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Senator Fred Mitchell on the passing of Alexander Thompson - Jun 5, 2017 - 3:58:38 PM

Nassau, Bahamas - Statement by Senator Fred Mitchell, Opposition Spokesman on Labour on the Passing of Alexander Thompson

On behalf of the Progressive Liberal Party, I wish to express condolences to the family of the late Alexander Thompson, a pioneering trade unionist and a giant in labour history.His quiet presence as a part of a team that built the Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union is fondly remembered and greatly appreciated.

In the history of our country, he should be remembered for his enduring contribution to the protection of the rights of workers and the upholding of our democracy...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister of Labour expresses condolences on passing of Trade Unionist, Mr. Alexander Thompson - Jun 5, 2017 - 12:39:18 PM

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It is with deep sadness that I learned of the passing of Mr. Alexander Thompson earlier this week after a long illness.

Mr. Thompson, a trade unionist of great distinction, having served in numerous capacities as an Executive Officer of the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union including Trustee, Treasurer and Vice President.  After entering the Tourism sector in 1954 as a Bellboy at the Lighthouse Beach Hotel, in Fresh Creek Andros, Mr. Thompson always conducted himself as a professional and took pride in serving his guests...
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Bahamian Labour Advocate Passes Away - Jun 2, 2017 - 7:09:31 AM

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Mr. Alexander Thompson passed away on 31st May 2017 at 10:24am. Mr. Thompson was National Hero of Labour in The Bahamas. Funeral service arrangements are being made.

Alexander Thompson was born on the island of Andros, in the settlement of Stanyard Creek. As a little boy in Andros, he worked with the mail boat collecting the mailbag and delivering groceries.  Always seeking ways to assist, he performed odd jobs around the church and the neighborhood...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Photos) Service for the Late Deputy Commissioner of Police, Rev. Dr. Erold Farquharson, Sr. - Apr 16, 2017 - 7:58:14 PM

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NASSAU, The Bahamas -- Service of Praise and Thanksgiving for former Deputy Commissioner of Police Rev. Dr. Erold Farquharson, Sr. on Thursday, April 13, at New Bethlehem Baptist Church. 

Official photos taken by Bahamas Information Services photographer, Patrick Hanna.
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Tourism Minister pays tribute to Nathanial Clement "Piccolo Pete" Saunders - Feb 17, 2017 - 7:43:33 AM

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He was Mr. Bimini and the full and colourful life of this cultural ambassador, entertainer, mariner, fisherman, fishing guide to world celebrities and entrepreneur Nathanial Clement “Piccolo Pete” Saunders came to a peaceful end after close to a century of promoting and marketing that slice of Bahamian paradise called Bimini.

With the passing of this legend, an era has come to an end but his life’s work will live on in perpetuity.

Born on the 7th November, 1914, Uncle Natty as he was affectionately called was the community’s oldest, most respected and entertaining personality ...

News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Hon. Fred Mitchell MP on the Passing of Rev. Wilbur Outten - Jan 16, 2017 - 5:05:16 AM

The following statement was released by the Hon. Fred Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration on the passing of Pastor Wilbur Outten in Freeport, Grand Bahama today 15 January:

Once again the sadness of death strikes us, having stolen one of our most beloved sons away too soon.We do not complain although we are sad. We are a people who live in hope.

I join with the Grand Bahama Community in expressing condolences on the passing of Pastor Wilbur Outten...

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Another stalwart of the golden era of entertainment in Grand Bahama passes - Nov 18, 2016 - 3:54:41 PM


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Freeport, Grand Bahama - Today the entertainment industry recorded the loss another giant. Franklyn 'Frankie' Lightbourne, guitarist extraordinaire, singer and all around nice guy.

Having 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 talent...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Minister Nottage pays respects to Sergeant 1163 Donna Burrows - Nov 18, 2016 - 11:04:39 AM

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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.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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.

May he rest in peace...
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Press Club mourns passing of noted photographer Antoine Ferrier - Nov 8, 2016 - 11:51:10 PM

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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.
Press 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...
News : Grand Bahama
Grand Bahama mourns the loss of Jeffrey Bernard Butler - Oct 2, 2016 - 12:39:31 PM

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The Bahamas Weekly has learned of the passing of Grand Bahamas business man, Jeffrey Bernard Butler. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.

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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Condolences expressed on the passing of Henry Woods, Bahamasair managing director - Sep 29, 2016 - 3:07:48 PM

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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Government Officials Attend Funeral of Mrs. Juliette Barnwell - Sep 25, 2016 - 9:51:01 PM

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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 community champion.  

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 Turnquest...
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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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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:

I 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Farewell to Mary Wilchcombe - Aug 3, 2016 - 5:57:27 AM

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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. 

Minister 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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
(Photos) State-Recognized Funeral for Pastor Silas Napoleon McKinney - Aug 1, 2016 - 1:20:17 PM

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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.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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 Highway.

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...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
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 Exuma...

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