5 October 2017. The Garrison Methodist Presbyterian Church has held the Final Funeral Service for Col George Herbert Slater (Rtd) on Thursday 5 October, 2017 at Burma Camp, Accra.
The Parish Priest of St Anthony-Abelenkpe, Reverend Canon John Tello Nelson in his sermon said that life was brief and swift; therefore, Christians must live a life of integrity, eschew dishonest behaviors and have exemplary characters that depicted that of Christ.
He added that death was an inevitable reality to all ages and did not matter how long one lived but how well they lived. He admonished Christians to be wise on how to live on earth as well as provide service to humanity and serve people wherever they found themselves. Rev Canon Nelson later prayed for God’s protection and guidance for the bereaved family.
The late Col Slater, whose sudden demise occurred on 1 September, 2017 was born on 24 January, 1929 in Accra. He joined the Officer Corps of the Gold Coast Regiment of the Royal West African Frontier Forces (GCR-RWAFF). He later commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) in November 1954.
He served as the Director of Forces Pay Corps now Forces Pay Regiment. He later became the Managing Director of State Housing Corporation from 1973 to 1974 where he initiated the Low Cost Housing Policy. He was also the Chairman of the Ghana Boxing Association. He was honorably released in May 1974.
Notable guests who graced the funeral service were the Former President Rawlings, the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) Lt Gen OB Akwa, Service Chiefs, Senior Officers and other dignitaries.
The Late Col Slater left behind a widow, Mrs Comfort Melody Slater, and five children. He was finally laid to rest at the Osu Military Cemetery.