OBITUARY

Geoffrey Lamptey

August 9, 1976February 9, 2021
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We celebrate the life of Geoffrey Akwete Odarte Lamptey affectionately called Odarte, Geoff, Twinnie. Geoffrey was born on Monday, August 9, 1976 in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He was the first son and a twin. He was also the second born of the four children of Joseph Lantei Lamptey of Lante Djan We and Annie-Beryl Lamptey of Otumblohum, both of whom belong to the Ga clan in Accra.

In 1988, he gained admission into Ghana’s oldest secondary school, Mfantsipim School with his twin brother Godfrey. At Mfantsipim School, they were so inseparable that they were nicknamed “The Twinnies” and excelled in all their academic work. Geoffrey decided to pursue Civil Engineering with his twin brother at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1997 and graduated with First Class Honors in Civil Engineering just like his twin brother, Godfrey in 2001. They gained admission to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA where they pursued their Masters in Civil Engineering in 2002 and graduated with honors in 2004.

In 2004, they relocated to South Florida to pursue their dream and were employed by Precision Engineering after which they joined C3TS/Stantec, an engineering firm in 2005. In 2014, they opened GOAL Associates, a Civil Engineering Firm with Geoffrey as the President. Geoffrey had such imaginative mind always coming up with highly innovative engineering solutions to address complex engineering challenges. He was the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Award for his innovative designs on the SR 826/SR 836 Interchange Reconstruction in South Florida.

It was between 2000-2001, while Geoffrey was heading on to his final year in the University, that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Marteki Markwei, who happened to be in her 2nd year in the Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. The young couple got engaged on May 12, 2005 and wedded on August 12, 2006. On December 25, 2008, Geoffrey and Marilyn welcomed their first child, a boy they named William, then Ethan came along on August 23, 2011 followed by Lilian on August 25, 2017.

Geoffrey was a devoted family man who tried to listen to and solve everybody’s problem(s). He imparted to his children discipline, love and respect for all people and a desire for knowledge. His love for his wife was unique. Marilyn was his best friend, his partner for life and his “Sweet” as he affectionately called her. Geoffrey is survived by his wife Marilyn, his two sons and a daughter, his twin brother, sisters and parents.

Geoffrey, Odarte, yaa wɔ jogbaŋŋ, till we meet again.

Services

27 February

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

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27 February

Funeral Service

11:30 am

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

LIVESTREAM SERVICE
27 February

Committal Service

1:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

27 February

Reception

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Forest Lawn Funeral Home South

2401 Southwest 64th Avenue
Davie, Florida 33317

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Fui Dawson

February 27, 2021

Geoffrey, this loss is very difficult for us. It’s like a bad dream that doesn’t go away. It was an honor to have known you and I will forever remember our days in Kwabotwe. We became quite close during the after “A” times, though we’ve lost touch in recent years. I pray for your family and to Godfrey, Joycelyn and Rebecca, your Dad and Mum, I pray that God gives you strength in this difficult times. Rest well my brother, till we meet again!!

Kirk Hobson-Garcia

February 27, 2021

Marilyn,

We are so very sorry for your devastating loss.

We will continue to keep you and your children in our thoughts and prayers. We pray for your comfort and peace.

Love, Kirk, Anna and Kaleb

Maj Alam

February 27, 2021

I am very shocked about Geoffrey's news. He and Godfrey both helped me when I was opening my company. Both brothers are great and amazing people. I cannot picture one brother without another. I know it will be very hard for Godfrey to cope this situation. But, we are here to help. Rest in peace, Geoffrey.


Maj Alam

Chila Dupre

February 27, 2021

Dear Godfrey & Family,

Sometimes we can only stand beside one another and let the closeness say what words cannot.

Please know that our hearts are with you.

Our deepest condolences,
Chila & Odette

Akuteye Antonio

February 27, 2021

Geoffrey, I am still coming to terms with your passing but trusting that God knows best. We met in Kwabotwe form 1 in 1988. For the first 2 years we were a small tight knit group, comprising you, your twin brother Godfrey, William, Terror and I. You pushed me to be the very best I could be academically during that time. I remember visiting you at home during holidays and was even more impressed with your wheelies on your bike, which proved you and Godfrey were not just nerds😀.
As time went on we developed our own separate close friendship groups but remained friends through our time in Kwabotwe and Tech. Following our graduation we lost touch till last year when we reconnected over WhatsApp and had a long chat, catching up on life and resolved to arrange to meet up sometime soon in the future.
It is a testament to your caring nature that you proactively reached out less than a year ago, to enquire what we could collectively do to support William when his mum passed. On Christmas day you sent a message on the WhatsApp group that we created. I never imagined that it would be the last time I would hear from you. I had taken it for granted that we were going to catch up in person sometime in the near future.
I never told you this, but you and Godfrey were an inspiration, for your discipline , kindness and all round brilliance.
Rest in perfect peace my friend. I will be praying for Godfrey, Marilyn the kids, your parents and sisters.

Marilyn Nettey

February 27, 2021

I knew Odarte and Odartei from Holy Trinity as our families went to church together in Accra. I remember them smartly suited, very nice and intelligent young people. Their parents Mr and Mrs Lamptey were ever so proud of them.
I’m so sorry and saddened by Odarte’s death, but trusting that at the resurrection his family will be united with him in Jesus Christ.
Marilyn, I’m so sorry for your loss and pray that the Lord will comfort you and the children and provide for you.
Odartei I’m so sorry for the loss of your brother and dear friend, and pray God’s special comfort for you and your family.
Keeping you all in prayer.
Love, Marilyn

Edwin Atitsogbui

February 27, 2021

I'm saddened by the death of a brother who will forever be an inspiration.
I have leaved with the Lamptey family when I was just a child and I must say Odarte is a wonderful person. You can't talk about him without talking about his twin. They are identical in many respect. Not just their physical appearance but also their inherent characteristics.
He took me as a younger brother and my growth was very key to them through the many advices and motivations he gave me. All he had to do is speak and I am inspired.
For me, I have lost a brother and a great mentor who was so close to me.
You will forever be an inspiration to me.
Your good deeds will never be forgotten.
Anyone who knows him can never speak ill of him.
You will forever remain in our hearts and the minds of those who knew you and loved you.
May our dear Lord God prepare a wonderful place in heaven for you.
May your soul rest perfect peace.
Amen

Kofi GYASI-TWUM

February 27, 2021


"....soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
sweet is the calm of paradise the blest.
Hallelujah, hallelujah!"

My memories go back to our days on the Kwabotwe hill where the "twins" were my seniors by a year. We shared the same floor but I had this "eureka" feeling whenever I felt I could tell the difference between them. Geoffrey and his brother lived very examplary lives as seniors. Once in a while one could count on some assistance with academic work especially in Addmaths and Physics.

Its my prayer that Geoffrey finds eternal rest.

James Anafi

February 27, 2021

I have known Geoffrey and his family since the early 1980s. His father and mine were close work colleagues and we enjoyed going on family beach trips together. After attending different high schools, it was great to join Geoffrey and his twin brother, Godfrey, in the same university civil engineering class from 1997 to 2001. Inspired by our fathers to follow in their civil engineering footsteps, we have shared a strong friendship over the years.
It is hard to accept that Geoffrey is gone so soon and so suddenly. Geoffrey’s academic prowess and brilliant achievements in civil engineering are well known, but even more remarkable are his humility and concern for others. God made such a good combination in him – so gifted and so generous. Even when I would be concerned about his safety due to hurricanes in Florida where he lived, he would be the one reaching out to check how I was doing. Always ready to help, what a valuable friend.
Heartfelt condolences to Geoffrey’s wife, Marilyn, their three lovely children, his parents and siblings. I pray for God’s strength and comfort for you in this time of anguish. May almighty God grant Geoffrey’s precious soul a peaceful rest in Him. Amen.
Delta

Mirabelle Moreaux

February 27, 2021

Odarte, we often sat around the dining table in the kitchen. Most visits would begin with school work and then we dreamt about the future. Our group dreams became bigger and bigger.

Odarte, a lot of those dreams have come true! We usually topped it all up with some banku, stew and fish :-) You were always patient teaching us and encouraging us. Those times in my life with you shaped my thoughtfulness, my drive and my determination.

Big brother, you inspired me immeasurably. I am grateful you were in my life. The tears may never stop or the pain may never ease. I believe you have opened your eyes and seen Jesus. Save a spot at the table for us your little sisters.

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Biography

We celebrate the life of Geoffrey Akwete Odarte Lamptey affectionately called Odarte, Geoff, Twinnie.

Geoffrey was born on Monday, 9th August, 1976 in the Greater Accra Region of Ghana. He was the first son and a twin. He was also the second born of the four children of Joseph Lantei Lamptey of Lante Djan We and Annie-Beryl Lamptey of Otumblohum, both of whom belong to the Ga clan in Accra.

Geoffrey spent his early childhood in Tamale, Takoradi and Accra with his parents and three siblings as his father (now a retired civil engineer) and his mother (now a retired nurse) were transferred to work in these regions of Ghana. Geoffrey started his education at the Naval Base Primary School and Young Christian Preparatory School both in Takoradi then to New Hope School and Ridge Church School in Accra. He then entered Ghana’s oldest secondary school, Mfantsipim School, in 1988 with his brother after they both passed the Common Entrance examination with Distinction.

At Mfantsipim School, Geoffrey and his twin brother, Godfrey, excelled in every aspect of their academic work. They were always at the top of their class. Geoffrey and his brother Godfrey were so inseparable that they were nicknamed “The Twinnies”. In 1993, Geoffrey sat for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Ordinary level, and the GCE Advanced level in 1995 and passed with flying colors. He was in the top three best students for the West African Examination Council Award while his twin brother, Godfrey, emerged the best student for that year.

Geoffrey was very passionate about mathematics and intended to follow in his father’s footsteps. He would always say ‘Mathematics is Life’. It was therefore not surprising when Geoffrey decided to pursue Civil Engineering with his twin brother at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in 1997. Once again, Geoffrey graduated with First Class Honors in Civil Engineering just like his twin brother, Godfrey in 2001.

The more some of their teachers tried to separate Geoffrey and Godfrey, the more the teachers became surprised at how close their twin-bond was. There was a time when one of their teachers wanted to find out if separating them throughout an examination period will prevent them from topping the class. The teacher therefore allowed one of them to sit at the back of the class and the other at the front. To the teacher’s surprise, they still topped the class with even similar or same answers to the questions.

During this period, one had to go through national service after secondary education and again after tertiary education. Geoffrey’s first national service after secondary education was when he was posted to Kaneshie 1,2,3 Primary Basic School in Accra with his brother, in 1993 as Primary school teachers and then the second national service as a Teaching Assistant at the Engineering Department at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology with his brother Godfrey. Geoffrey and his brother were so loved by their lecturers that they quickly gave them all the necessary recommendations and contacts which facilitated their admission to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA where they pursued their Masters in Civil Engineering in 2002 and graduated again with honors in 2004.

In 2004, they relocated to Florida to pursue their dream and were employed by Precision Engineering after which they joined C3TS/Stantec, an engineering firm in 2005. The CEO was very impressed with their work ethics and dedication that he asked if they had a third brother or sister available for employment. After working with C3TS Engineering Firm for 5 years, Geoffrey with his brother decided to have a branch of their father’s legacy, GOAL Associates, in Florida which was instituted in 2001 and fully operationalized in 2005 in Ghana. The name of the company “GOAL” represents the initials of both Geoffrey and his brother Godfrey.

By 2014 GOAL Associates, Florida, had commenced with Geoffrey as the president of the Company. By dint of hard work and dedication, GOAL Associates won several high-profile projects within South Florida. Notable among them was the I-395/I-95 Interchange Reconstruction Design-Build and the I-95 at Lantana Road Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI). Geoffrey had such imaginative mind always coming up with highly innovative engineering design and solutions address complex engineering challenges. He was the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Engineering Award for his innovative designs on the SR 826/SR 836 Interchange Reconstruction.

Geoffrey was an Anglican who worshipped with the Cathedral Church of the Most Holy Trinity, in Accra Ghana with his parents and siblings until he relocated to USA, Florida where he Joined the Bridge Church formally known as Florida Bible Church, in Miramar, Florida.

It was between 2000-2001, while Geoffrey was heading on to his final year in the University, that he met the love of his life, Marilyn Marteki Markwei, who happened to be in her 2nd year in the Engineering Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology at the time. Geoffrey’s time as a teaching assistant in the Engineering Department therefore afforded him the ‘extra time’ he needed to court his newfound love. Their love for each other grew stronger even after Geoffrey left to the USA to pursue his Masters’ program. The young couple got engaged on 12th May 2005 and wedded on 12th August 2006. On 25th December 2008, Geoffrey and Marilyn welcomed their first child, a boy they named William, then Ethan came along on 23rd August 2011 followed by Lilian on 25th August 2017.

Geoffrey was a devoted family man who tried to listen to and solve everybody’s problem(s). He imparted to his children discipline, love and respect for all people and a desire for knowledge. His love for his wife was unique. Marilyn was his best friend, his partner for life and his “Sweet” as he affectionately called her.

Geoffrey and Godfrey visited Ghana during the Christmas Holidays much to the joy of everyone.

Unfortunately, Geoffrey was later admitted to the hospital on the 16th January 2021 due to ill health. He communicated with his wife and brother daily and constantly assured them that he was getting better. The medical staff also assured all that he was indeed on the path to recovery. He even called his parents to assure them that he was feeling better so they should not worry. It was therefore a terrible blow in the face for the family when the news came from Florida in the early hours of 10th February, 2021, that Geoffrey had succumbed.

Geoffrey is survived by his wife Marilyn, his two sons and a daughter, his twin brother, sisters and parents.

Geoffrey, we shall miss you, not just us, your family, but many other people will miss you-friends and colleagues and everyone who had the good fortune to get to know you. Geoffrey has always been the light in the family. Now the light has gone out and so many people will feel lost without him, but we take consolation in Psalm 46:1-2;

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountain fall into the heart of the sea.”

We thank God for giving you to the family, for creating such an intelligent fellow who touched and positively impacted the lives of many within this short period of your life.

Geoffrey, Odarte, yaa wɔ jogbaŋŋ, till we meet again.