Mrs Judy Nkansah Nee John is the only living sister from the paternal line of former Flight Lieutenant President Jerry John Rawlings.
She was the younger daughter of James Ramsay John, following the first, the former President, with her maiden name as Judy John.
Paying her final respects in her tribute to a beloved elder brother, Mrs Nkansah recounted how she was separated from Mr Rawlings after they had to change schools because their basic school had been moved to another town.
However, despite this, she added that as she frequently received ‘constant Sunday afternoon visits’ during her high school days, they tended to be a lovely pair of siblings.
You didn’t give a welcome hug or kiss to anyone, nor did you ever say goodbye, and you were gone before we knew it. Only God is sure of why. My elder brother—Jerry: I’ll miss you a million times, I’ll cry a million times. I will dearly treasure the bond we had together as the only children of our father, James Ramsay John.
“As infants, our father’s driver – Ataa Nortei of Osu regularly drove us to and from school. You were staying in Adabraka Farrar Avenue with your mother, Auntie Victoria and Auntie Joyce, and I stayed with my mother, Auntie Kwarley, in our house behind the Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, Adabraka.
Then we both attended Mrs. Sam Nursery School at a site that now has a traffic intersection with the Accra Accra Ministries. This school moved to Nima as the New Nation School, which meant that we changed schools; you went to the Ghana International School, Cantonments, to St Joseph Catholic School, Additrom-Adabraka and I,” portions of her tribute indicated.
When I was at Accra Girls’ Secondary School, we continued to be a lovely pair of siblings in the company of your frequent Sunday afternoon visit to me from Achimota School. You chose my company as an officer of the Ghana Air Force whenever you attended functions or visited the Air Force Exhibition.
I still recall my Quartey/Allotey and allied families’ explosion of joy and praise-singing that heralded your arrival at our residence in Osu Nyaniba Estates, even before you became the Head of State.
“She wrote in her tribute to her late elder brother, “This was at the ‘kpojiemo’ of my eldest boy, Paa Kwesi, and you entered in your elegant military uniform.
Mrs. Judy Nkansah Nee John has four sons and four grandchildren and is widowed.