by the Governor General
is with great sadness that Joan I learned of the death of Sir Clifford
Darling today. Along with all the Bahamian people we mourn the
death of an outstanding Bahamian leader and nation-builder. Sir
Clifford’s passing is also a personal loss as he was for years a colleague
and for decades a good friend.
Clifford was among those extraordinary Bahamian leaders who commanded
the Bahamian stage during the history-making years of the Fifties and
Sixties, and he played his considerable role with dedication and with
his characteristic dignity.
Clifford served his beloved Bahamas in many ways since his birth in
Chester’s, Acklins. He was President of the Taxi-cab Union during
the general strike of 1958, served in both Houses of Parliament, as
a Cabinet Minister, as Speaker of the House of Assembly and as the fourth
Bahamian Governor General. Even as we mourn his loss we also thank
God for a life that was well-lived and wonderfully fruitful.
behalf of a grateful nation I extend sincere condolences to Lady Darling,
Sir Clifford’s children and other family members. Joan and our
entire family join me in extending deepest sympathy to Lady Darling
and the family during this their time of bereavement.