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Evelyn Tay (MBE)

10 April 1936 – 22 May 2020 - Age: 84 Years

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Message from Sussie22 June 2020 at 19:56 19:56:30
May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

Message from Lorna22 June 2020 at 20:38 20:38:23
Mrs Evelyn Tay, people pass through this world not knowing their purpose. You came into this world with a God given purpose. Thank you for making a difference to the lives of so many patients at Korle Bu Hospital including precious children with cancer! Your legacy at the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit and the Opthalmology Unit lives on. Thank you for your genuine concern for others. May your kind soul rest in perfect peace.

Message from Fred22 June 2020 at 22:48 22:48:20
I know this is a difficult time for you and your siblings and I wish I had words to make it easier. My deepest condolences to you. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Message from NanaAma Winful-Acquaye22 June 2020 at 23:35 23:35:20
God be with you and comfort you on your loss. May she rest in peace.
NanaAma Winful-Acquaye

Message from Yahya Dib24 June 2020 at 09:00 09:00:05
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Yahya Dib

Message from Anne Sackey24 June 2020 at 09:51 09:51:28
Auntie Evelyn, you were so kind to me when I was ill and took the time to get me to meet a specialist from Moorfields. you have no idea how it helped me to feel confident that I would get better. You were one of those people who just gave and gave your works impacted on the lives of many. Rest well. Mummy will miss you.
Anne Sackey

Message from Doris24 June 2020 at 10:16 10:16:26
Dear Jill, Roderick, and Andrew
My heartfelt Sympathy to all of you during this difficult time.
May mummy rest in perfect peace.
Doris Cofie.

Message from Korle Bu Teaching Hospital28 June 2020 at 15:45 15:45:40
Mrs. Evelyn Tay has been associated with Korle Bu Teaching Hospital for a long time and has made significant contributions on the growth and development of the Hospital. Her contributions are unique and highly impactful.
The first notable contribution of Mrs. Tay to the Hospital was in mobilizing both human and material resources for the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery & Burns Centre of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. This has enabled the local training of plastics surgeons and the eventual establishment of other plastic surgery units and centres across the country and within the West African sub-region.
Mrs. Tay was also instrumental in mobilizing and paving the way for the construction of the Moorfields Eye Centre. This Centre was conceived as a sub-regional hub for the training and treatment of an estimated 2.6 million blind people within the West African Sub-region.
She was working for the commissioning of the Centre just before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Even at a time that Mrs. Tay had lost some of her infectious energy in organizing and mobilizing resources, she also accepted an offer to work as a Trustee of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital’s Trust Fund.
She has also made numerous donations of medical equipment and consumables for the running of the Hospital particularly at times that some of the items were difficult to come by.
The last donation of such items was when she worked with staff of the British High Commission to donate assorted items to the Paediatric Oncology Unit in 2018.
The foregoing contributions of Mrs. Tay are indicative of the fact that she was a true friend of Korle Bu. Her name will be indelibly etched in the annals of the Hospital as someone who came and contributed in a unique way to the progress of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
May she rest in perfect peace.

Korle Bu Teaching Hospital

Message from Professor Pius Agbenorku29 June 2020 at 20:00 20:00:33
She Shall be Praised
Proverbs 31: 29-31
“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord deserves praise. Honour her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate”
It was sad news for us to hear that Mrs. Evelyn Tay had passed on! We have indeed lost a great personality and a mentor that had been a “giant stall” right from the very beginning of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery & Burns Unit at KATH/KNUST, Kumasi.

The inception of this humble unit which has now grown into a large Division, providing first class and excellent health care in the world renowned classy discipline of modern plastic surgery under the inspiration of Professor Jack Mustarde, Mrs. Evelyn Tay, Professor Arthur Morris, Professor Martin Webster, Professor Edward Yeboah, Professor Josiah Hiadzi, etc would not have materialized without the special forceful roles of Mrs. Tay. She worked extremely hard, tirelessly to make sure we got to top of every situation. Her efforts have resulted in all achievements of the Division today.

Mrs. Tay, as we affectionately called her, until her demise, coordinated between the Rotary Club of Dundee, Scotland and the Key members of the International Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Ghana Project. We therefore cannot talk about the establishment of the Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at KATH without the mention of her.

Whenever there was the need for a nurse or a doctor to be trained outside Ghana in plastic surgery and burns, Mrs. Tay never left any stone unturned to ensure acquisition of all the required travelling documents.

She was hospitable and motherly to all and sundry who knocked at her door especially nurses sojourning abroad to undertake training courses. Her tenderly advise and cares were invaluable.

Mrs. Tay, though you are departing to your Maker, we on the other hand shall continue to lay bare your achievements for the future generation.
Rain drops are trickling down our faces as we wipe away the tears. You were a gift from God above. You’ll never be forgotten because you’ll forever remain a statue in our hearts.
Farewell thee, our mother and friend!
Rest in Perfect Peace, Mrs. Tay, in the bosom of the Lord!
Delivered by the Founding Head (Professor Pius Agbenorku),
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, KATH/KNUST-Kumasi
On behalf of Past and Current Staff.

Professor Pius Agbenorku

Message from Manisha Kotecha29 June 2020 at 20:16 20:16:38
Jill, my sincere condolences to you and the family. May she mother rest in peace.
Manisha Kotecha

Message from Dr Albert Paintsil29 June 2020 at 22:10 22:10:35
Mrs Evelyn Tay was a very kind and soft spoken woman. However she was a hardworking person who knew how to get maximum support for any worthy cause. Exactly what she did for the Plastic Surgery Centre at its beginning. The written history of the centre will not be complete without the her name because of her input. Personally this is how I saw Mrs Tay.
You have done your best. You would be missed. Rest In Peace in the bosom of your Maker
Dr Albert Paintsil

Message from Frimpomaa30 June 2020 at 10:30 10:30:55
It’s so hard to believe a world without Mrs.Tay. She was an extraordinary woman. She did what she did so well. Soft spoken, witty and so professional she was!
May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace!

Message from Gloria Esi Lassey2 July 2020 at 11:21 11:21:10
Mrs. Tay you lived a purpose filled, dignified and fulfilled life. You were an inspiration especially for us who have chosen the path of philanthropy. You served your generation and generations yet unborn. May your sweet soul rest in perfect peace.
Gloria Esi Lassey

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