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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Kim Chang

Joseph was always optimistic and cheerful. I have worked with Joseph for 12 years and he has always been helpful and friendly. We had some good laughs and times in the basement maintenance office. Joseph will be sorely missed by alot of people. Rest in peace ‘Dad’.  …


Naomi Kennedy

Dear Joseph,  When I first started in Maintenance, I came in unsure of it all but you encouraged me to use my voice (something I think you’d regret!) and do my best. It was truly an honour to work with you and have a friend like you. You were a support during the regular …


Alicia George

I was shocked and saddened to hear of the passing of Joseph. I will miss seeing him on campus, his jovial manner and smile. He was a lovely person that was always willing to go above and beyond for his colleagues. I will never forget the way he had my back and defended me …


Simon Jarvis

I was really brought up short by this incredibly sad news; I hadn’t realised that Joseph had taken advantage of the voluntary severance package last Summer, but with the pandemic affecting normal working life I was under the impression I’d seen him much more recently. I have worked at Queen Mary since 2008 and …


Jo Young

I am so very sad and shocked to hear of Joe’s passing. I first met Joe way back in 2013 when I was new to QM and he came to fix something in my office in the Maths Building. He was so bright, cheery and welcoming to me; he then noticed a picture of …


Sandra White

Dearest Joe Truly honoured to have worked with such a wonderful individual. The most genuine personality each day was like a ‘ray of sunshine’ when you entered the office. Some people give the gift of peace and tranquility to every life they touch. They are always who they really are. They are blessedly reliable, …

Sandra White

Edward Hoskins

I was deeply sadden to hear fo Joe’s passing.   He had an immense and engaging personality and a generous spirit.  He was always willing to help, assist or advise you. He did this with a smile on his face and it came from his heart.  He was a well of knowledge about the campus.  …


Natasha Chappell

Joseph, a true gentleman and cherished colleague. Meeting for the first time from our early days in Whitechapel, your smile was always like a sunbeam and your laugh infectious.  You were always there for a chat, laugh or a good old moan. I know that your absence will be hugely felt across the campus …


Angela Inwood

So very sad to hear of Joseph’s passing. He was such a fabulous person to have on the QM campus, always ready to say hello, or have a chat, he was the friendliest of people. This is a big loss for QM. Sending deepest sympathy to his family and friends. RIP Joseph. …


Bob Hunt

Joe was a top man with a great smile and friendly nature. Would always help you out when needed and a good friend of the Security Team A true Queen Mary legend. Rest in Peace  …

Bob Hunt

Anita Walton

I was shocked to hear of Joe’s passing. Such a loss of a beautiful person. Joe always has a smile on his face and loved to joke. He was always ready to help and no task was too much for him. He loved people, and if you spoke to him on the phone, it …


Vicki Trimble

Joseph was a force of nature; a whirlwind of activity, with an infectious laugh and smile he shared with everyone from the Principal to academics to the cleaners. I was lucky enough to work with him, even with a desk next to him so I could nag/remind him to drink enough water and have …


Sarah Gifford

I’m so sad to hear of Joe’s passing. Joe was always so helpful and cheery. Nothing was too much trouble, he’d always find a way to sort things out. I appreciated his patience – he didn’t mind at all me not knowing what power I needed and where two days before a big event …


Stephen Borthwick

Joseph, It was a pleasure working with you, both at Whitechapel and Mile End. You always had a smile on your face and I hope that continues now. All my love to your family and may you rest in peace. …



I’m heartbroken to hear of Jospeh’s passing. He was always a pleasure to work with and I could always rely on him to deliver when organising and delivering large events on campus. He always offered solutions to problems and made my job so much easier. If he ever saw me stressed, he’d find a …



Joe, you will be so dearly missed. I will never forget how warmly you greeted me to the Queen Mary family and how you always looked out for me and my team. You had the warmest smile and the warmest heart. Going to miss our gossip sessions greatly. I will always be proud to …


Elizabeth Crooks

I first met Joseph when I was managing the SU bar and he was in charge of our maintenance where something had gone wrong and he matched my stress with just solutions. Any time I called with an issue, he would arrive with “what’s broken now” and a cheeky smile and a nudge as …


Kevin Warne

I was so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was just a large personality at QMUL and was a huge help to the Department of Law and our staff on many occasions. Mile End campus won’t be the same place without him.  …


Norman Riley

I am so sad to learn of Joe’s passing. Many years ago Joe overheard me talking on campus and picked-up on my Geordie accent straight away. He told me that he lived in the region (South Shields) for years and from then on, every time we saw each other, he always greeted me with …

Norman Riley


Jo would always come into the office and all you would hear between him and his ‘daughters and granddaughters’ was a back and forth of ‘what’s your problem’    All I can say now is our problem is you’re not here anymore… sleep well Jo …


Shira Bernstein (Hoch)

Joseph was such a lovely person, he could never do enough for you, full of joy and had a great sense of humour. I have many fond memories of Joseph from my time at the Royal London. He always had nice things to say and made me laugh whenever I bumped into him. My …


Jez Clark

I didn’t know Joseph well, but I often saw him around the Mile End campus over the years and he was always very friendly. One of those people who radiated warmth. Condolences to his friends and family. …


Lorna Ireland

Joseph, I remember you welcoming me to the ‘family’ when I moved to Francis Bancroft. You were always so cheerful and had lots of jokes to share. Rest in Eternal Peace x Love Lorna …


Samantha Matthew

Dearest Joseph. The world is more sombre place without your joy and laughter. Until we meet again x To the Ozobia family, I am truly sorry for your loss. I would like to offer you my deepest and most sincere condolences and may the soul of Joseph rest in peace.  Much Love Sam Matthew   …


Victor Meheux

Joseph, Your friendship, warmth and dedication will be forever missed. Rest in perfect peace. …


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