Former Senior Legislator Dies

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The death is announced of Mr. Benjamin T. K. Blamo, a former Legislator and Deputy Minister in the government of Liberia. He was 74.

He died on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Clinic in Sinkor, following a  protracted illness.

Between the periods of 1991-1994, he served as a Representative at the National Legislature where he Co-chaired the House’s Standing Committee on Executive. In his capacity as Co-chairman on Executive, he headed several Liberian Government delegations abroad to Cyprus, Israel, Jordan and Lebanon; among several other countries. He was one of the Representatives of the United People’s Party (UPP) to the Interim National Assembly (INA).

Following his tenure in the Legislature, the late Benjamin Blamo  served the Ministry of Internal Affairs as Deputy Minister for Operations from 1994-1995,  during the regime of the Council of States headed by Prof. David Kporkpor.

In recognition of the late Mr. Blamo’s valuable contributions to the Government, people and nation, Mr. Gyude Bryant, former Chairman of National Transitional Government of Liberia (NTGL) appointed him as Advisor to the former Vice Chairman of NTGL, Ambassador Wesley Momo Johnson.

The fallen representative was also a renowned classroom teacher. He was above all a people-centered and development-oriented Legislator.

 He was a political revolutionary, helping to champion popular and participatory democracy in the country. This led to him and several other progressives, including Gabriel Baccus Matthews, to  detention by the William Richard Tolbert regime.  While in detention, the late Benjamin T.K. Blamo and others tasted several pains as they were beaten on a daily basis by the prison guards.

Prior to his detention, in 1978 he joined the Progressive Alliance of Liberia (PAL) and served as chief advisor of PAL’s Maryland  Branch. He was an advocate of non-violence, who believed in a positive change through the democratic process.

 He was a founding member of   the Progressive People’s Party   (PPP), which later transformed into the United People’s Party (UPP). He served in several dedicated capacities in the party.

Besides, he also served as elder and chairman of the board of  directors of the Dianna E. Davies School System, during which tenure he helped establish an Orphanage Children Home and Church in Brewerville to address the plights of war-affected children and the needy, aimed at installing Christian values in the younger  generation.

As an only child of his caring mother, the late T. K. Blamo was blessed with 14 children, 32 grand children and four great grand children. 

He commenced his primary education in his birth home of Barclayville in 1957 at the United Methodist Elementary School and later attended the St. Patrick’s Claver Catholic School in Barclayville. 

In 1960 he moved to Grand Cess, to attend the St. Patrick’s Catholic School there.

Being financially-troubled but unwaveringly determined to pursue of his education, the late Benjamin T. K. Blamo moved to Harper City, Maryland County in 1962, where he met his loving, caring, and God-fearing wife, Rachel Valentine Blamo..

Due to his services rendered the Catholic Church and Mission in Harper, Maryland County, the late Benjamin T.K. Blamo was grateful to have benefitted from the Catholic Church’s support to continue his higher education at the Fatima College, where he successfully graduated in 1965 with distinction.

In appreciation of the Catholic Church’s assistance towards him in achieving quality and higher education, the late Benjamin T. K. Blamo graciously decided to return to Grand Cess in Grand Kru County to give back to the county, to teach at the St. Patrick’s Catholic School. One of his students is Dr. Chris Toe, the former Minister of Agriculture.

While performing his services at the school, the late T.K. Blamo fell  ill and was forced to return to Harper City, Maryland County to seek proper and thorough medical treatment and upon recuperation, he transferred to Pleebo City, about 25-mile from Harper, to continue his teaching at the St. Francis Catholic High School, where he though for several years.

In 1969, the late Benjamin T. K. Blamo got employed by the J.J. Dossen Memorial Hospital in Cape Palmas as Director of the Department of Birth and Death.

According to his son, Mr. Josephus Moses Gray, Benjamin T. K. Blamo was born on 18 July, 1940 in Kayken, Barclayville Chiefdom, Grand Kru County, unto to the blessed union of Gbojah Blamo and Nyeah Weadee Taryonoh, both of whom predeceased him. 

He  leaves to mourn his loss wife, Mrs. Rachel V. Blamo, fourteen children: Mrs. Ajuah Blamo Sackor, J. Himie Dennis, William Bill Blamo, Benjamin T. K. Blamo, Jr., Victoria Taryonoh Blamo, Juwle Bernard Blamo, William Blamo, Roosevelt Blamo, Benetta Blamo, Patricia Blamo, Joseph Blamo, Rachel Maway Blamo, Archie Doryen Blamo and Grace Blamo; 32 grand children,  four great grand children and many other relatives in the United States of America, and Liberia.

On Saturday, September 20, the remains of Mr. Benjamin T. K. Blamo, Sr. will be removed from the Abraham Roberts Funeral Parlour in Gardnersville and taken to the St. Paul Catholic Church, Banjor, Virginia, for funeral rites. Interment will follow at the Kaiser Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Brewerville.

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