Dr. Edem Kojo Ablordeppey

January 10, 1983April 16, 2021
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Dr. Edem Kojo Ablordeppey, a resident of Hackettstown, New Jersey, went to be with the Lord on April 16, 2021 at the age of 38 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

The son of Seth Ablordeppey, PhD, and Joy Ablordeppey, MD, Edem was born in Accra, Ghana on January 10, 1983. An intelligent and driven man, Edem graduated with a PharmD from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. He was employed as a Rutgers University Pharmaceutical Industry Fellow on the US Oncology Brand Access Strategy for the Whippany, New Jersey branch of Bayer Pharmaceuticals.

A talented vocalist, Edem began singing at school at the age of six with a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, with no formal training and to the surprise of his parents. Edem enjoyed singing on the Praise Team at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Florida for many years. As point and shooting guard, he passionately played for First Baptist Church basketball league, coached FSU Women’s Basketball scout team, and volunteered with Upward Sports, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting the discovery of Jesus through sports. He was a member of Kappa Psi Pharmaceutical Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Iota Chapter and Phi Lambda Sigma Pharmacy Leadership Society, Beta Sigma Chapter at FAMU. Among his many volunteer contributions, Edem held the position of Marketing and Advertising Supervisor for Hope International Medical Mission; a non-profit charity organization developed by his parents. One of their clinics established in Ghana will soon be renamed in his memory. “Edem was a graceful leader among leaders and a clinician who pushed for the better in all aspects of healthcare, but especially access to therapies for sickle cell patients. Edem left an indelible impression on everyone who heard him speak at the GBT-supported Access-to-Care Summit in 2019, where he was so gracious in sharing his own story and his passion for advocacy. He set the bar high for himself and by extension, everyone around him.” —Global Blood Therapeutics.

He is survived by his loving wife of fourteen years, Dr. Andrea Ablordeppey; his children Elyse (14), Josiah (14), Justyce (12), and Jordyn (6); siblings Enyo, Sroda, Kafui, Suboe, and Aseye; nieces Jacqueline, Chana, and Naomi; nephews Emmanuel, Jeremiah, and Noah; along with many extended family and friends.

Edem’s palpable affection for his family was unquestionable. A devoted father, it is fair to say that Edem lived for his children. From family time spent competing in Jeopardy, to writing silly songs, to sports and made-up games and jokes, his home was filled with joy and laughter. A devoted husband, he was unapologetically protective of his ‘Ndrea, the love of his life; Bicken, Bick, or Bicky; as they affectionately referred to one another. Both incredible vocalists, the music they created together blessed the hearts of everyone who heard them. The second born in a family of six children, and the oldest son, Edem was a leader and an outspoken follower of Christ. He enthusiastically followed the great commission, making disciples of all men; defending and supporting his friends and loved ones; praying with his peers, serving the poor, and offering a smile, a hug, and an encouraging word to anyone in need.

Viewing is set for April 30th at 4:00 to 6:00 pm at Culley’s MeadowWood Memorial Park: 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, 108 West College Avenue, FL 32301 on May 1, 2021 at 2pm with interment following at Culley’s MeadowWood Memorial Park: 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, FL 32312.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Pancreatic Cancer Awareness, Hope International Medical Mission (, and a trust in the name of Edem’s children. For information on the trust fund, please contact Culley's Funeral Home (850) 877-8191 or email

“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding, abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21


  • Visitation

    Friday, April 30, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


  • Interment following the service

    Saturday, May 1, 2021


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Stephen Boateng

April 30, 2021

I am truly saddened by this news and my condolences to Edem’s wife, children and the rest of the family.

Edem and I connected on LinkedIn in 2018 and we hit it off right away because we had so much in common - both pharmacists from Ghana, passionate advocates for sickle cell and eventually ended up working together at Bayer briefly. We would have random chats in the hallway and my most memorable one was when he shared how excited he was to be speaking at the GBT-supported Access to Care Summit for sickle cell.

The last time we spoke on the phone, he was in high spirits about his pancreatic cancer diagnosis and was excited to get better to continue his sickle cell advocacy work not knowing that would be our last call.

Edem was a true warrior and impacted so many and I am glad I was able to call him a brother and a friend. Rest in Power doc!

John Cooperwood

April 30, 2021

Edem was a special young man. I had the privilege of interviewing him for admission into the College alone with Dr. Scott. I knew then that he would be a bright light in our college. His smile was infectious to all those around him. He will be missed but not forgotten. His parents should be very joyful in knowing that their child walked in truth. As the Apostle Paul said, there is no greater joy in knowing that. My prayer for the family is that Christ will continue to comfort and strengthen you.

Michael Toscani

April 30, 2021

May God bless Edem. We are praying for him and his family. I was the Director of the Rutgers Fellowship program when Edem interviewed as a candidate for acceptance. He was such an enthusiastic individual who spoke freely about his interest in the Pharmaceutical Industry as a career. He worked very hard to secure a position in the program and was a wonderful Fellow !! We were in contact briefly after learning of his illness and we spoke frequently about the power of God to take good care of all of us. I will remember his sincere personality, love of his family, and his ability to work hard in difficult times.
God bless his soul.
Dr. Michael Toscani

Theophilus Amemornu

April 29, 2021

On behalf of the Amemornu family and on my own behalf, l wish to express my deepest condolence over the sudden demise of our Son, Dr. Edem Kojo Ablordeppey which occurred on 16th April,2021.
The entire family has indeed lost a great son which is not replaceable, and therefore wish that the good Lord keeps him in his bosom.
May He rest in perfect peace,

Jessica Collee

April 29, 2021

I am not sure of your departure, your death has shocked me, i am wondering if really is my lovely faithful and sober Dr. Edem, the great God will finds you a peaceful rest, my sincere condolences goes to the family, its not easy, all your pains will be restore, may your lovely and kind gesture soul rest in Peace.
My donation to the family: contact me for my support.

Cole & Jennifer Sousa

April 28, 2021

Edem, such a vibrant soul and fun loving guy. You have done good work in this world and fought the good fight. A really genuine man with a big heart for the Lord and his people. Many prayers, love, and support extended to the family.

Aaron Appiah

April 28, 2021

A warm farewell to Edem... Gone too soon...But Death, a necessary end, will come when it will come... Rest In Peace

Nkechi Ikediobi

April 26, 2021

The strength and positivity of a man I saw within Edem. His motivation, positive outlook and sheer perseverance for all things really amazed me. Whenever I would feel down or doubt myself with school he was always there with a joke, a smile and uplifting words. He was there when my father passed away a day before our P2 final exams and he checked on me frequently. Every encounter with Edem was always just good times! His soul just oozed with happiness, positivity and hope for things to come. I am in complete shock and saddened by his passing. Praying for comfort for his family and peace. Rest in heavenly power Edem.

Harrison Gleku

April 25, 2021

A good heart has stopped beating, the universe has received a new beautiful star, A good soul ascended to heaven ,
We part with our brother Dr Edem in pain.
My sincere condolences to the family and everyone grieving the immeasurable loss at this difficult time.
Doctor we love you but God loves you most , may he give you eternal rest .

Solomon Horseko Ablordeppey

April 25, 2021

On behalf of my siblings, Sarah Hornam Ablordeppey, Obed Makafui Ablordeppey, Cecelia Desiadenyo Ablordeppey, Lydia Adwoa Ablordeppey, and our mother Mrs. Comfort Odeibea Ataa Ablordeppey (wife of the late Charles Kwaku Ablordeppey), we wish to extend our sincere condolences to Prof. Seth, the wife and children for the lost of their beloved son and brother. Also, to Andrea and the kids. We pray the good Lord comfort and strengthen you all during this trying times. May God see you all through. It's well. It's well, it's well. Rest well Dr. Eden Ablordeppey.
King Solomon Horseko Sam Ablordeppey writes.