you successfully finished your portion of the race, and not only did you keep the faith, you also passed on the torch of faith to your next generation.

We are grateful to God for the privilege to have known a gentle, kind and loving human being like you. Our prayers are with your wife, your children and the family you left behind.

Continue to rest in the bosom of your Creator, Jesus Christ. Adieu ID... It Is Well - Kayode and Lanle Ajayi

Valour Peters

February 18, 2021

Tributes are for Heroes."

Mr Idowu Salami was a hero, and he lives on in our hearts. I have pastored and related with many phenomenal people, Mr. Idowu stood out. He was a man of Class and Excellence with Exceptional and Exemplary leadership qualities. His life impacted many including mine during my time as the pastor of HOTR Ibadan. I'm eternally grateful to God that our path crossed.
As a reformational and transformational leader, he constantly raised the standard in the society. He wasn't a man of many words but of great deeds, who prefers his works and results to speak for him.
If there are really good men then Idowu was. A kind hearted man and a lover of people, we will miss him greatly.
Our prayers is with the family at this moment of grieve, that the Almighty God will console and give them the fortitude to bear this colossal and irreplaceable loss, in Jesus matchless name!
May his gentle soul rest in the bosom of the Lord till we meet again to part no more.
Adieu Idowu!

Sunday Ogunnariwo

February 18, 2021

The Lord giveth and at the appropriate time he taketh away.
Idowu you have fought a good fight and you have finished the race. Your crown is already your no one can take it away from you
You are in the presence of your make where the heavens are rejoice for your home coming.
Continue to rest in the bosom of your maker .
Good night until resurrection morning
Rest on my beloved brother.

Jayvani Mitchell

February 17, 2021

Dear uncle Idowu,

We didn’t see each other much because we didn’t live in the same city but when I did see you, you were always nice and I noticed how you would make everyone around you happier. You were always the most humble in the room and that’s a thing I learned from you to always be humble no matter what.
Rest In Peace.

Jayvani Mitchell