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Hon. Seward Kannah Boons, Sr.
Sunrise: November 19, 1939 - Sunset: February 20, 2018

Diplomat, Public Servant, Community Leader, Family Patriarch and Gentleman

The Boons, Tudee, Kannah, Joway, Barh and Beh Families announce with profound grief the death of Honorable Seward Kannah Boons, Sr. in his 78th year, which sad event occurred on February 20, 2018 at his residence in Newark, NJ, USA.  Seward was born unto the union of Chia Kannah and Gardea Barhon on November 19, 1939 in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia.

Seward began his public service career in Liberia in the early 1960’s as a member of the Liberian Frontier Force (LFF), the precursor of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).  After 3 years of active military service, Seward was employed as a Mining Agent of the William Allen Mineral Claims at various sites in Liberia.

In 1969, Seward immigrated to the USA and settled in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York City where he lived for many years before moving to New Jersey, first in Passaic and later in Newark. He studied at the Borough of Manhattan Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and worked at Double Voice Law Firm in Manhattan, New York.

In 1982, Seward K. Boons, Sr.  was appointed and commissioned as the Consul General at the Consulate General of the Republic of Liberia in New York by then M/Sgt. Samuel Kanyon Doe, Head of State of the People’s Redemption Council (PRC) Government of the Republic of Liberia. He served in this diplomatic post until 1991, which period spanned the leadership of President Samuel Kanyon Doe (1986-1990) and, briefly, the Interim Government of National Unity of the Republic of Liberia (IGNU) led by Interim President Dr. Amos C. Sawyer. In 1990, his fellow Consuls from Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America elected Consul General Boons as the President of the Society of Foreign Consuls in New York.

After his diplomatic assignment ended, Hon. Boons partnered with Mr. Eric Thomas, his dear friend, and they formed B & T Group of Companies, a New York registered enterprise. Among a number of business ventures, they operated a diplomatic duty free store at the United Nations Plaza in New York from 1995-1999. Thereafter, Mr. Boons and his wife Jeannet operated B & B International, an export and import trading company, from 2001 to 2004 in Newark, New Jersey.  During 2005-2007, the couple owned a general merchandise store in Monrovia, Liberia.

Seward actively participated in party politics as the lead Founding Member of the National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL-USA and Canada), and served the party as Senior Advisor from 1984 until his death. From 1970 to 1981, Seward was a stellar figure in the greater Liberian Community in the Diaspora. He was the lead founding member (Founder) of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas, Inc. (GGAA), which was organized in 1975. He also was the Founding Leader (Founder) of the Grand Gedeh Association of New York (GGA-NY) as the flagship chapter of GGAA.  Eventually, he became the first President of GGAA and the first President of GGA-NY, respectively.  In addition, Seward served as Advisor to Mr. Ignatius Clay, Chairman (1981-1982) of the Board of Directors of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA), as well as an Advisor to President Ignatius Clay of the Liberian Community Association of New York (the long-time powerhouse of ULAA).  During his retirement years in Newark, Hon. Boons affiliated with the Liberian Community Association of North Jersey in a limited advisory capacity.

In recognition and appreciation of his distinguished services, Hon. Seward K. Boons received numerous awards, including, but not limited to, the following accolades:

  • September 2, 1995: Recognition and Appreciation Award given by the NY Chapter of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA) “for his role as Founder of GGAA”.
  • October 4, 2008: Recognition and Appreciation Award given by the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA) “for his vision, services, and contributions as the First President of the New York Chapter of the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas”.
  • March 27, 2010: Token of Appreciation & Honor Award given by the Konobo Statutory District Association in the Americas “for his Outstanding Contributions to the people of Grand Gedeh County, Liberia and Humanity”.
  • September 15, 2012: Community Service Award given by the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas (GGAA) “in recognition of his personal services to the people of Grand Gedeh, and his tireless efforts in enhancing the smooth operation of the GGAA”.
  • July 27, 2014: Recognition Award given by the Liberian Christian Fellowship Church for his “outstanding contribution to the Liberian Government during his tenure as Consul General and to the Liberian   Community Association of North Jersey”.
  • October 3, 2015: Special Recognition and Excellence Award given by the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas “for his Visionary Guidance and Heartfelt Dedication”.
  • September 10, 2016: Lifetime Achievement Award given by the Grand Gedeh Association in the Americas “for his Outstanding Dedication to Community Service”.

The late Hon. Seward Kannah Boons, Sr. was predeceased by Chia Kannah and Gardea Barh (parents), Samuel Boons and Alphonso Boons (sons), Kannah (brother), Markular (sister), Beverly Boons (first wife of 25 years), John P. Beh, Sr. (uncle), and Al Jabateh (nephew). He leaves to mourn:  Jeannet Mulbah Boons (ex-wife of 15 years) , and companion Tonia Snyder; Children:   Markular Boons, Gweyee Boons, Ojuku Boons, Ashley Saab, Seward Kannah Boons, Jr., Thomas Boons, Suah Boons, Gwendolyn Boons, Sewardlyn Boons, and Hope Sinue; Grandchildren: McCarvent Levi Madison, Teta Boons, Maya Boons, Cage Boons, Patience Ninneh, Delbert Sluward, Ophelia Zayzay, Shameka Beeks, and Jordan Kannah Boons; 19 Great Grandchildren; several Nieces and Nephews: Sam Massaquoi, Jr., Beverly Tudee, Hilary Tudee, Annett Tudee and others; and, a host of  cousins, other relatives, friends and associates in the United States, Europe, Liberia, and other African nations.

Wake-Keeping Service:

March 16, 2018 (6:00 PM-9:00 PM)
New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange
144 Norman Street, East Orange, NJ  07017

Funeral Service:
Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 10:00 AM
New Hope Baptist Church of East Orange
144 Norman Street, East Orange, NJ  07017


Celebration of Life Service will be held in Monrovia, Liberia

  • Date and venue will be determined later on and posted on TLC Africa

Prayer Service and Interment will take place in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County, Liberia

  • Date and venue will be determined later on and posted on TLC Africa

Gifts and Contributions:

In lieu of flowers, the Family of Hon. Seward Kannah Boons, Sr., will accept Donations and Contributions which can be sent to Gweyee Boons via Cash App using the cashtag$Gweyee Boons. Alternatively, Donations and Contributions can be deposited at Wells Fargo Bank (Routing # 021200025, Checking Account # 1568207466). Thank you in advance for your generous gift to underwrite costs associated with planned activities in Liberia indicated above.

Family Contacts:

  • Edith Walo-Smith, Niece, 201-920-7850
  • Lincoln Barh, Nephew, 973-517-6632
  • Sharon Brown, Close Family Friend, 757-633-8295

Hotel Accommodations:

  • Best Western/ Robert Treat Hotel, 50 Park Place, Newark NJ 07102

Phone # 973-622-1000

  • Comfort Suites, 1348 McCarter Highway, Newark, NJ 07104

Phone # 1-800-881-1523

  • Ramada Inn, 120 Evergreen Place, East Orange, NJ 07018

Phone # 973-609-5688

  • Marriott By Courtyard, Liberty International Airport, Newark NJ

Phone # 1973-643-8500