The Former Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF), the late Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie (Rtd), has been laid to rest at the new military cemetery after a burial and funeral church service held at the Garrison Methodist Presbyterian Church (GMPC) in Burma Camp, Accra on February 21, 2020.
In his sermon, Rev ESM Markwei noted that only God knows the future of mankind and therefore urged all to trust in God in all things; live a life fulfilling that was pleasing to God and love one another whiles alive.
The Ghana Armed Forces noted in their tribute that it was with lot of grief they present the tribute of their beloved Vice Admiral. They read that over a period spanning 44 years with the Colours, the late Vice Admiral wholeheartedly served the Ghana Navy, the Ghana Armed Forces and the nation to the best of his abilities and honourably bowed out into civil life on 16th January, 2016.
It was therefore with a sense of nostalgia and sorrow that the GAF salute him for his distinguished service. They wished him fair winds and following seas as he sailed into eternity.
His intake group from the Ghana Military Academy (GMA), intake 15 eulogised him as an easy going person who was very serious with his academic work and by dint of his hard work and being an astute Officer, he rose through the ranks and later on became the Chief of the Defence Staff of GAF.
The late Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie enrolled into the Ghana Military Academy Forces in 1972 as a member of the intake 15 to begin his Naval Career, after obtaining his General Certificate Examination (GCE), and advanced level certificate at Ghana secondary Technical School, in Takoradi. After his initial training at the academy, he proceeded to the Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth UK, for his Midshipman training, after which he was commissioned into the Ghana Navy in July 1974, as an Executive Officer, he later attended the international Sub- Lieutenant course at the same college, in Dartmouth UK, in 1976.
The late Vice Admiral Matthew Quashie’s illustrious military career and determination to succeed attended various courses to commensurate with his rank, both in Ghana and abroad.
Distinguished guests who graced the funeral service was the President of the Republic of Ghana, his Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo–Addo, former President Jerry John Rawlings, Minister of Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, Chief of the Defence Staff, Lt Gen OB Akwa, the Service Chiefs and other Senior Officers both serving and retired.