3 months ago today, my husband, lover, best friend and father to our 3 children passed unexpectedly. I will use some space here to gather my feelings and journal about lives before and after his passing. This will be the place where I can gather all my thoughts in one place. Right now my head is foggy and all over the place.
I’ll begin with his obituary that was put together by friends and family.
Rasheed Aimhanesi Yakubu, MD
October 17, 1975 – June 23, 2014
Rasheed A. Yakubu, M.D., 38, of Mooresville, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2014 in Rockingham.
He was an OB/GYN specialist with a particular interest in uro-gynecology and high-risk pregnancy, who joined FirstHealth Richmond Medical Group – Women’s Center in Rockingham. He previously had been associated with The Women’s Care Center, an OB/GYN practice in Huntersville for three years.
Born in Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu said it was never his intention to leave his native country but that fate apparently had other plans. Previously a biochemistry major at the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu changed his major to microbiology after joining his sister in the United States. He “fell in love” with caring for patients and their loved ones while volunteering in the clinic where she worked. Dr. Yakubu earned his B.S. degree from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he was on the Dean’s List of Scholars, and his M.D. from St. Georges University School of Medicine in St. Georges, Grenada, in 2004. A residency in obstetrics and gynecology took him to New York and the Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens.
Dr. Yakubu was board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and has been married for 14 years. A love story that began 18 years ago when sisters Elizabeth and Darlene brought them together on a blind date. Although it was not love at first sight, Rasheed’s persistence and nice shave would eventually win Rachelle’s heart. Together they thrived personally and professionally through undergrad years, graduate school, medical school, residency and lots of moving around. Throughout it all, Rasheed’s love for his family was evident in everything that he did. His love for Rachelle was a real-life fairy tale. Rasheed will be greatly missed by wife, Rachelle; son, Rakeem; daughters, Rehanna and Raina; mother, Caroline; father Ikhazs (deceased); sisters, Elizabeth, Darlene, Hope and Juliat; brother, Armstrong; a loving extended family of Moran, Sanon, Rodney and Yakubu; and a host of friends, colleagues, and loved ones.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 29 at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends on Saturday from 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, is serving the Yakubu family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com.