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Professor Winston Ransford Edmondson-Deigh was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone on May 16, 1940 to Mr. Sonny Joshua Edmondson-Deigh of Prince Street and Ms. Madeleine Marlin of Sussex Village. He attended the St. John School and Government Model Primary School, and later attended the Prince of Wales Secondary School. Upon completion of his secondary school education, he worked in Freetown and later traveled to London, England in 1962, to pursue his university education in Economics at The University of Hall, United Kingdom, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1967. Upon graduation from his undergraduate studies, he went on to pursue a postgraduate master’s degree in Econometrics from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom. Upon graduation in 1969, he started working for the Royal Mail Service as an Executive Officer (Class 1), and later that year, he married his sweetheart, Austina Mac-Harding, and they were blessed with two children, Winston, Jr. and Eugene.
In 1971, Winston was recruited by the Bank of Sierra Leone and relocated to Freetown, Sierra Leone to start his banking career. Upon joining the bank in Freetown, he worked as a Sr. Research Assistant in the Research Department, Bank of Sierra Leone. Four years later, he was awarded a scholarship in 1975 to pursue a second master’s degree in Finance at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Upon completion, he returned to the Research Department at the Bank of Sierra Leone, where he rose to the rank of Senior Manager. He also lectured part-time in the Economics Department at the University of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College (FBC) for several years. In 1983, he was transferred to the Kenema Branch of Bank of Sierra Leone for 3 years to work as the Bank's Deputy Director. After completing his tour, he returned to Freetown and worked in the Banking Administration Department as the Asst. Head of Department. While working at the Bank, he continued to lecture as a Part-Time Economics Professor at both FBC and the IPAM, and also provided consultation services to the World Bank, United Nations, and Commonwealth Secretariat until his early retirement from the Bank in 1992, to join his family in the United States. In the United States, he lectured Economics at Strayer University for 18 years and rose to the rank of Asst. Dean in the Business and Economics Department. He retired from Strayer University in 2012.
As a child growing up, Winston was athletic and played multiple sports, including lawn tennis and squash. As an adult, he loved sports and enjoyed watching football, and was an active football supporter of Mighty Blackpool Football Club in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Winston was truly a servant-leader who would go out of his way to help and aid anyone in need. He was a great husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and an excellent provider who had an unwavering love for his family, seven grandchildren and close friends. He will be missed and will forever be in our hearts.
Winston is mourned by his wife of 52 and a half years, Austina D. Edmondson-Deigh.
Children: Winston, Jr. and Eugene Edmondson-Deigh.
Daughter-in-Law: Adebukola Edmondson-Deigh
Grand Children: Kaya-Nadine, Xavier, Austin, Zachary, Preston, Kunmi and Misola Edmondson-Deigh.
Brother: Balogun Sigismond Johnson (Banjul, Gambia)
Sisters: Victoria Hall-Gage, Marion Rollings-Kamara, Amy Deigh, and Rita Edmondson-Deigh.
Nieces & Nephews: Beatrice, Oladipo & Luisa Porter; Duncan & Arnold Lynch; Fiona & Raymond Scott; Abdul, Mahmood & Mathila Rollings-Kamara; Emmanuel & Mercy Rollings-Kamara; Sheriff, Mohammed & Abdul Rollings-Kamara; Dr. Victoria & Herman Gilgore; Samuel & Bri Nwosu; Dr. Newtona Johnson, Gerald, Eugene and Herbert Marlin.
In-Laws: Josephine Edmondson-Deigh, Mr. & Mrs. Clifton Fyle, Mr. Darius Ahoussi, Mr. Samuel Nwosu, and Mr. & Mrs. Demola Onaadepo
Beloved Relatives & Close Friends (Home & Abroad): The entire Deigh family, Porter, Lynch, Rollings-Kamara, Bola-Clarkson, Olu-Harding, Frazer, Warne, Atkins, Rex-Johnson, Smith, Scott, Fowler, Spain-Younge, Wilson, Rhayban, Davis families at home and abroad, Christopher Macauley, Eugene Lisk, Creenaugh Thomas, Rita Thomas, Coulsona Leigh, Dr. Septimus George, Kenneth I.S. Macauley, Benoni Johnson, Dr. Alex Johnson, Darlo & Daisy Gilpin, Daphne Ojeah, Daphne Young, Jeffrey & Gloria Jones, and many more.
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