A former Company Secretary, Punch Nigeria Limited, Mr Ademola Atilade, was buried on Wednesday amid praises from people from all walks of life, including the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, South-West, Prof Magnus Atilade. The CAN chairman, who is a cousin of the deceased, said Ademola’s death had left a huge vacuum in the family. He described Ademola as an unforgettable person, who bequeathed a legacy of excellence to the family. The cleric spoke after the internment of the deceased at the Ikoyi Christian Cemetery, Obalende, on Wednesday. He said, “He (Ademola) was a jolly good fellow, very jovial and accommodating. He was very elegant and charming. He was an unforgettable person. If you spend a few minutes with him, he would do or say something that would make you not to forget him. “The legacy he left is of excellence. I will like all the younger members of the family to embrace excellence in their callings, professionally or otherwise. The vacuum he left behind is almost irreplaceable. In his own way, he has created a space that will be very difficult to fill.” Magnus stated that although the family had wished Ademola lived longer, he had achieved a lot within the 66 years he spent on earth. He added that Ademola was affable and related well with different social classes. “The lesson we can learn from his death is that life is short and that life does not depend on how long we live, but how well. So, in his 66 years, which is relatively short, he was able to accomplish a lot. He was a graduate of Economics and Law and by a dint of hard work, he became the legal adviser of Punch Nigeria Limited. He has children and grandchildren, but we wanted him to live much longer. “We are proud of his legacies and accomplishments. He could move with people at the top, in the middle or the bottom of the society. You cannot easily class him into any section; he was a free mixer. He identified with the masses and championed their cause all through his life,” he said. Ademola, who died on May 6, 2017, was buried on Wednesday in Lagos. He was the company secretary and legal adviser to Punch Nigeria Limited between December 1, 1984 and February 14, 1995. He is survived by his children, Mrs Adedamola Ladejobi, Mrs Faramadeoluwa Oluwabiyi and Miss Oluwademilade Atilade. A funeral service was held in his honour at Dr. Akinola Maja Memorial Gospel Baptist Cathedral, Mushin, before the internment.