His Life

Tribute from younger brother - Ade Sawyerr

A tribute to my dear brother Tom who taught me so much - Ade Saw

Thomas Barber Abayomi Sawyerr Esq, FCCA

It is with great sadness that the passing to eternity of Tom Sawyerr Esq. has been announced by his family.  Mr Sawyerr ran a successful accounting practice, T. Sawyerr and Co., for several years from the mid 1980s until his demise on the 21st of March 2021 at 79 years of age.  

Tom Sawyerr was born in Cape Coast, Ghana on 14th October 1941, the eldest child to Jacob Adekunle Sawyerr and Hannah Omokehinde Ademuyiwa both of blessed memory.  

Tom started his elementary education in Cape Coast and continued at Sekondi.  He had his secondary school education at West Africa College, Ebenezer Secondary and Ghanatta Secondary School at Dodowa where he sat for his Cambridge School Certificate Examinations.  For his Higher School Corticate he attended Adisadel College in Cape Coast as part of the 1960-year group.  He proceeded to the School of Administration for his University Education opting to study Accountancy.  

An opportunity brought him to the UK in 1967 where he qualified as an accountant whilst working with the prestigious firm Coopers & Lybrand.  He later went on to work in their Ghana Office in the mid-1970s but returned to London after a few years.  He then went to work in Cadbury Schwepps in Nigeria as the Head of Audit Services before again returning to the UK to set up his own practice in the mid-1980s.  

Mr Sawyerr was a diligent member of his profession in the South London area helping to organise the activities of their professional association. As an upstanding member of the Ghanaian community, he volunteered his services as an honorary auditor for the Gadangme Nikasemo Asafo.  

Known as Uncle Tom to many, he was always helpful and generous with his advice and time. An avid sports fan, you would often find Tom cheering on his beloved team Tottenham FC and glued to the tennis Opens and boxing events. Also a keen shopper, Tom could be found bargaining every Saturday for his love of fruits at Croydon market. Not to forget, every Christmas he would host his Sawyerr Ludo championship board game, inviting all comers to challenge him and he would revel in calling his dice numbers out loud as he played, often winning. He was a devout Christian and leading member of Christ Embassy, Purley Way.

Though a private and reserved person, he took his responsibilities to his wider family very seriously bringing them all together and attending the many celebrations and activities both in the UK and in Ghana.  He was devoted to his wife Christiana, his children, Quintin, Dudley, Genevieve, Joel and his seven grandchildren who he leaves behind. 

The international Sawyerr family of Ghana, Sierra Leone, the UK and beyond mourn his loss.