Mr. John Torgbigah Kwaku Legbedze (aka: Resking Joe), 77, of Jamaica, Queens, New York passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
We respectfully request that no one arrive at the funeral home prior to the posted visitation times, so as not to intrude on the family’s private time.
Family and friends are invited to the visitation in the Kowalski Funeral Home, 515 Roselle Street, Linden on Friday, July 22nd from 3:30-7:30PM. During the visitation at 5:30PM, there will be a funeral service offered by Rev. Miriam E. Sedzro in the funeral home, followed by a sharing of memories. On Saturday, July 23rd at 10:00AM, everyone will gather in the funeral home parking lot, where we will form the traditional procession to Rosedale Cemetery in Linden. The prayers of committal will precede Mr. Legbedze’s burial in the family plot.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donation be made to the National Kidney Foundation, by mail at 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016 or online at http://www.kidney.org.
Mr. Legbedze, the son of the late Charles Legbedze and the late Agnes Kortia, was born in Zaire (formerly known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo) on July 19, 1944. His family moved to Keta, Ghana and he started his education at the Bremen Mission Primary and Middle School, later known as Keta Ewe Presbyterian Church School, where he completed in 1961. He then went on to attend Kaneshie Technical School and Takoradi Polytechnic.
He left Ghana and moved to Tunis, Tunisia in 1968. During his time in Tunisia, he worked at the Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He came to the United States in 1969, living in Harlem, New York for eight years before settling in Jamaica, New York forty-five years ago. Mr. Legbedze was employed as a taxi driver for Arthur Cab Leasing Corporation in Long Island City, New York for nearly twenty-five years before retiring.
Mr. Legbedze was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and dedicated friend. He had a caring spirit and was always willing to share his advice. He had some outstanding culinary skills and enjoyed cooking in his home for family and friends. He also enjoyed traveling in his spare time, seeing new sights and meeting new people. He was also a car fanatic and you could definitely find him at the various car shows and exhibits around the area. Even with all his hobbies, Mr. Legbedze’s favorite part of life was simply spending quality time with his family, whether it was just hanging around the house or gathering together for a big party or celebration.
Mr. Legbedze is survived by his three daughters, Jennifer Vondee and her husband, Martin; Priscilla Amegbor and her husband, James and Justine Legbedze; his brother, Adolph Kwaku Legbedze; his sister, Mary Adzo Legbedze; his nieces and nephews; and his six grandchildren; Ephraim Vondee, Eliana Vondee, Norah Vondee, James Amegbor Jr., Jesselyn Amegbor and Jason Amegbor. He holds in his heart the blessed memory of his two sisters, who predeceased him, MaryRose Afi Legbedze and Christine Kortia.
Mr. Legbedze was the center of life for his family, and he had an abundance of love for everyone in his circle. He will be deeply missed but he will never be forgotten.