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
 Printer 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

Enter your Email Address


Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz

Bahamas Information Services Updates
Latest Headlines
Bahamas signs on to Air Passenger Services Agreement at Saint Lucia
Tabernacle Baptist’s Stellar Track Team Visits Minister for Grand Bahama
URCA Holds Town Meeting on ICT Innovation & Connectivity
Minister Dorsett Petroleum Communication‏
Prime Minister Christie provides updates on Eleuthera at 3rd Annual Eleuthera Business Outlook‏
Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas turn 80
National Arts Festival at North Andros Schools
Minister of Health Calls on Bahamas’ UN Ambassador in Geneva
Mitchell participates in COFCOR meeting
State-Recognized Funeral announced for former Senator, Mrs. Mizpah Tertullien
Bahamas Government Presents Single Largest Regatta Subvention
Darville Welcomes Global Leadership Academy of Philadelphia to Grand Bahama
National Arts Festival photos from Central Andros
Bahamas Office of the Data Protection Commissioner on the Draft Freedom of Information Bill 2015‏
Grand Bahama Gospel Concert to Assist Pastor Lindy Russell
Jobs Forecasted for South Eleuthera with Cotton Bay Resurgence
Junkanoo Corporation Awards Banquet‏
Grand Bahama Nurses Undergo Leadership Training and Certification
NEMA Team Undergoes Hazardous Material Response Exercise in Rhode Island
Temporary Closure of Port Department & Road Traffic Department Offices in Grand Bahama
Bahamas Immigration Reserve and Belonger's Permit Established
Several Bahamas' government websites hacked by Tunisian Islamist activist group
Bahamas Releases Proposed FATCA Legislation & Guidance Notes For Industry Consultation
Andrew Strachan Appointed Bahamas Compliance Commission Inspector
Minister Wilchcombe Tells Tabernacle Students School is Preparation for Life
Tourism Minister Applauds Sunland Athletic Achievements
Bahamas Attorney General's Office on Extradition Files
DPM Davis on Selection of Preferred Bidder for BEC
Mitchell meets with Deputy Foreign Minister of Qatar
UHC to Result in Positive Transformation of Healthcare Industry
Artisans Want to Expand through Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival
Well-Known Nun Named as Patron of Newly-Established Government Pre-School
Bahamians using renewable energy systems reminded to register
South Andros E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Adjudications
Bahamasair and Public Managers Union Sign Industrial Agreement
The Bahamas - Marco Rolle, to assume the Chair of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Health
Bimini represents at the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival
Justice Joseph Strachan (Ret’d) to conduct independent review into delay of Black and Veatch report
PM Christie In Martinique for CARICOM Discussions on Climate Issues
Long Island - Cockburn Town, San Salvador‏ in the E. Clement Bethel National Arts Festival Held