Born in May 4, 1927, Mr Marshall was educated at Greenfield Primary, Port Royal School in Southampton before moving on to Mount Allison Academy, Mount Allison University in New Brunswick and the Nova Scotia Technical College.
In 1951 he received a Bachelor of Engineering Degree, and after working overseas Mr Marshall returned to Bermuda in 1954 and formed his own company Marshall-Bernardo Partnership with Louis Bernardo.
In 1953 he married Patricia Francis Vallis [now deceased] and from that union they had three children, Belinda, Marsha [deceased] and Blake.
Mr Marshall was a trailblazer for the Portuguese Bermudian community and helped break down the barriers that the Portuguese community experienced in Bermuda during his formative years.
In 1963 he became the first Portuguese Bermudian Member of Parliament, and in 1972 he became the first Portuguese Bermudian Cabinet Minister. He represented the constituency of Southampton West from 1963 to 1993, and also held various portfolios from 1972 onwards as a Cabinet Minister under the United Bermuda Party Government.
A statement from the family said they “regret to announce the death of the Hon. Ralph Owen Marshall CBE of Peacehaven, Sandy’s, one of Bermuda’s longest serving retired Members of Parliament who was a trailblazer for Portuguese community of Bermuda in politics, business and socially.”
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Articles that link to this one:
- Politicians Pay Tribute To Ralph Marshall | Bernews.com | September 19, 2012
- Kim Swan’s Tribute: Hon. Ralph Marshall | Bernews.com | September 23, 2012