Major Botchway
Major Botchway

The late Major Richard Nii Osai Botchway (Rtd), who passed on to glory peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Friday October 28, will be buried at Osu Cemetery, following a Burial Service on December, 16.

Major Botchway
Major Botchway
Major Botchway was born on Monday January 1, 1940 at Akuntanse in the Western Region to Mr Robert Quarcoo Botchway, a Railway Station Master and Madam Emelia Lankai Lamptey both of blessed memory. He was the fourth of 13 children.

R.O as he was affectionately called had his primary education at the Akwei Memorial School and thence to Wesley Grammar High School where he successfully completed his West African School Certificate in 1960.

In furtherance of his childhood ambition of serving in the military, RO enlisted in the Ghana Army and attended the Ghana Military Academy from 1961 to 1962.

From 1963 to 1970, he attended a number of courses offered by the military; Platoon Commanders Course, Fire Officers Course, Company Commanders Course, Non-Public Accounts Course and Junior Defence College.

Major Botchway also attended the Ghana Institute of Management & Public Administration where he graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration in 1981.

From 1982 to 1983, he enrolled at the Senior Staff College and graduated PSC.

He served the Army and people of Ghana with 22 years of loyal service holding a number of positions and command responsibilities. He was Platoon Commander, 5th Battalion of Infantry (1962); Instructor, Armed Forces Training Centre (1963-1965); Staff Captain ‘Q’ HQ 1 Infantry Brigade Group (1965-1967); Company Commander, 6th Battalion of Infantry (1967); Adjutant, 3rd Battalion of Infantry (1969); Company Commander, 3rd Battalion of Infantry (1970-1973) and Personnel Staff Officer, Army Hq (1973).

Major Botchway was Staff Officer Grade II Int. Army Hq (1974); Secretary, Immigrant Quota Committee(1975-1977); Staff Officer Grade II OPS & Plans (1978-80); Chief Tactical Officer, School of Infantry MATS and Chief Instructor, School of Infantry MATS(1981-1982).

In 1979, he served with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon on Peacekeeping Mission. His final position was General Staff Officer Grade I Hq. Support Service Brigade in 1983.

A highlight of RO’s career was his appointment as ADC (Aide-de-Camp) to the then Head of State Lt General Joseph Ankrah; Chairman of the National Liberation Council & Head of National Defence Council from 1967 to 1969. After retirement, RO held positions with the Retired Commissioned Officers Association.

The administrative acumen and wealth of managerial experience of RO was most sought for by many companies when he honorably retired from the Army.

From 1985 to 2003, he was Head of Administration for Textile Trico Manufacturing Co. Ltd/Nsawam Foam Company Ltd, Domod Company Ltd, Household Aluminum Factory, Nsawam Cannery Prod. Ltd and La Bakery & Pastry Co. Ltd.

Major Botctway was a staunch Anglican who was confirmed at St George’s Garrison Anglican Church. He openly professed his faith and teachings of the Church; playing an active and dedicated role in the Mens’ Fellowship.

In 1970, he met and married his sweetheart Mrs Agnes Odookai Botchway (née Odoi) and the marriage was blessed with a daughter, Gifty-Joy Naa Otsua Botchway (Abban). They were subsequently blessed with three wonderful grandchildren; Samara, Stephanie and Sean.

He was a caring husband, a responsible father and a loving grandfather.

RO was friendly and often shared humorous stories of his military career. He was a music lover who played the bass guitar and kept a large library of records.

His warm personality made him the peoples’ man. He was generous and shared the little he had. He was active in sports and played Soccer and Lawn Tennis for a very long time.

He was survived by his wife, daughter, beloved son-in-law and three grandchildren.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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