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Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica and Family, as you know so well, Stephen was a kind and gentle man who always placed the needs of others ahead of his own. Stephen was a craftsman as a scholar, nurturing graduate students and contributing to the intellectual life of Queen's in so many different ways. He will be missed as much as he was cherished by all who met him and knew him. Rob Beamish, Sociology

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

I was deeply saddened to learn of Stephen's passing. I would like to express my sincere sympathies to the Gyimah family. Stephen was an excellent academic, a wonderful professor, and a remarkable man. He will be greatly missed by both his students and colleagues. My thoughts and prayers are with the Gyimah family. Best, Cassandra Kuyvenhoven

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica, I am so very sad and sorry to hear of your loss. Stephen was a wonderful colleague, and I know he was a wonderful husband and father to you. Please accept warm thoughts at this very difficult time, Audrey Kobayashi

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

My deepest sympathies for the loss of our most respected colleague. Abigail Bakan, Head, Department of Gender Studies, Queen's University

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

I would like to extend my condolences to Dr. Gyimahs family, friends and students. It was my privilege to have had an opportunity to learn from Dr. Gyimah. He will be truly missed in the Sociology department. Alicia Horton

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

I am so saddened to hear of Stephen's death. My thought are with you Monica and also with your family. I always saw Stephen as instrumental to the African presence at Queen's and the many wonderful graduate students who he attracted to the institution. His passing is a tremendous loss to all of us. May our collective thoughts and good wishes give you strength and peace in the coming days and weeks. Beverley Mullings

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

To Monica and children, heartfelt condolences to you all from myself, Zenny, Fravic and Carmina. I fondly remember those days when Steve was my student and was becoming a budding scholar while working with colleagues in our department. May he rest in peace. We hope all of you will bravely carry on with the life Steve has passed on to you. Rajulton, Zenny, Fravic and Carmina.

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica & children and family, It is with deep sadness that we learned the passing away of your beloved husband and father. Our hearts go out to you and our prayers are with you. As an African, I shared with Dr. Gyimah how much proud it is to have African Faculty members at Queens who can inspire our children to further education. It is a huge lost for our community, our hearts are broken and sadden and we share your deep sorrow. Our prayers from Psalm 61:5 Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from you. With our thoughts and prayers Mimi and the Kashira family

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

My condolences to Steve's family. He was a warm and gentle soul, which for an outanding scholar is a rarity. Elia Zureik

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica and family, sorry to hear of the loss of your dear husband Stephen. In this time of great sorrow and sadness, I lift you and your family up in prayer and ask God to comfort you and give you strength to carry on.If I can assist in anyway, please let me know. Paulette Guelph

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica and family. What terribly sad news this is. Stephen was such a kind and gentle soul, ready to help out and lend support whenever requested. He also had a great wit and loved a good laugh. But underneath it all was a penetrating mind and a commitment to understanding and addressing injustice and inequity. He will be sadly missed on all these fronts, and we will particularly miss his involvement in our department over the past many years. David McDonald, Global Development Studies, Queen's University.

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

I will remember Stephen as an inspiring teacher, meticulous scholar, and generous colleague. His life was cut tragically short but his spirit will live on in all of us. We are all better people for having known him. Vinny Mosco

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Monica, please know that you have our deepest sympathy on the untimely loss of Steve. I know that there is little I can say to console you but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this tragic time. Liz & Don Williams

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

It is a great loss to us all that such an assuming man and productive scholar is no longer with us. My condolences to Stephen's family. Dr Frank Pearce, Professor of Sociology

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica and children I wish you the very best at this dark time. Stephen was a friend and collegue who will be missed. Jerry White Western University

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Monica, Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Gamila&Hassan

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Monica Dear, We know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. Not really. You can not hold them anymore than you can hold moonlight. But if they have touched you, if they are inside you, then they are still yours. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Grief creates exhaustion. I hope you and your family will remember to find the energy to feed your souls and remain strong for each other. Sizi Bebe & Family

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Mrs Gyimah, May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead. May the comfort of God help you during this difficult time. Although no words can really help to ease the loss of your lovely husband , just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. sincerely, Bright Abrokwah and family

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

My tears cannot simply stop coming but I just remembered that it is not only time to cry for the loss of a great man but to celebrate his greatness. Prof Gyimah may the angels and saints meet you on your way to the heavenly kingdom. Rest in peace Prof Gyimah. Damirifa Due, Due ne amane hunu. St Steve Takyi Appiah

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Dear Monica and family , Bob and I are so sorry to hear of Stephens death. If there is any way we can help you or your family please don't hesitate to call. Paula and Bob Haynes

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

We were extremely saddened to hear about Stephens death. He will be remembered for his many wonderful qualities, including, his kindness, his generosity, and his great sense of humour. Carl Keane and Glenna Marsh

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Devastating news, a horribly premature death. A huge loss to Monica and his children, but also to all the graduate students who had the benefit of his wisdom and compassion and to his colleagues. Stephen, you will be missed and mourned by all of us. Laureen

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Our dear sister Monica and family, like everyone else, we have no words to express the shock at the news of Prof. Gyimah's death. We can not even begin to imagine what you are going through. We leave it all in God's hands as we hold you and your family up in our prayer. Charles and Sipho.

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

My deepest sympathies to the Gyimah family and to all of his students. It was a privilege to have learned from Stephen, a warm man and a truly gifted researcher and teacher. Scott Lougheed

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Such a tragic loss. Stephen was so kind and supportive. My condolences to his family. Andrew Stevens

 

Posted: May 14, 2012

Prof. Gyimah, may your young and gentle soul RIP till we meet at Jesus' feet. Aiden Y. Danyi UoD, CEPMLP Scotland, UK.

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

We are deeply saddened by Steve's passing, and our prayers are with him and the whole family. We are thankful to have known and shared some of Steve's many wonderful qualities. We pray for all to be well with Steve's beloved family. Rest peacefully brother. Carl Lokko and family from London, Ontario.

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Auntie Monica, Stephen was a brilliant thinker. He was a genial colleague with a dynamic personality, tempered always by warmth and an unending human kindness. Whoever came to him was greeted with a cordial and reassuring smile. No amount of words can describe my heartfelt sorrow and sympathies, but please know that I am with you and the children in this extraordinarily difficult time.  Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong, Western University

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Dear Monica and family, we are saddened to hear of the passing of Steve. He was great man to know, humble and kind. We pray that God comforts you now and always. May you find strength from God to go on and may know his peace that passes all knowledge. Walter Omariba & family

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Rest in peace, admired professor. Rebecca Scott

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

My deepest condolences for Stephen's family. A wonderful, kind, brilliant man. He always had the time to help and an encouraging word to go with it. He will be sorely missed. Owen Gallupe

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

I treasured our time at Western. You were a truly spectacular individual. My condolences to your family my friend. Rest in peace.

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Dear Monica and children, I am truly saddened by Stephen's death. Stephen was more than just a friend. He was always so kind and considerate to me. We studied at Western together. Stephen's memory will always remain deep within my heart. My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy, Srimanta mohanty, old friend, UWO

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Monica, we'll not cease to bear you up in prayer. You can count on our support at any given moment. In the midst of sorrow the consolation we all share with you is that Steve led a great life and is now in the perfect resting place - Jesus. Death can never win. Rodney and Edwoba

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Words cannot express our shock and sadness at your sudden homecalling. May you find rest in the arms of our Lord and savior till we meet again. Monica, we pray that somehow you will find strength at this difficult time. May the Lord provide all your needs and may He comfort you and your children and the entire family. Maxwell and Ophelia Ofosuhene

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Dear Monica, I was so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Draha

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Dear Monica, I am deeply saddened to learn this news. Stephen and I were graduate students at Western. He was one of the nicest and most supportive people I know. I know exactly what you are going through right now, and my heart goes out to you and your children. I can't be there tomorrow, but I will reach out to you in the near future. David Walters

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Those of us on the fifth floor will miss many things about Stephen not least among them, his gentle spirit and constant good cheer. Vince Sacco

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Very shocked and saddened by this sudden loss. I'll always remember Stephen for his kind and supportive nature and fantastic sense of humour. My thoughts are with the Gyimah family. Dave McLean

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

My deepest sympathies to Dr Gyimah's family. I was privileged to be one of his students this year. He will be greatly missed. Jeff Monaghan

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Monica and Family, you have our deepest sympathy. Those we have loved will live on in our hearts and memories forever. If there is anything we can do Monica just ask, we are there for you and the children. Carol & Mike Hewitt

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

We are deeply saddened by such a great loss. A gentle soul and brilliant professor in his prime has been taken away from us. Our deepest condolences and sympathies to the family. Monica, may you be comforted by our God who gives and takes. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.Isaac and Dorcas

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

My sincere condolences. I shared an office with Steve for a year in grad school at Western. We have lost touch over the years, but he was such a warm, funny and genuine person that I never forgot him. I always think of Steve fondly. This news comes as such a shock...words simply do not convey any of this. You and your family are in my thoughts. I had always hoped to run into Steve again some day...now I guess that will have to wait...nothing is truly final. Rest in peace my old friend. Darcy Hango and family.

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Our hearts are weary and our bodies shiver to know that death can take one of our very own from the London, Ontario African students community just when the labour of hard work in school was paying off and families are relishing quality time celebrating all that life offers. Steve (a.k.a OB) was incredibly smart and good natured. OB cared to see others do well and drew on his resources to help whenever the need be. He made sure everyone who came around him felt comfortable and his million dollar smile was a gift to all. As a friend from Univ. of Legon in Ghana and in Canada, OB has been a fine scholar who knew the value of intellectual excellence, not only that, but also of keeping fit and strong muscles! The memories of those many good old times will never be forgotten. He came, he shared his gifts and talents, he made life a better place for his family and for many far and wide. Monica and the family, be encouraged for he who God loves he takes away to be with him. God sees your pain, God keep you and the family feeling loved. May he restore you. We are praying with you, for it is well. Frank & Cynthia Arku.

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Our deepest sympathies to Steve's family. Steve's death is a great loss to African studies at Queen's and the community of Africanist in Canada. Mary Caesear (Dept of History, Queen's and Southern African Research Centre) and Fadzai

 

Posted: May 15, 2012

Dear Monica and Family, my heartfelt condolences to you all. Stephen was a kind, wonderful man and a brilliant academic. His smile lit up the halls of Mac-Corry. He will be missed by many, may he rest in peace. Melissa Houghtaling.

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

My sincere condolences to Stephen's family, close friends and colleagues. May you find peace in knowing that Stephen was a kind, patient and understanding individual and teacher. He will be remembered fondly. Tamar Swartz

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

I knew Steve from his days at the University of Western Ontario. I have not seen him in over 10 years yet my memories of him remain vivid. I share in your sadness. Ibrahim

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

On behalf of the General Research Ethics Board,I wish to offer our condolences to the Gyimah family. We will miss his warm smile and sage advice. Joan Stevenson

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

My sincerest condolences to the Gyimah family. I had the pleasure of being in Dr. Gyimah's class this year, and I will never forget his warm smile, his humour, and his caring nature that made me want to go to class everyday. He is truly an inspiration and I will always remember him as that. Best wishes to his family during this difficult time. -Samantha

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

Dear Monica, It is with shock and deep sadness to hear about Stephen. My thoughts are with you and your family during this time. I fondly remember the many conversations over coffee I had with Stephen during our graduate studies at Western. He was so happy when you came there for the first time and for me to meet you. Unfortunately, we lost touch over the years but I have never forgotten his gentle soul. David Kipka and family.

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

Dear Monica and family, our sincere condolences for your tragic loss. Our prayers and thoughs are with you all. Isaac Luginaah and family, London, Ontario.

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

Dear Monica, I am in the Philippines,so I cannot come to the Philippines. The news of Stephen's death has come as a terrible shock.Stephen and I started at Queen's together and for many years taught a class in each others courses. He was a generous and gifted man, and as a hard-core anthropologist, so i have only qualitative training, I was always delighted with the enthusiasm that he brought to his field. My students' eyes were always opened when he taught, and I was always moved to wish I could take his course. He was always warm and thoughtful, and a loving family man. He would glow with pride when I asked about you, Monica, and your children. Yours in deep sympathy and grief Villia Jefremovas

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

My deepest condolences to the Gyimah family. You are in my prayers at this difficult time. Rest peacefully OB. Margaret (Amissah) Pappoe.

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

Dear Monica, I am so sorry to hear of your husband's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your children. Heather

 

Posted: May 16, 2012

My deepest condolences to the Gyimah family. Prof. Gyimah was a kind and inspiring professor, he will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace. - Krissy Sukhraj

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

My deepest sympathy. I had the pleasure of working with Stephen during his time on the General Research Ethics Board. He was a thoughtful and generous colleague who will be greatly missed. Leandre Fabrigar

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

Dear Monica and family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Teresa Abada, Western University

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

Stephen and I worked together on the research ethics board at Queen's. He was always thoughtful and meticulous, but more memorably he always had a warm smile and ready laugh. My thoughts are with his family. Nick Graham, Queen's University

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

Such a vibrant scholar, father and friend. Stephen will be sorely missed in the Canadian Population Society. Rod Beaujot, Western University

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

My deepest condolences to the Gyimah family. I am honoured and privileged to have had professor Gyimah not just as an educator but as an inspiration as well. I can still hear his voice when I look back and remember his seminar classes through glancing over my old notes. His kind heart, big smile, and happy demeanour will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace professor Gyimah, you will never be forgotten by your friends, family, and students. - Angelo Mikhail HofileƱa

 

Posted: May 17, 2012

It was always heart-warming to see Steve in the annual gathering of demographers. He will be missed. My sympathies to the Gyimah family. Zenaida Ravanera, Western.

 

Posted: May 18, 2012

I love you, dad!

 

Posted: May 19, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to the Obeng's family;we had the chance of been with Obeng in school in 1986.May his soul rest in peace.J&Y

 

Posted: May 21, 2012

I don't know Dr. Gyimah personally, but I have read and used most of his publications in my work. He appeared to be hardworking and gifted intellectually. Bless you Dr. Gyimah and I know the Lord Jesus has prepared a restful place for you. The next generation of health researchers stand on your shoulders. Thank you. Edna Naakorkor Aryee

 

Posted: May 22, 2012

My condolences to the family of Dr. Gyimah. Stephen supervised my undergraduate thesis this year, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a genuinine professor, and person. Having lost my father unexpectedly 2 years ago, I understand the pain you are in. Please know that you will find comfort in the memories you have. My thoughts are with you - Cassandra Van Tol

 

Posted: May 23, 2012

I want to thank everyone for all your love and support. My children and I are still in shock. Stephen will forever be missed by us. The road ahead will be difficult. Your prayers are greatly appreciated. Thank you. Monica and children

 

Posted: May 24, 2012

Monica: My condolence to you your family. This news was received in shock and with much sadness. Words cannot express how I feel about this news. But God knows best. Our infantile minds cannot understand why Steve was taken at such an early age; but we take consolation in our faith. I pray for you and the children daily for God's strength and peace. We might not have never met, but, i have heard a lot about your family from Lydia. God will continue to strengthen you and the children. Bea Quist

 

Posted: May 24, 2012

Monica: Our God will continue to strengthen and keep you. The pain will be there for a moment, but he will wipe away your tears and heal every wound. We continue to pray for you daily. Love - Beatrice & Family - NJ, USA

 

Posted: May 25, 2012

I'm so sorry to learn of Professor Gyimah's untimely passing. I will remember him as a kind and gifted teacher. My sincere condolences to his family - Martin French, Queen's University.

 

Posted: May 27, 2012

I have not only lost a friend but a father, brother, mentor and a colleague. I was shocked to hear of my brothers untimely death, but I know he is resting peacefully in the bosom of our lord. Brother, I promise that your intellectual vision and legacy, which some of us shared will be protected and jealously guarded. Eric Y Tenkorang.

 

Posted: May 28, 2012

We are saddened by the sudden death of our dear friend and school mate (Department of Geography-University of Ghana). We extend our deepest condolences to Monica, the children and the entire Gyimah family. Stephen, may the good Lord keep you till we meet again. We will miss you. Samuel and Angela Adu-Prah. Southern Illinois University.USA

 

Posted: May 29, 2012

I heard of Stephens death just yesterday from Maame. I could not believe it so this morning I decided to Google Stephens name and to my utmost shock I have found it to be true. I know what you have missed. Please accept my condolence. Stephen, rest in peace. Emmanuel A. Cobbiang (a.k.a. Prof.)

 

Posted: May 30, 2012

Such a kind man whose smile and warmth left a lasting impression on all of those who were fortunate enough to meet him. My heartfelt condolences to Stephen's family and friends. Kelli Phythian.

 

Posted: June 15, 2012

Hi Prof, Thank you for loving me ever since i had the opportunity to know you through my sister Monica.You took me as a brother. Thank you for your love for me, the trust you had in me and all the kindness you showed to me. You will forever remain in my heart till the very day we meet again. I love. AgyaSei, Sunyani

 

Posted: June 19, 2012

Mormor I wish this had not happened. But God knows it all. Philomena Osei Tutu (OLA)

 

Posted: June 20, 2012

Monica, accept our condolences for the passing of your beloved husband Prof. Gyimah. May God grant him perfect peace. From Ansu and St. James Prep. School classmates, DROBO-B/A

 

Posted: June 25, 2012

Dear Monica and your family: We are both so saddened by the loss of Stephan. He was a superb colleague and a good friend. He will always be remembered for his kindness, smile, and above all else his generosity of spirit. He was an outstanding scholar and teacher, but he always put his family first. He truly was an exceptional man, and those who knew him were and are the better for it. Our hearts go out to you. Cathie Krull and Brian McKercher

 

Posted: June 8, 2012

Rest in peace Stephen. Its sad when we lose one of our own in the Diaspora as well as in the academy. Have my sympathy Monica. - Alberta O. Akrong - University of Toronto

 

Posted: June 9, 2012

Only now learning of your passing. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace, we all looked forward to seeing you again at PAA this year but God definitely needed you more! We vow to honor the work you so greatly loved till we meet again! Adieu my beloved friend! Winfred Avogo

 

Posted: July 30, 2012

You will be deeply missed Stephen. It was really a lovely thing to have been in your class (I enjoyed every single lecture and assignment of it!) and to have talks with you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge, smile, and spirit with us. May you rest in peace. And my best wishes to your beloved family. Chen from Shanghai, China.

 

Posted: August 2, 2012

OB, may your soul rest in peace. Ogya

 

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