In Memory of


Joseph Ozobia

We are sorry to announce that Joseph Ozobia, former Assistant Maintenance Manager at Queen Mary’s Mile End campus, passed away in January.

Joseph started at Queen Mary on 1 July 1994 as an electrician at Charterhouse Square.

He continued to be within the sphere of Infrastructure & Maintenance, transferring to Whitechapel as a Maintenance Supervisor in 1999 and since held various recognised roles across Infrastructure & Maintenance.  During his time, he achieved a series of awards and certifications which helped to support him in his role as Assistant Maintenance Manager.

He was a much-recognised presence at the Mile End Campus and his dedication and commitment helped to support and ensure the effective running of the Academic maintenance operations across the site. 

His hard work coupled with his cheerful and outgoing personality made him a much-loved and respected colleague.

Sarah Nightingale, EAF operations administrator, who worked with Joseph for over 12 years remembers him fondly:

“I worked with Joseph for many years; many of those years were working very closely with him, as I was the only admin within Maintenance. Joe was always such a hard worker and would help everybody out, Joe seemed to know everyone on campus and everyone knew Joe.   Always smiling, laughing and running around everywhere!  I can remember when Joe would come up to see me in E223 all the time for a little chat and a moan.

A couple of years back Joe gave me a beaded wooden bracelet with a little cross on that he brought back from his country , I still have that bracelet and will cherish that as he said that it would protect me. I have so many fond memories of Joe that it would be too much to write down. 

He was taken too soon from his family and friends and my thoughts and love go out to his family.”

Joseph left Queen Mary in August 2020 after taking voluntary severance.

Our condolences go to his family and friends.

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Ian McManus

Joseph was a well respected and hard working colleague who was always willing to provide any help and support. I was very saddened to hear of your premature loss. He was a lovely person as well as a trusted colleague. Ian …

Kaoutar Fadli

I am so sorry granddad that I didn’t get to say goodbye to you or visit you in the hospital ,thank you for your support over the years, you were my rock,and You were always my granddad never had, you always brightened my day by calling me tomboy what is your problem !!!!!! Rest in Peace. Deepest condolences to the Ozobia family. …


Joseph, you will be sorely missed. Thank you for always being so kind. Rest in peace x …

Siobhan Kavanagh

Rest in peace Joe. You were always such a happy soul and managed to put a smile on my face when I saw you. P. S. You never did manage to get my pink fluffy chair to get me to move back to EAF. I guess I will have to stay in HSD now. Shiv ❤️ …

Yuk Ping Chang

Rest in peace Joseph. …

Panny Martin

Rest in Peace Joseph Love Panny ❤️ …

Tracy Elsom

You will always be in memory and will never be forgotten, Rest in Heavenly Peace and keep smiling up there!! 🙂 …

Joseph Hanson-Quaye

So sad to hear that Joseph has passed. Always good for a chat about life and all things football – I could never understand his support for Newcastle- and leaves lots of fond memories. Rest in Peace. …

Rahinara Begum

Dearest Jo You were a wonderful soul who I looked up to like a father figure and your Love and support over the years I will cherish forever. There are not enough words for me to share my emotions but you will never be forgotten. May God bless your soul and Rest in peace Jo and deepest condolences to your family 🙏 …


Joseph you always came into the library with a smile and keys jangling. Always said hello to us at the welcome desk and had time for a quick chat before trying to figure out what needed fixing. Rest in Peace. Deepest condolences to the Ozobia family. …