In loving memory of a great and accomplished life, the Arukwe family announces the passing on of their husband, father, brother, uncle and brother-in-law. Vincent is survived by:
Wife - Adamazi Queen Arukwe
Children - Robert Arukwe (son), David Arukwe (son), Kristine Arukwe (daughter), Jeremy Arukwe (son)
Brothers - Ben Arukwe and Matthew Arukwe
Sisters - Catherine Okoronkwo and Margaret Okoro
Brother-In-Laws - Bassey Onwuchekwa, Wilson Onwnchekwa, Onwuchekwa Onwuchekwa, Nwabueze Onwuchekwa
Sister-in-Laws - Amaka Arukwe and Etih Arukwe
And many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins, Nephews and Nieces.
Join Our Family on December 10, 2011 for the Service and Tribute
Church Service 1-3pm at CrossRoads Fellowship
2721 East Millbrook Road - Raleigh NC 27604
His life tribute continues immediately with a reception to follow at church.
Matthew Arukwe 919.760.5347
Amaka Arukwe 919.376.6216
Ezuma Igwe 919.618.1208 at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emeka Igwe 919.855.9506
Dennis Igboko 919.630.1581 at email@example.com
Please send your condolences to Queen Arukwe at address above and flowers to funeral home.
VINCENT AARON ARUKWE
RALEIGH, NC:Vincent Aaron Arukwe was born to the late Mazi James Arukwe and Adamazi Jane Arukwe on August 2, 1952 in Nzerem, Abia State, Nigeria. He grew to adulthood in his ancestral home of Amuvi, Arochukwu, Abia State, Nigeria. Vincent died suddenly and unexpectedly after enjoying a loving and happy Thanksgiving Day with his family on November 24, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Vincent was baptized at a young age in Nigeria and continued to put God at the forefront of his life as he grew into manhood. He attended elementary school in Nigeria and completed High School at College of Immaculate Conception in Enugu Nigeria in 1973. In June 1975 he completed a Diploma in Accounting from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria.
Vincent came to the United States in 1978 in pursuit of education and opportunity. He found both at Morgan State University in Baltimore Maryland where he received his BSC in Accounting in 1980, and MBA with concentrations in Economics and Marketing in1981.
In 1981 Vincent moved to Raleigh and began his professional career with IBM. He rose to the rank of senior financial analyst at IBM while simultaneously pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors: initially a dry cleaning business – Aaron Cleaners. Vincent's entrepreneurial spirit led him to also establish the foundation of his businesses, Aaron and Associates Realty. As his businesses became increasingly successful, Vincent made the decision to leave IBM in 1995 to make a full time commitment to his enterprises. Since his departure from IBM, over the years he grew and consolidated his companies into 4 core businesses: American Mortgage Home, Inc., Aaron Realty Inc., Ameri-Estates LLC., and Aaron Motors LLC.
As a licensed real estate broker and licensed mortgage broker, Vincent provided numerous members of Raleigh's African community and community at large with guidance that enabled them to move into their first home. His reputation for integrity as a mortgage lender and realtor was unparalleled. Vincent was known to sometimes counsel prospective clients against purchasing a new home until they were financially solvent – an uncommon practice that sometimes cost him business. But because he was a man of God as well as a business man, Vincent followed his conscience and counseled prospective clients on how to attain financial health prior to investing in a home. These clients gained his unwavering respect and appreciation when, after following his financial guidance, they returned prepared to take on the challenge of home ownership. He was renowned in Raleigh for his wisdom, honesty and integrity in business practices, earning him the reputation of "Realtor of Distinction".
He maintained certifications and trainings with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and licenses from the State of North Carolina Office of Commissioner of Banks as a loan officer, mortgage lender, and table funding mortgage banker/broker. In keeping with his commitment to honesty in business practices, Vincent chose to enroll in and complete Lending Integrity Training in November 2011.
Vincent's dedication to his spiritual life has been consistent. Even as a young man in Nigeria he was a founding member/pioneer of the Scripture Union in Nzerem, a youth group that was active in spreading God's word in his community. He carried his devotion to serving the Lord through membership by joining Creedmoor Road Baptist Church during his early years in Raleigh, where he was an active member and volunteer. For the past 15 years, he has been a faithful member of Crossroads Fellowship in Raleigh.
Vincent has been a solid member of the Nigerian community in Raleigh and the US Nigerian community at large, serving as former President of RTP All ARO USA (a local Nigerian Association) and member of the Amuzi Community Meeting in the US, the national group of Nigerians from Amuvi Arochukwu Township.
Vincent's greatest happiness was derived from being a dedicated family man and father. He took joy in encouraging his children and watching them excel. Vincent was the father of 4: Robert, 21, a student at East Carolina University, and David, 11, Kristine, 9, and Jeremy, 7 years who are all students at Lynn Road Elementary School in Raleigh.
Vincent was Number One coach, Number One cheerleader, and Number One fan to each of his children and took great pleasure and derived pure joy in supporting each of them in their endeavors. He accompanied the children rain or shine to travel soccer matches and as well as swim classes. Vincent took the younger children to school where he was renowned for his warm smile and kind and thoughtful demeanor, and a favorite of the teachers and principal.
Vincent was a dedicated family man, who loved his wife deeply and endlessly and loved and cherished his children. He was a humble man, who quietly lived an honorable life with his characteristic warm and dignified demeanor. He put family first and was committed to his brothers, sisters and their families.
Left to morn him along with his wife and children are his loving brothers and their families, Matthew Arukwe (Amaka), Ben Arukwe (Etih), sisters Catherine Okoronkwo, Margaret Okoro, (Lawrence), brother-in-laws Bassey, Wilson, Onwuchekwa and Nwabueze Onwuchekwa and their families, and a host of Uncles, Aunts, cousins, nephews, and nieces. He will also be deeply missed by his dear friends Michael Okoli, Bishop Ephraim Udofia and Tony Eshun.