Grand Rapids Sister Cities

Sad Announcement: Benjamin Amponsah

The Grand Rapids Sister Cities International’s community received the following statement from the City of Grand Rapids’ official spokeperson:

“We are mourning the loss of two trailblazers who helped forge the cultural identity of our community. Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, City Commissioners, City Manager Mark Washington and City staff are extending heartfelt condolences to the friends and families of Cleo Parks and Benjamin Amponsah. Both are being laid to rest this week.


Benjamin was serving as President of Grand Rapids Sister Cities International at the time of his death. We salute his service and we thank him for his commitment to building and strengthening relationships between Grand Rapids and cities across the globe. We will miss his deep appreciation for cultures around the world and their importance here at home.”

The Grand Rapids Sister Cities International’s community extends its most heartfelt condolences to Ben’s family and friends.

Farewell, President Benjamin.