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Edgecombe Hailed As 'A Good and Faithful Servant' by Prime Minister Christie - Apr 23, 2015 - 1:38:20 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, on Friday during her Service of Thanksgiving, hailed Deputy Director of Education (Northern Bahamas), Mrs. Sandra Edgecombe, as a good and faithful servant who served the country well, particularly education.

The 10:00am service at First Baptist Church, attracted hundreds of mourners from all walks of life providing an atmosphere of celebration rather than sadness for the sudden passing of Mrs. Edgecombe...

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Johnny Kemp was a musical icon before he "got paid" - Apr 23, 2015 - 2:04:39 AM

News of international recording artist Johnny Kemp's death proved sudden and sad this past weekend.

Long before Kemp's Grammy nominee and R&B TOP 100 Chart achievements related to his 'JUST GOT PAID' hit that made us all so proud, he represented what was great about entertainment on Grand Bahama.

In the 1970's the then Freeport High School now Bishop Michael Eldon put on some incredible and popular talent shows. Among the anticipated acts were a David Bowen dance and a bring down the house song by a young, handsome and talented Johnny Kemp...
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Bahamas statement on the death of Johnny Kemp - Apr 19, 2015 - 12:50:26 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - On Thursday, 16th April, 2015, Alveta Knight, Bahamas Honorary Consul in Jamaica was notified by the Royal Jamaican Police Force that a fully clothed but unresponsive man was recovered by the Jamaican Maritime Police in the waters off One Man Beach, Gloucester Avenue, Montego Bay, Jamaica in the Parish of St. James. Identification in the clothing revealed the name Jonathan Kemp in a Bahamian Passport.

The Honorary Consul was asked by the next of kin to assist with the formalities in Jamaica associated with the discovery and death. An autopsy is to be performed to determine the cause of death...
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Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama Passes Suddenly - Apr 3, 2015 - 4:39:56 AM

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is deeply saddened at this time as we mourn the loss of our colleague and friend, Mrs. Sandra Edgecombe, Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama.

Mrs. Edgecombe entered the public service in 1974. She was transferred to the Grand Bahama District in 1978. The consummate professional and a career educator, Mrs. Edgecombe ascended from trainee teacher to trained teacher, reaching the pinnacle of her career as Deputy Director of Education with responsibility for Grand Bahama, Bimini and Grand Cay...
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GBEMAA on the passing of Albert McKinney - Mar 16, 2015 - 1:29:13 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - The executive board of the Grand Bahama Entertainers, Musicians, and Artists Association (GBEMAA) is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its members.

Albert Mckinney passed away at The Rand Memorial Hospital on Thursday.

Condolences go out to his family, friends and fellow entertainers.
The industry has lost a bright star.
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Bradley Roberts on the passing of Mrs. Dorothy Davis nee Smith - Mar 14, 2015 - 12:39:36 PM

The earthly sojourn of the matriarch of the Davis family came to a quiet end this morning and it is with mixed emotions that the family of the Progressive Liberal Party mourns her passing while celebrating her long and fruitful life coupled with her endearing and enduring legacies.

Dead is Mrs. Dorothy Davis, mother of the Deputy Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Minister of Works and Urban Development and the Honourable member for Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador.

The communities of Exuma Island and Cat Island have lost a revered leader and the Davis family has lost a loving, stern
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Freeport, Bahamas memorial held for Sir Jack Hayward - Feb 27, 2015 - 5:11:56 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - A Memorial Service was held for Sir Jack A. Hayward, Kt., OBE on February 23, 2015 at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ of the King, East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The Service was officiated by Archdeacon Harry Bain. The Grand Bahama Children's Choir performed during the service.

In attendance was the Rt Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister of The Bahamas; Hon. Hubert Ingraham, Former Prime Minister; members of parliament; local dignitaries; members of civic and charity groups; friends and family. 

Sir Jack, as he was affectionately known, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 91 years...

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Archdeacon Bain's address at the late Sir Jack Hayward's Memorial Service‏ - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:39:53 PM

On this February 23, 2015, we as a Grand Bahama Community, and by extension, a nation, gather to pay tribute, celebrate, and memorialized the life of a great British - Bahamian son. On behalf of the membership of the Pro Cathedral of Christ The King, the entire Anglican Diocese, my wife Ann and I, I extend condolences to Sir Jack Hayward's family, colleagues, and friends.
Many adjectives, stories, and accolades have been echoed with regards to Sir Jack's life. After all, this was a man knighted by the Queen, a hero in his homeland, Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Reports indicate, thousands lined the streets to bid final farewell in the UK earlier this month...

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Tribute to the Late Sir Jack A. Hayward‏ by Sarah St. George - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:15:37 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - A Memorial Service was held for Sir Jack A. Hayward, Kt., OBE on February 23, 2015 at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ of the King, East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island:

The following is a tribute by
Sarah St George:

This is a bittersweet day; because today as we mourn Sir Jack and pay tribute to him, he’d want us to celebrate his lifelong work and the remarkable creation of this Magic City we call our home – and all in a mere 60 years...
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Bahamas PM Describes Sir Jack as a Key Contributor to the Development of the Country - Feb 26, 2015 - 2:04:37 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama - Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie on Monday described Sir Jack Hayward as being as person who was "generous to a fault" and touched thousands of lives both here in abroad.

The Prime Minister paid tribute during a memorial service at Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King in Freeport, held in honour of Sir Jack, who passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

He said Sir Jack had an 'infectious optimism' for the future of the island...
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Condolences by PM Christie on passing of William Saunders - Feb 25, 2015 - 9:12:01 PM

Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie issued the following statement regarding the passing of Mr. William Saunders:

“I wish to offer condolences in my capacity as Prime Minister and on behalf of Minister of Tourism and the Government and people of the Bahamas to the family of Mr. William “Bill” Saunders on his passing. Mr. Saunders who for many years was the owner and operator of Majestic Tours was a pioneer in the tourism industry for more than 50 years and through his prodigious efforts contributed to the growth of the industry.

It may be recalled that his company Majestic Tour was built from scratch and through hard work, careful planning and sound management grew to become one of the larger tour operators in The Bahamas. His company was a perfect example of private /public sector collaboration and co-operation as he always made himself available to accompany the Ministry of Tourism on its various promotional tours throughout the world
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Sir Jack Hayward's eulogy delivered by Erika Gates at Freeport memorial service - Feb 24, 2015 - 4:51:16 PM

Good afternoon,

My name is Erika Gates and I am honored to have been asked to give the eulogy of a truly remarkable man who played a major role in the development of this island that we call home. 

I can’t remember the exact date or occasion that I first met Sir Jack - I have been a citizen of the Bahamas and a resident of Freeport since the early seventies, but he was here at least 14 years before I arrived.

However, through my contacts with him over the span of those 40 plus years it became clear to me and certainly to those who knew him well, that he had a genuine love for this island and its people and a burning desire to see it grow and prosper.

Sir Jack Hayward, as he later became known, following his knighthood in 1986, was the only child born to Charles and Hilda Hayward on June 14, 1923 in Wolverhampton,
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Sir Jack A. Hayward Grand Bahama Memorial Service set for Monday Feb. 23rd - Feb 20, 2015 - 4:08:36 PM

Freeport, The Bahamas - A Memorial Service will be held for Sir Jack A. Hayward, Kt., OBE on February 23, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. at the Pro-Cathedral of Christ of the King, East Atlantic Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. The Service will be officiated by Archdeacon Harry Bain.

Sir Jack, as he was affectionately known, passed away on Tuesday, January 13, 2015, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 91 years.

Sir Jack is survived by his wife Lady Hayward, and his partner of many years, Mrs. Patricia Bloom, who was at his side throughout his illness...
Bahamian legend, Johnny Kemp passes suddenly at age 55 - Apr 17, 2015 - 2:44:19 PM

We are saddened to learn of the sudden passing of Bahamian music legend, Johnny Kemp. He died on April 16th. He was 55. Details on the cause of death are yet to be confirmed.

Initial reports said he died on board a cruise. Later reports said he died after falling on rocks on the beach in Jamaica. Reports were that Kemp was to join a Tom Joyner cruise in Jamaica. Friday evening, TMZ reported that "Kemp died while vacationing in Jamaica. He was reportedly found floating on a beach in Montego Bay. It's unclear at this point what caused his death."
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Hon. Fred Mitchell on the death of Sandra Edgecombe - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:48:24 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration:

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sandra Edgecombe, the Deputy Director of Education in Freeport, Grand Bahama.

This is shocking news. It is hard to absorb. She was a friend and a traveler in the journey of the progressive movement. She brought her love of life and of The Bahamas and its people to all that she did. She was the daughter in law of my late mentor...

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Minister Wilchcombe's tribute to the life of educator the late Sandra Edgecombe - Mar 31, 2015 - 5:44:53 PM

Statement issued by the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe Member of Parliament, West Grand Bahama and Bimini Minister of Tourism:

Sandra Edgecombe was the preeminent Blue Jay! She made real the hopes and dreams of thousands. She admonished, encouraged and nurtured young men and young women to become citizens of purpose and commitment.
Her life was dedicated to the education of the nation’s youth.

She embodied the ideals of the great educators who believe that education is the passage to true freedom in the journey to a higher quality...
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Grand Bahama Minister Darville Conveys Condolences on Passing of Deputy Director of Education - Mar 31, 2015 - 4:05:38 PM

Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, M.P., Minister For Grand Bahama on the passing of Mrs. Sandra Arlene Edgecombe, Deputy Director Of Education For Grand Bahama Island, Bimini & Grand Cay, The Bahamas Ministry Of Education, Science & Technology:

Today is indeed a sad day in The Bahamas and particularly on the island of Grand Bahama, as we mourn the sudden loss of veteran educator, Mrs. Sandra Arlene Edgecombe. As most Bahamians residing in the Northern Bahamas are aware, Mrs. Edgecombe was employed at The Bahamas Ministry of Education, Science & Technology in the capacity of Deputy Director of Education for Grand Bahama Island, Bimini & Grand Cay.
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Maitland Cates on the passing of Alan Holland Briggs - Mar 6, 2015 - 12:28:07 PM

It is with great sadness that I have only just learned of the passing of Mr. Alan Holland Briggs in Douglas, Isle of Man, England, on 6th April, 2013 at age 89 years.

Mr. Briggs an English Chartered Accountant came to Nassau with his wife Jean in 1956 and was employed by the firm of Andreae and Fingland, which later became Price Waterhouse. He became a Partner in Andreae and Fingland in 1960 and in Price Waterhouse in 1963. The firm of Andreae and Fingland was founded by Mr. Philip William Andreae and Mr. Edward Rhodes Fingland...
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Opposition Leader Expresses Condolences On The Passing Of William Saunders - Feb 25, 2015 - 5:36:05 PM

It is with profound sorrow that on behalf of my Wife, Patricia, the Parliamentarians, Executive Officers and members of the party, and as the Leader of the FNM, I express sincere condolences to the family of the Late William Saunders, upon his sudden and passing.

Mr. Saunders was a well known and successful entrepreneur, and pioneer in the development of Bahamian participation and ownership in the Tourism industry. His contribution to National development was truly Majestic in its scope and impact. On many occasions Mr. Saunders was known to undertake his own touristic promotional tours abroad, at his own expense, to promote his Company, Majestic Tours...
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Service for the Late Police Constable 983 Latorio Demeritte - Feb 18, 2015 - 3:35:09 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – A Service of Celebration for the life of the late Police Constable 983 Latorio Demeritte, was held Wednesday, February 18, at Bahamas Faith Ministries International.  PC 983 Demeritte died in an accident while on duty, February 2. 

Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, second right, and Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, right, were among those who attended the service and paid their respects.
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