[xml][/xml]
The Bahamas Weekly Facebook The Bahamas Weekly Twitter
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates Last Updated: May 7, 2015 - 7:57:38 AM


Former Police Commissioner Bonamy heeded the call to national service
By Llonella Gilbert
Mar 7, 2013 - 11:49:20 AM

Email this article
 Mobile friendly page

Nassau, Bahamas - “Former Commissioner of Police Bernard Kenneth Bonamy, like so many before him, heeded the call to national service and stood strong and dedicated, guided by that call to the very end,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works and Urban Development the Hon. Philip Davis said.

During the Memorial Service for the former Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Prime Minister said The Bahamas lost a true soldier at 2 p.m. on February 22, 2013 when Mr. Bonamy passed from this plane of existence into eternal life at the age of 67.

Deputy Prime Minister Davis described Mr. Bonamy as being ambitious, courageous, disciplined, strong, visionary, inventive, creative and imaginative.

He added that the former Police Commissioner held true to his native Cat Island roots, “with what many described as an indomitable spirit that drove him to the zenith of his career”.

“BK, as we affectionately called him, was a policeman’s policeman.

“He was the lawman who not only upheld the law, but he knew the law.”

The Deputy Prime Minister said the former Police Commissioner’s passionate zeal for education fuelled his determination to study the law, enabling him to proudly hold his LL.B degree in 1978.

“His quiet, humble, debonair Bahamian spirit was clearly evident.”

Deputy Prime Minister Davis said, “He was a soldier, not just in the military sense, but a real Bahamian soldier- proud to be a part of our Bahamaland and proud to represent the same all over the world.”

He also noted that Mr. Bonamy ate, slept and lived law enforcement.

“In fact - BK really never left the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The national security of Bahamians was always on his mind.”

The Deputy Prime Minister said 10 days before his passing, Mr. Bonamy sent him an email giving advice on Urban Renewal and sharing ideas to move the programme forward.

“He was excited by the idea of civilians working along with officers. He believed it was the right formula to combat crime.

“BK yearned for a crime-free society and worked towards achieving that goal, inside and outside of the walls of the police force.

“He was a no-nonsense type of man and when he showed you a smile on that rare occasion, you knew it was a genuine gesture.”

Speaking of the former Police Commissioner’s character, Deputy Prime Minister Davis said, “Some would say the longest serving Commissioner of Police was a “human lie detector”.

“He needed no machine to detect the truth or a lie coming from a human being and because of this, many shuddered to be in the front of him and made it easy on themselves by being upfront, quickly confessing whatever they knew about a crime.”

Mr. Bonamy enlisted into the Royal Bahamas Force on June 17, 1963 and served with distinction for 38 years.

A native of Arthur’s Town, Cat Island, Mr. Bonamy rose from the rank of Constable to the prestigious position of Commissioner of Police; an office he dutifully held for 14 years during the period 1987 to 2001.

This milestone made Commissioner Bonamy the longest serving Commissioner in an independent Bahamas.

During his career, Mr. Bonamy received numerous awards and honours. 

In 1985, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the Lieutenant of the Victorian Order (LVO) on Mr. Bonamy and in 2000, he received the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM).

He leaves behind his wife Shirley and five sons and two daughters.


RELATED:

Brave Davis Remarks at the Memorial Service for the late Bernard Kenneth Bonamy

Brave Davis on the passing of Mr. B. K. Bonamy

PM Christie on the passing of Former Commissioner of Police Bernard K. Bonamy Sr.

RBPF Death Notice: Bernard Kenneth Bonamy, retired Bahamas Commissioner of Police


Bookmark and Share


© Copyright 2013 by thebahamasweekly.com

Top of Page

Receive our Top Stories



Preview | Powered by CommandBlast

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Former Governor Generals of The Bahamas Support Gender Equality
Prime Minister Tours Road Fever Companies
IFIE Americas Working Group Meeting Bahamas
Bahamian saxophonist Ralph Munnings honoured at International Jazz Day in Nassau
Agape Christian School, Marsh Harbour, call on Bahamas Governor General
Palmdale Primary School Students Visit the Prime Minister
Young Marine Explorers call on Bahamas Governor General
People's Hope Ministries of Washington calls on the Governor General
Remarks by Prime Minister Christie at the Opening of the Sir Jack Hayward Bridge, Grand Bahama‏
3 Bahamian Sailors Awarded for Efforts to Sustain Bahamian Tradition
Lessons of the Basketball Court Can Apply to Life, says Minister Wilchcombe
Teaching COB Students to Sustain Viable Business Enterprises Through Co-ops
The Bahamas to Host Ministerial Meeting on Education of the OAS in 2017
UK Affirms Longstanding Friendship with Caribbean and Financial Support for Infrastructural Development
Sir Jack Hayward Bridge officially opened by PM Christie
CARICOM Secretary General Thankful for UK-Caribbean Forum; Expresses the Issues
Sir Jack Hayward remembered at Bridge Opening in Grand Bahama
Regatta: Economic Cornerstone of Family Island Economies
Stronger UK, Caribbean Relations Requires Deeper Re-engagement and Commitment, says PM Christie
Bahamas to Host OAS Ministerial Meeting on Education in 2017
New Hope Missionary Baptist Church celebrates 40 Years
Child Protection Officials Take Fight Nationally
AMMC Visits Minister for Grand Bahama
High Rock Primary Students and Teachers of the Bluff, South Andros, Tour Government House
Government opens Consumer Protection Commission Centre
All eyes on Elizabeth Harbour – it’s Exuma Regatta!
Bahamians Urged to Prepare for NHI Bahamas Phase 2 and Register for the NIB Smart Card
CARICOM Countries Seeks Ways to Strengthen Social Security
Nassau passport office reopened after power failure
Response to Auditor General's Report by Ministry of Social Services
Bahamian Students March Against Child Abuse
Bahamasair to start Freeport - Orlando service
Health Minister Applauds Nation’s Success in Immunization
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson Responds to Dame Joan Sawyer
Bahamas PM Urges Hemisphere to Do More for the Poor
Roberts: Remarks at National General Council meeting
Bahamas PM Remarks at UN Debate on Achieving Sustainable Development Goals
Bahamas Government on Illegal Drone Activity
Mitchell & Fitzgerald on purported injunction against parliamentarians
Earth Day Message by Bahamas Minister of the Environment