John Frederick Kwasi Doe Tayviah was born in Keta, the Volta region of Ghana on January 18, 1948. He was born to Benhard and Daisy Ahlijah Tayviah. He was the youngest of six children. Fred, as he was affectionately known, is survived by an older sister Elsie.
He was a confirmed Roman Catholic in his youth and later became an Evangelical Christian. Fred received both primary and middle education through the Roman Catholic Church. While in school he played the French Horn in the school band.
Later Fred spent three years in Germany where he mastered the art of Autobody building and technology and subsequently became an instructor. He was later on appointed to the United Nations Development programme as a Technical Director in Malawi for a few years.
AutoBody building and technology was his trade till the end of his life. Fred worked for D&D Auto Body here in the United States for almost 25 years where he considered his peers his second family!
In the United States, Fred found and became a faithful friend to many - Sue Coe, Diedre Watkins, Nana and Ato Waters, Bill Mayers, Maurice Webster, and Anthony Frazier to mention a few. He was truly a loyal friend. In 1995 Fred met Arlette Huggins, whom he married in 1998.
From that union, they had two children: Elikem John Frederick and Mawutorangelle and a stepdaughter Antonia Boakye. Fred kept in contact with his nephew Ebenezer Tayviah and his
wife Sharon, his aunts, his sister and his children back in Africa, as well as with other friends from earlier in his life in Africa.
Fred later became a teacher at ICOG and has also authored several books based on the Christian faith. He was a quiet, introverted man who loved sports and picnicking, but most of all he loved being at home and spending time with his family.
Fred loved his mother-in-law Milcah Huggins and shared many tea times with her while watching dancing with the stars.
Fred was a loving and loved husband, father, grandfather, uncle, son-in-law and friend. He will be sorely missed!
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