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Hon. Hubert Minnis on the Passing and Life of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 19, 2015 - 7:06:00 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Patricia and I were deeply saddened when we learned of the passing of the Honorary Chairman and Co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited and the Port Group Limited, Sir Jack Hayward. Born in Woverhampton, England in 1923, he was fiercely patriotic and well-known as “Union Jack”. He was knighted in 1986 for his many contributions to Britain.

Sir Jack will be remembered in The Bahamas as a successful businessman and one of the founding fathers and architects of Freeport. Coming to The Bahamas in 1956 he was a true nation builder, as thousands of Bahamians from all walks of life and every island of our Commonwealth came to live and benefit from the development of our nation’s second city...

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Military Service for Corporal Samantha McIntosh of the RBPF‏ - Jan 17, 2015 - 8:16:51 AM

Freeport, Bahamas - W/Cpl 1870 Samantha McIntosh of the Royal Bahamas Police Force was laid to rest on Thursday and was given the full royal treatment by the military force of Grand Bahama, a full military service. Assistant Commissioner of Police for Grand Bahama Emmerick Seymour was in the procession. Mrs. McIntosh,  who passed away on December 26th, 2014, in the United States, was  reposed at Gerald Bartlett Complex police headquarters where family, colleagues and friends paid their last respects on Wednesday.

The funeral service was held on Thursday at the Universal Household of Faith, Hawksbill High School Building. Shown are officers escorting W/Cpl McIntosh...
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Grand Bahama Port Authority on the death of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 16, 2015 - 3:34:51 PM

Freeport, Grand Bahama - It is with deep sadness that we confirm the death of beloved Honorary Chairman, Sir Jack Hayward, who passed away peacefully in Ft. Lauderdale today after courageously battling illness for several months with the same fighting spirit and wit for which he was so well known.  

Freeport has lost the last of its original founding fathers and a great philanthropist. Sarah St. George, Vice Chairman of The Grand Bahama Port Authority and Group of Companies says, “Sir Jack was a cornerstone in Freeport’s living history and this is a sad day for us all.  He was a truly unique man with an epic life and I was privileged to work side by side with him and experience firsthand his determination, bravery, passion and humour.  I will miss him immensely...”
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Bahamas Prime Minister on the passing of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 16, 2015 - 3:34:46 PM

I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing this morning of Sir Jack Hayward. He was by common acclaim the single most important figure behind the economic development of the city of Freeport, Grand Bahama, in the post-Independence era, having succeeded to the leading position held by his late father, Sir Charles Hayward, in the Grand Bahama Port Authority.

Sir Jack was a colourful, larger-than-life personality who was held in great affection by the Bahamian people and by successive governments of our nation. He was widely admired for his candour, warmth, generous philanthropy, and deeply held dual patriotism for his native England and The Bahamas...
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HSGB: In Loving Memory of Sir Jack Hayward, O.B.E. - Jan 16, 2015 - 12:47:25 PM

Sir Jack Hayward did so much for this country. He came here as a young man and carried on his father's work and he did so with enthusiasm and diligence.  He loved Freeport so much that he made it his home base, and he devoted his life to the betterment of Freeport, and indeed, the entire island of Grand Bahama.   

He had an amazing life, filled with adventure and lived with gusto. He was also a great patriot, an astute businessman, and a generous philanthropist. He was an incredible raconteur and could hold any audience, large or small, spellbound with his stories.  During meetings, he had a knack for putting everyone at ease immediately with his charm, but he would also never lose sight of the main point and never hesitated to express his views or give his thoughtful advice. 
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Frances S. Hayward: My Personal Tribute to Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 16, 2015 - 9:42:42 AM

Sir Jack and I were together for thirty-five glorious years, during which we shared the most wonderful times. My own uncle was a songwriter in Hollywood who wrote the lyrics for the song “Thanks for the Memories” which was Bob Hope’s theme song and in fact won an Oscar in 1942 – Oscars looked a lot different then…..

But “Thanks for the Memories” was the perfect description of Jack and my life together – which was unique and in a class by itself – in many ways far more quiet and low keyed then one would think. We very rarely went out – we stayed in, in our lovely house in Freeport – eating dinner off trays in our bedroom. We were not ‘party people….’

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The Salvation Army (Freeport) on the passing of Sir Jack Hayward‏ - Jan 15, 2015 - 11:22:04 PM

Freeport, Bahamas - It is with deep sadness that we acknowledge the passing of a Lifetime Supporter and Friend of The Salvation Army, Freeport Corps, Sir Jack Hayward. Sir Jack was instrumental in the commencement of the work of The Salvation Army here in 1985. And, over the years, continued as a supporter both financially and through the generous giving of his time and expertise. He was a member and Chairman of the Advisory Board from 1985 through the 1990’s and received the title of “Honorary Chair” and “Lifetime Member” to the board...
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Sir Jack Hayward dies in Florida at 91 - Jan 15, 2015 - 11:58:10 AM

Honourary chairman and co-owner of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Sir Jack Hayward passed away on January 13th, 2015 at the age of 91. He had been unwell for several months and died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Fondly known as 'Union Jack' for his philanthropic work Sir Jack was also the former owner of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC who today released the following statement:

"Wolves would like to extend its deepest and most sincere condolences to Sir Jack’s wife, Lady Hayward, his companion of many years, Patti Bloom, and all his family and friends at home and across the world.
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Rotary Clubs of Grand Bahama on the passing of Sir Jack Hayward - Jan 15, 2015 - 7:25:45 AM

On behalf of the Rotary Clubs in Freeport namely The Rotary Club of Freeport, The Lucaya Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of G.B. Sunrise and The Rotary Club of Grand Bahama Sunset. I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Sir. Jack A. Hayward Kt.O.B.E. to his family, love ones, the Management and Staff of the Grand Bahama Port Authority Limited.

Sir. Jack was a member of the Rotary Club of Freeport from its early days and was made an Honorary Member of that Club.

Sir. Jack was a great man and a great Rotarian, and always supported Rotary in Freeport in all its endeavors and especially charitable...
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Bahamas Acting PM offers condolences on passing of Reno Brown and Hubert Dean‏ - Jan 7, 2015 - 11:18:14 AM

The Hon. Philip Davis, MP, in his capacity as Acting Prime Minister, has extended the deep condolence of the Government of The Bahamas to the families of Mr. Reno Brown and Mr. Hubert Dean on the passing of two distinguished Bahamians. In particular, Mr. Davis said that his thoughts and prayers go out to their respective spouses Mrs. Mary Brown and family, and to Mrs. Dianne Dean and family at this time.

The Acting Prime Minister noted that both men had distinguished themselves in the field of financial services when this sector was almost exclusively reserved for expatriates and when it was still a nascent industry in The Bahamas in the fifties and sixties.  Mr. Reno Brown rose to prominence at the Sassoon Banking Group, and Mr. Hubert Dean was one of the early pioneers in the Central Bank...
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Family of the late Sgt. 1475 Wayne Rolle sends message to the community - Jan 6, 2015 - 10:48:41 PM

The family of the late Sgt. 1475 Wayne Rolle would like to express our profound gratitude for the support and prayers given to the family during his recent passing. His tragic death sent shock waves through our family, his colleagues, friends, and community. We all know and appreciate that in life, death is certain; however, we never expected our loved one to be a murder statistic. The way he died was senseless and cruel and is particularly difficult for his three children, who still grapple and will continue to grapple with this tragedy in the weeks, months, and years ahead...

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Funeral held for cultural warrior Maureen “Bahama Mama” Duvalier - Jan 5, 2015 - 1:30:14 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie is pictured delivering a tribute to cultural warrior Maureen “Bahama Mama” Duvalier at her funeral on Sunday, January 4, 2015, at St. Agnes Anglican Church. 

Also attending was the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Dr. Daniel Johnson, Mrs. Portia Nottage, Minister of National Security the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage, and MP for Tall Pines and Chairman of Bahamas Electricity Corporation Leslie Miller...
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Funeral Services for Maureen Duvalier Held - Dec 31, 2014 - 1:43:34 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - A memorial service will be held in honour of Ms. Maureen Duvalier on Friday, January 2, beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Rawson Square. The general public is invited to attend and pay respects to this Bahamian cultural icon.

The funeral services for Ms. Duvalier will be held on Sunday, January 4, at 2:30 p.m. at St. Agnes Church, Baillou Hill Road. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture asks all Junkanoo Groups and Junkanooers to assemble at Elizabeth Avenue and Bay Street to rush the remains of Ms. Duvalier to the Eastern Cemetery.

Ms. Maureen Duvalier, Bahamas cultural pioneer, passed away...
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Grand Bahama Police Mourn Passing of CPL Edgecombe - Dec 11, 2014 - 8:23:03 PM

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- Minister for Grand Bahama the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, paid tribute to the late Police Corporal 2939 Errold Johnly Edgecombe in Freeport, Grand Bahama, today. He also gave condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the Minister of National Security, the Ministry for Grand Bahama, and his family.

Corporal Edgecombe lay in repose today at the Gerald Bartlett Complex, Police Headquarters. High-ranking officers standing guard were,

Sr. Assistant Commissioner Emrick Seymour,

Bahamas Baseball Federation offers condolences on the passing of James Wood - Dec 11, 2014 - 1:52:51 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement from the Bahamas Baseball Federation:

On Behalf of President Craig KEMP, BBF Executives and its Membership:  

We wish to extend our condolences to the Family and the BBA Administration on the passing of Mr. James 'Jim' Wood.

May the Lord continue to guide and strengthen the family during this most difficult time. 

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Roberts: Condolences on the passing of Warren J. Levarity CMG - Nov 11, 2014 - 5:16:55 PM

The Bahamas has lost yet another great son of the soil. Mr. Warren J. Levarity, a former member of both chambers of the House has passed at the age of 82. Even though he was blessed with a long and productive life and fought the good fight, the PLP family still mourns his passing.

Warren James Levarity was born in West End, Grand Bahama on 25 June, 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Garnet Levarity. After moving to New Providence at a young age, he attended the Government High School. He would later matriculate the Shaw Business School in Toronto, Canada where he would become a trained Accountant.

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Bahamas Prime Minister expresses condolences on the passing of Warren J. Levarity - Nov 11, 2014 - 12:22:48 PM

Nassau, The Bahamas - The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas issued the following statement on the passing of former parliamentarian and Cabinet minister in the first Majority Rule Cabinet formed in January in 1967.
I am saddened to learn that former Cabinet minister and Grand Bahama MP, Warren J. Levarity, passed away on Sunday after a lengthy illness. He was 82.

Mr. Levarity was a member of the first PLP cabinet that followed the attainment of Majority Rule in 1967. He served as Minister of Out Island Affairs in that historic cabinet...
Bahamas Hip Hop and Film Industry Mourn the Loss of Manifest and Family - Nov 10, 2014 - 11:33:58 AM

Lavard Parks, known in the hip hop world as Manifest, his wife Radel and their young son Johannan were among those killed in the November 9, 2014 plane crash in The Bahamas with internationally known author and evangelist, Dr. Myles Munroe. Manifest and his wife were recently ordained Youth Pastors at Bahamas Faith Ministries International. The couple had also recently announced they were expecting their second child, due in April 2015. The death of the couple has left the local entertainment community in mourning.

Radel, a graduate of the New York Film Academy was in Atlanta last year furthering her career in film at Savannah College of Art and Design. While in Atlanta, she had the opportunity to meet with Roger Bobb of Bobbcat Studios via the Bahamas Consul General’s Office of Atlanta and submit ...
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Bahamas Scout Assocation on the Passing of Sir Jack Hayward‏ - Jan 21, 2015 - 3:03:25 PM

The Bahamas Scout Association in general and the Scouts, Cub Scouts and Scout Leaders of Grand Bahama in particular, wish to extend their deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Sir. Jack Hayward Kt, O.B.E. to his family, loved ones and everyone at the Grand Bahama Port Authority Ltd.

Sir. Jack donated the musical instruments for the first Scout Band in Freeport in 1980 and he did the first inspection of the Band once they had been trained.
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Senator Glinton Lauded as ‘An Outstanding Bahamian’ - Dec 18, 2014 - 8:34:41 PM

NASSAU, The Bahamas – Former Senator, the Hon. Lawrence Hugo Glinton was laid to rest on Thursday, December 18. A state-recognized funeral was held at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church on Virginia Street. In attendance was Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Perry G. Christie who said that Senator Glinton was an ‘outstanding' Bahamian’ and a good man who served this country well.

“Senator Glinton was a good Bahamian who never wavered or even blinked in the furtherance of his political commitment to assist in the progress of this country, which he loved so much,” said Prime Minister Christie. “I knew him, I respected him and I admired him...”

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