Boaitey, Charles S.K.
Penfield: On February 15, 1937 Charles S. K. Boaitey was born to Kwame Asare Boaitey and Janet Okoromea. Born into a large family, he was the youngest of seven children, and lived his early years in Abomosu, Akim-Abuakwa region in Ghana West Africa. He attended Zion Secondary School, where he met his lifelong friend, the late Samuel Darko. He came to the United States to further his education in 1963 and was joined in 1964 by his former wife Akosua Mercy Obiri and son Kwame. The family would later expand in Boston, Mass with three additional sons, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi. and son Kwame. The family would later expand in Boston, Mass with three additional sons, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi.
As a young man Charles worked multiple jobs to provide for his growing family while he continued to pursue higher education, earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, and later a Master of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston Massachusetts. He began his career in engineering at Texas Instruments in Attleboro, Massachusetts, then Digital Equipment Corporation in Springfield, Massachusetts, and later Xerox Corporation in Rochester New York, where he served as a Senior Manufacturing Engineer. In 1983, he left Xerox to start his own company, Adeemera Enterprise. He combined his love for engineering with a passionate interest in food production inspired by his upbringing in Ghana. He developed several food production machines, including the Adeem 300 and Adeem 500 portable grinders. These inventions of Charles Boaitey were useful in the processing of maize, wheat, millet, rice soybeans, sorghum, peanuts cassava, coffee and sugar cane. In a July 1997 abstract for a workshop on Commercialization and Transfer of Agricultural Technology in Africa, Accra, Ghana by The Office of Sustainable Development Bureau for Africa, it noted that his company was“dedicated to the promotion of the growing needs of agribusiness in developing countries both in rural and urban areas by reducing labor intensive aspects of food production in developing countries.”
Charles was not only passionate about business, he loved his culture and the peoples of Africa. His favorite foods were Ghanaian staples: fufu, peanut butter soup, egusi and cassava. Because of his love of African culture, he was frequently asked to provide consultation for traditional Ghanaian naming, wedding and other ceremonies. His motto in life was “Nil Satis nisi Optimum” meaning, “nothing but the best will do”. The “best” for Charles was not material wealth, but strength of character, tenacity, fortitude, perseverance, eloquence, class and an indomitable will—all things of the spirit. Charles’ sense of “class” was also reflected in his dress. He regularly wore suits or dress shirts and slacks, even when not at work, and always looked professional. He loved to fish in his favorite Thousand Islands archipelago on the St. Lawrence River and appreciated urban farming. For 41 years, Charles made Penfield New York, his home.
Charles passed away, on Friday September 7, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kwame Asare Boaitey and Janet Okoromea; his brothers and sisters; Yaw Buronya, Kwabena Amponsa, Kwaku Ofasu, Ama Afre, Ama Yeboah, and Akosua Sewaa. He leaves to mourn his passing four sons Kwame, Kwadjo, Nana Yaw and Kwasi whom he cherished; daughter-in-law Karama, granddaughter Ayoka; nephews Agyei, Eric, Yaw and a host of other extended family members and friends. They will miss him, and treasure his life well lived. His family members are all committed to his motto: “Nil Satis Nisi Optimum”. May his dear soul rest in perfect peace.