A tribute to the late Ghana Air Force pilot, Air Commodore Parker

Until his sudden death on Sunday, 26th November 2023, the Air Force Pilot Air Cdre Parker was the Commander, Takoradi Air Force Base.

Present at the burial ceremony were a former Speaker of Parliament and his wife, the Commissioner-of-Police in the Western Region, traditional rulers, representatives of Tullow Oil, Old students of Accra Academy, and people from all walks of life.

Preaching the sermon, Colonel (Rev) JK Otoo (Rtd), former Director, Religious Affairs of the Ghana Armed Forces, and former Anglican Archbishop of Sekondi reminded the congregation of the Biblical quote, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.” (Isaiah 55:8) Trying therefore to understand why Air Commodore Parker died suddenly at age fifty-six is futile.


Born in 1967 at Prampram, Air Cdre attended Accra Academy from 1982-1989 for both his GCE Ordinary and Advance Levels.

In 2000, as a young Flt Lt (Captain) instructor in the Ghana Military Academy where I was the Commanding Officer, Parker and some instructors went with me and our cadets for Jungle Training at Achiase.

After his ab-initio pilot training in Ghana, he trained in the US, Holland and France as a Transport pilot. As a UN peacekeeper, Air Cdre Parker served in the DRC and Central African Republic.

Not surprisingly, that apt description of Air Cdre Parker flowed freely, and resonated in all the tributes.

You are from Ghana!

What is important is the positive legacy one leaves!

Air Cdre Parker lived the Latin motto PRO DEO ET PATRIA, which translates “FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!” May the soul of Air Commodore Godfried Sackey Parker Rest-In-Peace!Leadership, lead by example!

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