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Funeral to be held for former residential home boss who returned to Bradford for treatment
A retired Bradford businessman who was struck by a car while recovering from a double hip-operation in Ghana has died in hospital months after flying back to Bradford for better medical care.
His good friend Herbet Wuver, of the Pan African Arts and Cultural Group in Bradford, said Mr Therson-Cofie had been recovering well in the sunshine while staying with family in Ghana when he went out for a walk and was struck by the car.
“He spent sometime in hospital over there but wanted to come back to Bradford to be looked after here. He was well looked after in the BRI on Ward 24 and his friends are thankful for that. We all miss him greatly – he was like a grandpa-advisor to many. He was very much-loved.”
Mr Therson-Cofie had come to Bradford from Ghana in 1969 and using his experience of working in mental health care got a job at the former High Royds Hospital in Menston as a psychiatric nurse.
He had a great passion for nature, enjoying gardening and longing to keep his own chickens.
Mr Wuver said: “He knew everything there was to know about poultry farming, but never got to keep any of his own because he was worried they would disturb his neighbours.”
Mr Therson-Cofie’s funeral at 12.40pm will be followed by a burial at Charlestown cemetery in Baildon then a celebration of his life at the MAPA community centre in Coates Streets, off Manchester Road, Bradford.
He leaves a daughter, a son and two grandchildren.