Daniel Adotey Akwei, 71, of Newark, New Jersey passed away on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
He was born on April 18, 1945 in Suhum, Ghana. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Margaret (nee Kwei) Akwei.
Daniel immigrated from Ghana to the United States in 1960. He received his undergraduate in 1973 and MBA in 1978 from Seton Hall University. He was involved in many organizations where he was on the Board for pre-med/pre-dental at Seton Hall University, he was on the Board for the City of Newark for workforce improvement, and St. Bridget’s Daycare, Newark, NJ. He worked over 25 years as the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Employment and Training until his retirement.
Daniel loved soccer and was on many winning championship teams in High School and at Seton Hall. He enjoyed coaching in his spare time. Above all, he was a family man and loved spending time with his cherished family.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Beatrice Akwei. He was the father of Georgina Alabi, Daniel N. Akwei and wife Johaira, Edmund N. Akwei and Stacey N. Akwei. He was the grandfather of Elsie Gonzalez and husband Juan, Gideon Alabi, and great-grandsons; Jonathan and Gabriel. In addition, he is survived by his siblings; Eugenia, Abraham, Seth, Ebenezer, Lucy, and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Bradley, Haeberle & Barth Funeral Home, 1100 Pine Avenue, Union, NJ 07083. A Funeral Service will be 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Connecticut Farms Presbyterian Church, 888 Stuyvesant Ave., Union, NJ 07083. An interment will follow at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union, NJ. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Daniel’s name to the National Kidney Foundation or Seton Hall University International Student Fund.