Obituary for Abeku Wilson
Abeku was born to Cheryl and Kofi Wilson on Wednesday, August 24, 1983 at 9pm at Cambridge Hospital. He was a healthy 8lb 21inch baby boy. Abeku was two weeks old when he had his first presentation of his ‘Naming Ceremony’ presented by Dr. Kwaku Ghartey of Ghana. Abeku was a very special baby, adolescent, preteen, teenager and young man. His mother remembers everywhere they went people would say “there’s something special about this kid”. This statement followed him throughout his life.
There have been many people who have influenced Abeku’s life. At the age of three months Abeku was home cared by the late Yvonne Skeets. At one he entered Family Day Care with Ms. Diane where at the age of three he met one of his best childhood buddies, Alby Koombs. The two grew up to be like ‘brothers.’ Abeku started 1st grade at Agape Christian Academy in Winchester where he accepted Christ at the age of five and was discipled by his mother and the Bethel AME Church Family.
Abeku developed many talents. At the age of seven his first interest was the Saxophone which he learned quickly under the tutelage of Mr. Fred Williams. He had the privilege of being mentored by many renowned Saxophonists i.e. Najee and Walter Beasley. Abeku had the honor of meeting Saxophonist Kenny Garrett at Sculler’s Jaz Dinner Club and the renowned Rayburn Music Store’s Sax Dr., Emilio. Between the ages of nine and thirteen Abeku was mentored in a City-Wide Program hosted by Berklee College of Music where he was a recipient of the ‘Mr. Holland Opus Award’. At that Event Abeku was awarded a Saxophone which he, as the only child, played with a 50-piece Orchestra.
In September of 1995 Abeku, at twelve entered into manhood through his ‘Rites of Passage Ceremony’ conducted by his mother and Reverend Ray Hammond, Pastor of Bethel AME.
At the age of fourteen Abeku was accepted into the New York Military Academy where he aspired to the Rank of an ‘S8’ Athletic Officer. In his Junior & Senior year Abeku was the Varsity Basketball Team Captain. In his Sophomore year, he met one of his military school buddies, a brother from another mother, Cav Bernadine. Abeku graduated in 2002 and was accepted into University of Miami where he Majored in Business and Minored in Sports Management. On his very first day of school during Orientation he met Reggie St. Halaire who became his best college friend and roommate. You never saw one without the other. Abeku began fitness training while attending University of Miami, and in May of 2006 graduated with a Bachelor in Business.
After college Abeku worked Retail while modelling for various agencies and appeared as a model on an episode of ‘Tough Love Miami’. After leaving Retail he went into Fitness which was his FIRST LOVE. Abeku was a Top Producing ‘Tier 3 Plus Senior Trainer’ for Equinox Fitness Club in Coral Gables, Florida where his clientele were prominent Business men and women with whom he established lifelong friendships. In 2014, he ranked 21 out of over 2000 Trainers; in 2015, he ranked 11 out of over 2000 Trainers, and in 2016 he was in the ‘Top 100’ out of over 2000 Trainers. For the past four years Abeku trained and competed in the Male Physique Competition winning 1st to 4th Place in several local events. He received multiple trophy’s and his goal was to achieve his Pro Card in a National Competition.
Abeku was known by everyone he met for his radiant smile, leadership ability, and compassion he demonstrated in his concern for others. He had a deep love for his dog Zeus, his wardrobe, different types of food and his mother.
A Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00pm Funeral Service Friday April 21, 2017 at 9:30am at Bethel AME Church 38 Walk Hill Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Interment: Oak Lawn Cemetery, Roslindale, MA
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Riley-Antoine Funeral Home.