Another stalwart of the golden era of entertainment in Grand Bahama passes
- Nov 18, 2016 - 3:54:41 PM
performed on many
stages with local and world renowned performing artists from Smokey 007
to Teddy Pendergrass, and giving his life to the
entertainment industry, Frankie was always a constant professional.
Always on time,
never un-prepared, and always willing to go the extra mile to share his
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Today the entertainment
industry recorded the loss another giant. Franklyn 'Frankie' Lightbourne,
guitarist extraordinaire, singer and all around nice guy.
Minister Nottage pays respects to Sergeant 1163 Donna Burrows
- Nov 18, 2016 - 11:04:39 AM
Freeport, Grand Bahama - Full Military Service for the late retired Police Sergeant 1163 Donna
Burrows will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016 at the Church of
The Ascension in Lucaya, Grand Bahama. Ms. Burrows joined the Police
Force in 1970 and retired in January of 2009 after serving thirty-three
years. Her body reposed in the Compstat Room of the Gerald Bartlett
Police Complex on Thursday for viewing. Among those paying respect was
the Minister for National Security, the Hon. Dr. Bernard Nottage,
pictured. Minister Nottage and Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police,
Emerick Seymour gave condolences to the family members.
Foreign Minister Fred Mitchell On Death of Vernon Curtis
- Nov 14, 2016 - 11:38:41 AM
I am truly saddened this morning at the death of
Vernon Curtis, a great civic leader, activist, businessman and community
organizer from Exuma. He will truly be missed.
Mr Curtis was of that
generation of Exuma who fought for independence, majority rule and
Bahamianization. He was Exuma's eminence grise and protector of its
history, it's traditions and it's reputation. He leaves a great legacy.
He was a supporter of the cause and helped to elect and counsel many
an MP. I am grateful for his life of service, for his friendship and for
his wise counsel and total dedication to Exuma and the Bahamas.
he rest in peace...
Press Club mourns passing of noted photographer Antoine Ferrier
- Nov 8, 2016 - 11:51:10 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The Bahamas Press Club is deeply saddened by the
death of noted photographer Antoine Ferrier, who passed away Sunday,
November 6, 2016 after short illness.
He died at the Princess Margaret Hospital, on his birthday, at the age of 75.
Club President Anthony Newbold described Mr. Ferrier as a professional
and a gentleman who brought honour to the profession.
Mr. Ferrier was appointed as one of the esteemed judges for the Press Club Media Awards scheduled for November 19, 2016...
Grand Bahama mourns the loss of Jeffrey Bernard Butler
- Oct 2, 2016 - 12:39:31 PM
The Bahamas Weekly has learned of the passing of Grand Bahamas business
man, Jeffrey Bernard Butler. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his
Jeffrey Bernard Butler, Sr was the Owner & CEO of The Butler Group
of Companies. In his role, Jeff coordinated and managed the importation
and buying side of the companies while overseeing the corporate and
expansion aspects of the companies. He owned and operated local
favourite spots, Butler's Specialty Food Store, Harbour Lobster,
Shenanigans, Chicagos, and the Harbour Room.
A big believer in the island of Grand Bahama, Butler fully supported the FNM Government and The Grand Bahama Port Authority...
Condolences expressed on the passing of Henry Woods, Bahamasair managing director
- Sep 29, 2016 - 3:07:48 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - It is with much sadness that we at Bahamasair announce the passing of our Managing
Director – Mr. Henry L. Woods who died today at 12:07pm at the University of Miami
Hospital in South Florida.
Mr. Woods’ career with Bahamasair spans 40 years over the life
of the airline. Through his many efforts Bahamasair has seen massive improvements in so
many areas of performance.
We ask that the nation continue to cover his family in prayer
during this very difficult time...
Government Officials Attend Funeral of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell
- Sep 25, 2016 - 9:51:01 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The funeral service of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell was
held on Saturday morning, September 24, 2016, at Christ Church
Cathedral. Mrs. Barnwell was a well-loved and deeply respected
Pictured paying their respects, among the many who
attended, are: Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite
Pindling (front row), Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie
(second row, right), Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Philip Davis (second
right), and Minister of National Security the Hon. Bernard Nottage and
Mrs. Nottage. Seated behind is Former Governor General Sir Orville
Bahamas mourns the loss of two veteran educators, Mrs. Juliet Barnwell and Mrs. Darnell Adderley
- Sep 13, 2016 - 10:09:11 AM
Nassau, Bahamas – The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
expresses sincere condolences to the families of Mrs. Juliet Barnwell
and Mrs. Darnell Adderley.
Mrs. Barnwell was a veteran educator
who came from a lineage of patriotic Bahamians who were nationalists in
the truest sense. Both of her parents, Mr. Claudius Walker and Mrs.
Mable Walker have schools named in their honour and Mrs. Juliet Barnwell
continued her parents’ legacy of nationalism...
PM Perry G. Christie on the Passing of Mrs. Juliet Barnwell
- Sep 12, 2016 - 10:19:08 AM
Statement From The Rt. Hon Perry G. Christie, MP, Prime Minister Of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas on The Passing Of Mrs. Juliet Barnwell, MV0:
“I have just learnt with much sadness of the passing of Mrs. Juliet
Barnwell, MVO, and wish on my behalf and my family and on behalf of the
Government of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to express our heartfelt
condolences to her family at their loss. Our thoughts and prayers are
with you at this time.
Mrs. Barnwell was the scion of a very
distinguished Bahamian family. Both of her parents, the late Dr.
Claudius Walker and her mother Mrs. Mable Walker were distinguished in
their own rights. Dr. Walker was note for his involvement in the field
of medicine and community development and for having served as a member
of the House of Assembly...
Fred Mitchell on the death of John Pinder's son
- Aug 30, 2016 - 11:28:20 AM
Statement from Fred Mitchell MP Fox Hill on The Death Of The Son Of John Pinder Head of the Nation Congress Of Trade Unions 30 August 2014:
wish to extend condolences to John Pinder, the Head of the National
Congress of Trade Unions and the Bahamas Public Service Union upon the
death of his son in such tragic circumstances last evening. It must be
quite difficult to fathom. It is very sad. I wish on behalf of the Fox
Hill community from which he hails to extend condolences. The community
stands with you in this time of bereavement. I spoke personally to Mr. Pinder this morning by phone to pass on my condolences...
Farewell to Mary Wilchcombe
- Aug 3, 2016 - 5:57:27 AM
FREEPORT, The Bahamas -- The family of the late Mrs. Mary Wilchcombe
said farewell to her at The Pro-Cathedral of Christ the King in
Freeport, Grand Bahama on Saturday, July 30, 2016. Mary Wilchcombe was
the mother of the Hon. Obie Wilchcombe, Minister of Tourism, and Member
of Parliament for West Grand Bahama and Bimini.
Wilchcombe described his mother as a disciplinarian, but one who
disciplined with love. He also told how she believed in education, and
went the extra mile to ensure her children received the best education.
Most importantly he knew that his mother believed in Psalm 127:3 which
speaks of children as being a reward...
(Photos) State-Recognized Funeral for Pastor Silas Napoleon McKinney
- Aug 1, 2016 - 1:20:17 PM
NASSAU, The Bahamas -- A State-Recognized Funeral was held for Pastor
Silas Napoleon McKinney, former President of the Bahamas Conference of
Seventh Day Adventists and West Indies Union Conference of Seventh Day
Adventists, Mandeville, Jamaica, on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at Hillview
Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique Williams Darling Highway.
Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling attended the
funeral, as did Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie, and
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell.
State Recognized Funeral for the late Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney
- Jul 29, 2016 - 5:54:30 PM
The Cabinet Office has announced that a State-Recognized Funeral will be
held for Pastor Silas Napolean McKinney on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 at
Hillview Seventh Day Adventist Church, Tonique Willliams-Darling
In addition, viewing for the general public will be at
Bethel Brothers Morticians, #44 Nassau Street on Saturday, 30 July, 2016
from 12 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. and on Sunday, 31 July, 2016 from 9.00 a.m.
until service time at the Church...
Hon. Fred Mitchell on Passing of Rev Irvin Clarke
- Jul 20, 2016 - 2:33:15 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The following is a statement by the Hon. Fred Mitchell:
I learned yesterday with great sadness of the
passing of Rev Irvin Clarke of Exuma.The passing of Rev.
Clarke effectively severed the last living link in Exuma to the
original independence service in July 1973.
He preached the Independence service in 1973 and was a
fixture every year as a leading pastor and Christian leader in
Hon. Daniel Johnson on the Passing of Percival Sweeting
- Jul 14, 2016 - 6:02:03 PM
I join the fraternity of Bahamian musicians, entertainers and performers
mourning the untimely passing of Mr. Percival Sweeting, President of
The Bahamas Musicians and Entertainers Union.
My ministry values
his contributions to the formulation of policy relative to culture,
entertainment, special events and promotions. Mr. Sweeting had a concern
about developing the now and next generation of Bahamian talent and
To his dear wife, Mrs. Patricia Sweeting and the family, I extend the sympathy of a grateful people and entertainment community....
Hon. Shane Gibson expresses condolences on passing of Percy Sweeting
- Jul 13, 2016 - 7:15:18 PM
Nassau, Bahamas - The Hon. D. Shane Gibson, Minister of Labour &
National Insurance is profoundly saddened by the death of Mr. Percy
Sweeting, President of the Bahamas Musicians Entertainers Union on
Monday July 11, 2016. President Sweeting became a member of the Union in
1976 and was first elected to the Executive Board of the organization
in 1979. He served in numerous positions in the Union including
Treasurer and Vice President and was elected to the position of
President in 1999, a position he held up to the time of his death.
student of the late Edwin Elliot, Clement Bethel and William Tizard,
Percy entered the music industry in 1975 while serving in a group called
Hon. Hope Strachan on the passing of Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District
- Jun 26, 2016 - 4:47:34 PM
Press statement by The Hon.C.V. Hope Strachan on the passing of Mrs Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor, Mayaguana District:
I am shocked and extremely saddened to learn of the death of Mrs
Shandika Charlton, Chief Councillor for The Mayaguana District. Mrs.
Charlton who has served on the Mayaguana District Council since the year
2005, was one of the Local Government practitioners who was honoured
for dedicated efforts toward the advancement of Local Government during
the awards ceremony held this past Friday, 24th July, 2016 at Breezes
Super Club in commemoration of the 20th Anniversary of The Establishment
of Local Government in the Family Islands.
The Bahamas loses tourism ambassador, "Smiling Pat"
- Jun 24, 2016 - 11:18:29 AM
The Bahamas Weekly News Team is shocked and saddened to learn of the
passing of "Smiling Pat", Patricia Hoyte Zonicle, who of late had been
living in Cat Island, after years in Grand Bahama Island.
owner and operator of "Smiling Pats Adventures," she was no stranger to
hard work and dedication. She was truly an ambassador to her country.
Smiling Pat was the eldest of nine children and the daughter of world famous steel pan player, Little Sparrow...
Condolences offered on passing of Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson by Bahamas government
- Jun 9, 2016 - 11:24:36 PM
Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and its staff wish to express our sincere
condolences over the sudden and unexpected passing of Bahamian sports star Mr.
Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson in Florida recently.
“Kimbo Slice” Ferguson rose to fame through his widely viewed videos of his
backyard brawls and then his transition into the professional arena of Mixed
are deeply saddened by his sudden passing as he had only just begun to impact
the Bahamian populous through his large international following and involvement
in mixed martial arts on the world scene...
Min. Hope Strachan on the Passing of Chief Councilor Abner Pinder
- Jun 7, 2016 - 4:58:32 PM
I was saddened to learn that Chief Councilor, Mr. Abner Pinder, Spanish
Wells District Council, passed away on Sunday, 5th June 2016 at a
Mr. Pinder was the longest-serving Chief
Councilor in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas since the inception of
Local Government. He executed his duties with professionalism, and
proficiency. The Local Government family, the community of Spanish Wells
and indeed The Bahamas all mourn his loss.