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Chief Peter Chuma Okosa

December 7, 1948 August 18, 2019
Chief Peter Chuma Okosa
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On Sunday, August 18, 2019, Pete Chuma Okosa, loving father of four children, lost his battle against colon cancer. His daughter was by his side the night before and the afternoon he passed.

Pete was born on December 7, 1948 in Onitsha, Nigeria to Louis and Beatrice Okosa. He was the second of five children. Between 1967 and 1970, he fought valiantly in the Nigerian Civil War as a commander of a battalion during which he suffered a gunshot wound to the knee. In early 1990s he became a chief in Nigeria. In 2016 he took the title Ichie of his hometown Umoji, retaining the name “Omeifejideofor” which translates to righteousness in Ibo.

Pete attended St. John’s Primary School and graduated from St. John Arlor Secondary School in 1964. Through his life Pete remained an avid learner. In December 1972 he immigrated to Little rock, Arkansas to attend university. Two years later he transferred to Jersey City College in New Jersey. There he earned his two degrees in Economics and Mathematics. He had a passion for education and received four masters’ degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, Accounting and Psychology.

Pete’s life mission was to simply love and provide for his family. From the time he lost his father at the tender age of 12, Pete poured all his energy and will into providing for his loved ones. He started working and bringing money home for his siblings’ tuition fees before he was even an adult yet himself. When he got married to Obianuju in 1981 and started his own family in 1982 in the United States, his commitment and sacrifices were constant and unwavering.

Pete believed that empowering your mind and working your hardest were the keys to unlocking his dreams. He found successful careers as a state auditor for New Jersey and as a senior budget examiner for the Newark Board of Education. Unfortunately, due to a change in municipal administration, Pete was laid off from his lucrative positions. He later became a substitute teacher and worked hard as one right up until the day he fell ill.

Pete was preceded in death by his brother, Titus Benjamin Okosa. He is survived by: his three sons, Kenechukwu Okosa, Ifeanyi Okosa and Emeka Okosa; his daughter, Onyinye Alexis Okosa; his granddaughters, Kenniah Okosa, Aven Chinyere Okosa and Amirrah Okosa; his grandsons, Kene Jr. Okosa, Azariah Okosa, Isaiah Okosa and Micah Ikechukwu Okosa. He is also survived by his siblings: Chief Frank Okosa, Mrs. Patricia Ibegbu Nee Okosa, and Chief Stan Okosa.

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6:00 PM 9/28/2019 6:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/28/2019 8:00:00 PM
Perry Funeral Home

34 Mercer St.
Newark, NJ 07103

Perry Funeral Home
34 Mercer St. Newark 07103 NJ
United States

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Arlington Cemetery Final Resting Place

748 Schuyler Avenue
Kearney, NJ 07032

748 Schuyler Avenue Kearney 07032 NJ
United States

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