Eddie Adegun, 81, a Manchester, United Kingdom supermarket worker, who died leaving no known relatives, is generating controversy as his burial is being delayed in order to raise enough funds to lay him to rest by colleagues who considered him family.
Adegun worked at Asda in Hyde, Manchester for more than eight years until just days before Christmas when he lost his battle with throat cancer.
Unable to trace a next of kin, the pensioner faced a pauper’s funeral until staff at the store stepped in to raise enough money to give him the send-off he deserved.
Eddie, a former engineer who was originally from Nigeria, started work at Asda after becoming bored with being retired.
He worked nights on the checkout where he was known to customers for his catchphrase ‘Alright!’
Friend and colleague Rosh Kumar said: “Eddie had this big warm smile, he always used to crack a joke and engage customers in conversation and that endeared him to everyone.
“I have never seen him lose his temper and be anything but nice to people. He just exuded happiness and positivity.
“He was a very much loved man. The best way I can put it is that we were his family. The fact that he had such enthusiasm when he came into work was because he considered us to be his family too.
“He had no means of a funeral so we wanted to do something befitting Eddie. The store has made a contribution along with a lot of his colleagues and customers and so far we have raised just over £1,000.”
Eddie, who lived in Fallowfield , died in Christie’s where medics have agreed to look after his body until pals have raised enough to pay for a proper funeral.
An embarrassed Chairman of the Nigeria Community Manchester (NCM), Mr. Ade Arogundade, commented on the website of Manchester Evening News website thus, “It is sad to hear about Mr Adegun’s death. Nigeria Community Manchester (NCM) will want to participate in the funeral arrangement. We have been trying to locate people who may know him whether they are friends or relatives. If there is still any information MEN may want to share with us, please, contact me, the Chairman of NCM, on 07956916741 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Culled from: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/incoming/hyde-store-family-raise-funds-6648759