The London Blitz have asked us to share with the community the too soon passing of one of their former players, Joseph Odoginyon, including details of the funeral, and how the Britball community can support Joseph’s family through their good wishes and direct support via GoFundMe.
The London Blitz lose a brother way before his time.
Joseph was a solid example of a young man trying to give his all in life. Working hard with the senior setup and also maintaining his assistance with the youth setup showcased what it meant to be part of the Blitz Family and a genuine young man.
Joseph played for both the London Blitz under 17s and under 19s before moving up to the London Blitz Elite Squad. Playing in Europe and in many Britbowl Finals with the Elite team Joseph excelled and had an opportunity to go to America and live his dream of playing American Football at college.
Joseph suffered some seizures prior to leaving for America in pursuit of a making a playing career at college. Whilst in America the seizures continued and over time grew worse and resulted in Joseph having a stroke.
Joseph came back to London from America where he was awaiting a Heart Transplant and went through extensive surgery to provide a pump which would assist his heart in the short term. As with any complex surgery comes complex risks and this was that Joseph had a Blood Clot, thus meaning emergency surgery was required. Joseph spent 7 hours in Emergency Surgery and afterwards he was in a critical state with internal bleeding. This led to Joseph losing his fight.
This is an extremely upsetting time for all friends, family and loved ones. Our thoughts and prayers are with all.
Joseph touched many hearts and made many more brothers through the Blitz Family and American football.
The London Blitz Family and Friends would like to offer our support to ensure he gets the send-off that he deserves.
Such a young talented and inspirational young man with his life ahead of him taken so early deserves the send-off which would mirror his way of life. Amazingly Kind full and full of Energy.
The Blitz have shared details of the services celebrating of Joseph’s life for those wishing to attend:
- Celebration of Life – Thursday 20 September 1800-2000
- Service & Internment – Friday 21 September 1100-1600
Both services take place at Homerton Baptist Church, Barnabas Road, London E9 5SD. The Internment will take place at City of London Cemetery, E12 5DQ