Godwill Arthur-Mensah, GNA
Accra, Oct.04, GNA – Thousands of Ghanaians on
Thursday paid an emotional farewell to the late Justice Professor Vincent Cyril
Richard Arthur Charles Crabbe, popularly known to many Ghanaians, as Justice
The mortal remains of Justice Crabbe was
enclosed in a casket, drafted in national colours of red, green, yellow and
black, at the Accra International Conference Centre for the public to pay their
last respects to the revered legal luminary.
The solemn service was witnessed by people
from all walks of life, including President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the
First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, former
President Jerry John Rawlings, the Clergy and Service Commanders.
The family of Justice Crabbe, and mourners,
bedecked in black and white, signifying the acknowledgment of his advanced age
and painful loss.
Justice Crabbe considered the doyen of
Ghanaian legal regime contributed immensely towards nation building and the
rule of law by drafting many legislative instruments for Ghana and other
Justice Crabbe was Ghana’s first Electoral
Commissioner and the only person in the history of Ghana’s Judiciary to have
been appointed twice to the Supreme Court.
In the sermon, the Most Reverend Prof.
Emmanuel Asante, Former Presiding Bishop of Methodist Church Ghana, admonished
Ghanaians at all levels of the social ladder to work diligently at their chosen
profession such that “the dead, the living and the unborn will not do it better
“To finish well at the end, you need to start
finishing well now because the future is embedded in the present so handle
tomorrow like today,” Most Rev. Asante emphasised.
He acknowledged the enormous contribution
Justice Crabbe made towards building the nation, and urged Ghanaians to emulate
his exceptional qualities as a man of humility, integrity and a disciplinarian.
Most Rev. Asante said it was time the nation
collect the eulogies’ of all the accomplished statesmen into one document so
that the present and the future generation would learn from their works.
Earlier, dignitaries filed past his body that
was laid in State at the Conference Centre to pay their last respects.
Charles as affectionately called by close
relations and friends was admitted to the Junior Boys School, near James Fort
Prison. After completing his junior school, he moved to the Government Boys
Senior School at Kinbu.
He later gained admission to the Accra Academy
in 1939 to continue his education.
On August 22, 1952, Charles gained admission
to the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in England to study law.
He passed the first part of the Bar
examination within the first year of studies at the Inner Temple, which was not
the norm¬- he completed the course in two years, instead of the normal three
When he returned to Ghana, he worked at the
Attorney-General’s Department, as an Assistant Crown Counsel and later became
the first African to be appointed Parliamentary Counsel.
By dint of hard work and dedication to work,
Charles became the head of the Legislative Drafting Division of the AG’s
Department after Ghana’s independence, drafted and supervised the drafting of
numerous legislative frameworks.
In 2011, Justice Crabbe was part of the team
of living legends who assisted Prof. Fiadjoe-led Constitution Review Commission
to undertake the review of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana.
Justice Crabbe, an exceptional draftsman, also
supported the drafting of many legislative instruments of other African
countries and trained many other students in legislative drafting.
He remained regularly sought after resource person
for legislative drafting courses organised by several African countries,
including Mauritius, Namibia and Zambia.
He was born on October 29, 1923 at Kinkam in
Ussher Town, Accra, to Mr Richard Arthur Crabbe, a Chief Registrar of the Gold
Coast Judicial Service of Nii Yao Duade We and Madam Stella Akoley Lartey, a
seamstress from the Nii Walakataka We of Osu.
He passed on peacefully at the Korle-Bu
Teaching Hospital after a brief illness on September 7, 2018.
The 95-year-old statesman was survived by six
children and many grand children and great grandchildren.
The mortal remain of Justice Crabbe was
interred privately at the Osu Military Cemetery.