Donald 'Come on Down Now' Roberts Obituary
- Mar 9, 2019 - 1:17:09 PM
Don (to all of us) was a man who lived his life to the fullest.
He was a man who put his all into everything he did - so that he built
an impeccable reputation in Business, Fishing, Shooting or whatever his
He lived a full life so much so that in spite of all
the physical pain and misery he suffered, especially these past 4 years,
he didn’t want to leave it. His full life was rewarded with great
material success, especially in his last 20 years when he established
the Ace Dealership in Dolly Madison and built one of the most successful
businesses in Freeport if not the Bahamas using his personality and
skill, especially in merchandising and customer relations built over a
lifetime of accomplishments.
As I have said before, Don’s
business success was no accident: he made sure he had his numbers and he
studied them fastidiously.
In the past 3 years, in particular,
we his family, friends, his staff and close acquaintances have suffered
with Don over his declining health. Through it all, with
Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce on the loss of Donold Roberts
- Feb 7, 2019 - 7:41:10 PM
The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce mourns the loss of a major
Business Icon. Mr. Donold "Don" Roberts and his business establishment,
General Leasing (Dolly Madison), became a member of the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce during its early inception and continues to the
present time. Mr. Robert's contributions over the years to the community
of Grand Bahama has evolved into a legacy. His signature cigar and
famous "Come on Down" will long be remembered. In 2009 Mr. Robert's was
the recipient of The Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce Business Person
of the Year Award...
Memorial Concert Held to Honour Cultural Icon Audrey Dean-Wright
- Feb 5, 2019 - 6:50:36 PM
The late Audrey F. Dean-Wright had an almost infectious enthusiasm and
excitement for the arts that was paralleled by her fierce commitment to
educating and enlightening the youth who were drawn to her.
educator, she shared her knowledge without reservation; as a choir
director, she poured her passion into her young charges; and as a
patriot, she diligently cultivated a sense of community and allegiance
to good citizenship...
Former Cabinet Minister, Ervin Knowles dies at 84 years
- Jan 21, 2019 - 8:00:58 PM
Mr. Ervin Knowles, a former Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, has passed away at the age of 84 years.
Mr. Knowles was born in Nassau on May 17, 1934 to Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Knowles.
He attended Eastern Junior and Senior schools, and St. John’s College in Nassau.
A building contractor and land developer, Mr. Knowles was first elected
to Parliament in 1977 as a member of the Bahamian Democratic Party, but
resigned from the party in June 1978...
PM Minnis on Bradley Roberts' Passing
- Oct 25, 2018 - 8:09:21 PM
Cabinet Office announces the sudden passing today of former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister Bradley Roberts.
noted and successful businessman, Bradley Roberts was dedicated to
public life. He served for 40 years in the front line of politics,
twenty-five as a Member of Parliament. He was dedicated to the
Progressive Liberal Party, his political home, and up to his retirement
from the front line in October 2017, was the National Chairman of the
Progressive Liberal Party.
He served as Minister of Works and
Utilities and was also a former Minister of Immigration. As well as
being Chairman of the Progressive Liberal Party, he was Deputy Chairman
of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company..
Bradley Roberts dies at age 74
- Oct 25, 2018 - 4:00:57 PM
Former Cabinet Minister and Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts died today, the PLP has confirmed.
According to media reports he collapsed and was not able to be revived.
He was 74.
"He was sworn in as Minister of Works and Utilities on May 07, 2002 – five days after the PLP’s victory in the 2002 general election. He captured the Bain and Grant’s Town House of Assembly seat in the balloting..."
Governor General Pays Respects to Family of the Late Police Inspector Carlis Blatch
- Sep 17, 2018 - 8:05:17 PM
Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling
paid respects to the family of late Aide-de-Camp to the Governor
General, Police Inspector Carlis Blatch at their home in Yellow Elder on
Sunday, September 16, 2018. Photos show the Governor General visiting
with the family and presenting flowers to them.
BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson...
DNA: Condolences on passing of Inspector Carlos Blatch
- Sep 12, 2018 - 11:00:04 PM
I join with the Bahamian people in expressing my deep regret and
sympathies upon learning of the shooting incident that took place on our
streets here in the Capital, and the subsequent passing of aide-de-Camp
Inspector Carlis Blatch, who succumbed to injuries sustained during the
On behalf of the Democratic National Alliance,
our leaders, officers and members, I wish to extend sincere condolences
to Inspector Blatchs' family and the Royal Bahamas Police Force family...
Governor General's Statement on the Death of Inspector Carlis Blatch
- Sep 12, 2018 - 8:53:52 PM
Her Excellency, the Governor-General has been informed of the tragic
death of Inspector Carlis Blatch, who has served as Aide-de-Camp (ADC)
for the past four years. Her Excellency is deeply saddened by this
event, inasmuch as Inspector Blatch worked very closely with her in all
The Governor-General particularly extends sincere
sympathy to Mrs. Crystal Blatch and their children and wishes to assure
them of her prayers during this time of their bereavement.
Blatch has been on the staff of the Governor-General for the past 14
years, serving with distinction as the officer in charge of protocol,
then as ADC to the Governor-General...
Governor General Greets Family of Late Chief Justice Isaacs
- Sep 6, 2018 - 9:07:59 PM
General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling gives
condolences to the family of the late Hon. Mr. Justice Stephen G.
Isaacs, Chief Justice of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, at the
Lying-in-State at the Supreme Court on
September 6, 2018
. The State Funeral for the Chief Justice will take place
at Christ Church Cathedral.
Passing of David L. Johnson mourned by GBI Tourism Sector
- Aug 15, 2018 - 3:43:29 PM
David Livingstone Johnson, formerly President of the
Grand Bahama Island Tourism Board passed away, quietly at Princess
Margaret Hospital on Tuesday, August 14th, following a brief illness, at
the age of 67.
Dedicated to the successful development of
tourism in Grand Bahama, Mr. Johnson was influential in the decision to
reposition the destination away from the commercial image of “Freeport”
in the international marketplace replacing it with Grand Bahama Island.
The term he felt symbolized a multifaceted destination with historic
seaside settlements, beaches and cays along with the modern amenities
featuring golf, gaming, diving, fishing, soft adventures, shopping and
Highly regarded in his role as the technical leader of the Grand Bahama Island
Funeral for Phenton Neymour set for August 2
- Jul 27, 2018 - 12:16:57 PM
The Cabinet Office announced today that an Official Funeral will be held
for the late Mr. Phenton Neymour, former Cabinet Minister and
Parliamentarian, on Thursday, 2nd August, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ
Church Cathedral, George Street. Interment will follow at Woodlawn
Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
Further, the body will
lie-in-state in the foyer of the House of Assembly, Parliament Square,
from 9:00 a. m. on Wednesday 1st August until the body departs for the
church on Thursday, 2nd August, 2018...
Bishop Delton Fernander on the passing of Apostle J. Rodney Roberts
- Jul 25, 2018 - 1:22:52 PM
Today, the Christian community mourns
the passing of one of it's most prolific soldiers. Many Bahamians
knew Apostle J. Rodney Roberts affectionately by the name 'Coffee'.
He spent most of his life in the work of bringing souls to the
knowledge and love of God. From his days touring public schools
leading young people to Christ to the building of a successful
church, gospel music career and preaching and prophetic ministries,
Apostle Roberts was focused on spreading the gospel...
Maynard-Gibson Tribute to the Illustrious Basil Sands
- Jul 20, 2018 - 11:35:12 AM
Illustrious Basil Sands loved God. He was devoted to his God and his
Anglican Church, while respecting the many ways in which people express
During the Episcopacy of Bishops Eldon and
Gomez, Mr. Sands, the Treasurer of the Diocese, who served voluntarily,
designed and implemented strategies to strengthen the fiscal foundation
of the Diocese. He also served Bishop Boyd and remained available for
astute advice. The Bishops and he recognized the need for an holistic
approach to decision making.......
Bahamas Press Club saddened over death of its member Gina Morley
- May 7, 2018 - 12:21:09 AM
President of The Bahamas Press Club 2014 Anthony Capron said it is with
profound sadness, the organization notes the passing of Gina Morley, a
faithful member and colleague. She died on Thursday, May 3, 2018.
Morley was a former journalist who became an attorney and hosted the
genealogy programme “Bahamian Bio” on Sunday nights at 7pm, and the
“It’s The Law” legal tips, which aired at various times during the
weekday lineup on Guardian Radio.
“Ms Morley was a valued member of The Bahamas Press Club, who
contributed much to the progress of the BPC and her sage advice will be
Governor General attends funeral of Late George Cox
- Mar 28, 2018 - 6:01:07 PM
Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, along with
government officials, attended the funeral of the late George Cox, at
St. Anselm's Roman Catholic Church, officiated by Fr. Noel Clarke on
Wednesday, March 28, 2018.
(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
Leader of the Opposition on the passing of Theresa Moxey-Ingraham
- Mar 20, 2018 - 4:29:50 PM
Statement from the Leader of the Opposition On the passing of Theresa Moxey-Ingraham 20 March 2018
It is with great sadness that I learned of the passing of educator, parliamentarian and Cabinet Minister Theresa-Moxey-Ingraham.
a fellow parliamentarian, I have fond memories of our animated and
lively debates in the House of Assembly as we legislated laws and
formulated policies in our quest to build a better Bahamas...
Bahamian Olympian Sir Durward Knowles dies at 100
- Feb 24, 2018 - 4:15:16 PM
Bahamian sailing legend, and Olympian Sir.
Durward Knowles passed away today in Nassau, New Providence.
He competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan where he won a gold medal in the Star class together with Cecil Cooke.
Sir Durward turned 100 on November 2, 2017...
Statement on the passing of Mrs Patricia Bazard
- Dec 26, 2017 - 10:43:03 AM
Statement from the Office of the Chairman Progressive Liberal Party On The Passing of Patricia Bazard:
PLP is saddened this Christmas Day having learned of the passing of
Patricia Bazard who is a cultural icon in our country. She was a team
with the late Clement Bethel in establishing the formal thrust for
public policy in culture in The Bahamas.
She herself was an actor, a story teller, a song bird, a chorister. We have lost an exemplary talent in her passing...
House of Assembly Laying-in-State of Dr. Nottage
- Jul 14, 2017 - 1:30:15 PM
Widow of the late Dr. Bernard Nottage, Mrs. Portia Nottage (centre)
arrives at the House of Assembly with members of the family for the
Laying-in-State of Dr. Nottage, July 13, 2017 in the House of Assembly's
Following the family in paying respects were Governor General
Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling, Prime Minister Dr. the Hon.
Hubert Minnis, Leader of the Opposition the Hon. Philip Davis, other
officials, and the general public...