The mortal remains of the late Brigadier General Godfrey Goumil (Rtd) was laid to rest at the Military Cemetery in Burma Camp on Friday, April 23, 2021.
At a burial service held in his honour at the St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Burma Camp, family, friends and loved ones remembered him as a man of perfection, a strict disciplinarian, very hardworking and above all, a man of integrity with a wonderful sense of character.
Brigadier General Guomil was born on December 8, 1940, at Yagtuur in the Lawra Traditional Area of the Upper West Region of Ghana.
His academic journey started at the Lawra Primary Boarding School, then to the Lawra Boarding Middle School from 1953 to 1954.
He continued to the then Government Secondary School, now Tamale Secondary school in Tamale from 1955 to 1959.
After completing Secondary school, he decided to join the army, so he took the Ghana Military Academy Entrance Examination in April of 1960 and was enlisted as one of the pioneers.
Brigadier General Guomil was commissioned on September 30, 1961 into the Ghana Army as an Infantry officer.
He became the first Military Officer to be trained in Military Police (MP) duties after a successful completion of a six months course in Military Police Duties, in the U.K.
He was appointed as the first Provost Marshall of the Ghana Armed Forces shortly after his return from the UK.
The late Brigadier General Goumil (Rtd) was also a great sports enthusiast and tried his luck on any sporting activity that came his way, but most notably in the field of football.
He also held positions including being a member of the GFA, Vice Chairman of the GFA, and also Chairman of the Referees Committee of the GFA back in the 1980s.
The funeral service was attended by several officers and men of the Ghana Armed Forces, both serving and retired.
Of special mention was the Chief of the Defence Staff, Vice Admiral Seth Amoama, and Service Chiefs from the Army, Navy and Air force, the Commandant, Kofi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Centre (KAIPTC), Major General Francis Ofori, GOC Central Command, Brigadier General JA Aphour, and the Chief of Bekwai Dadease, Nana Twum Barimah Appau II, to mention a few.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Magdalene Goumil and three children.