Dr Leonard Teye-Botchway Laid To Rest

September 17, 2019

Large crowds of people turned out to mourn the loss of Dr Leonard Teye-Botchway, an esteemed ophthalmologist and Honorary Consul of the Republic of Ghana to Bermuda.

A wide cross-section of the community attended his funeral, ranging from Bermuda’s Governor John Rankin and dignitaries representing the Republic of Ghana including the Honorable Mohammed Habibu Tijani MP, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, His Excellency Papa Owusu-Ankomah and Minister Head of Chancery, Matilda Alomatu Osei- Agyeman, to Dr Teye-Botchway’s patients, his friends and his healthcare colleagues.

A large contingent of Africans that live in Bermuda also attended, included representatives from Burkina Faso, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. They joined the Ghanaians in paying tribute to Dr Teye-Botchway, the first Honorary Consul to Bermuda for an African country. In an abundance of respect, this group observed the Ghanaian funeral tradition and wore the chosen family cloth.

The funeral service saw Dr Teye-Botchway’s family and friends shared their experiences, love, devotion and esteem for him, with his wife Ronita,  in a truly loving tribute, saying: “I am so grateful life led me to you.”

Dr Teye-Botchway’s mother, Grace Teye-Botchway, flew to Bermuda from her home in Ghana to attend the funeral. She said he was a “wonderful gift” to her life, while his siblings Margaret and Bernhard said that to call him “inspiring, encouraging, Christian, philanthropic, kind, caring, compassionate, thoughtful, selfless, loving and hardworking” was to list only a few of his attributes.

A joint tribute written by their three sons described a deeply devoted father who set a good example and paved the way to success for them.

“It will be an honour and a privilege for us to carry on the Teye- Botchway name with great esteem and humility,” they said.

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