Four Named In Queen’s New Year Honours List

December 30, 2013

Her Majesty the Queen has recognized Louise Jackson, Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour, Kathleen Ester Ford and David Michael Thompson in her New Years Honours List 2014.

Former MP Louise Jackson was honoured for her public service and service to seniors, Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour for his service in tourism and the arts, Kathleen Ester Ford for her service to the community, while David Michael Thompson was honoured for his services to Bermuda’s youth and missionary work.

Mrs Jackson was awarded an OBE, while Mr Seymour, Ms Ford and Mr Thompson were awarded Queen’s Certificates and Badges of Honour.

L-R: Louise Jackson, Stan Seymour, Kathleen Ford and David Thompson


Mrs. Louise Jackson, OBE

For public service and service to seniors. Louise Jackson stepped down as a Member of Parliament in December 2012, however she continued to remain active in public life. In recent years, she has devoted her efforts and energies towards advocating for the fair and equitable treatment of Bermuda’s seniors.

She has been a tireless health campaigner, commanding respect across the social and political spectrum. Mrs. Jackson has been involved in all areas of public service having served on numerous boards and committees.

Most recently she was appointed by the Governor, George Fergusson to serve as a member of the Security and Defence Review Committee, a committee whose aim was to provide a comprehensive assessment the Island’s security needs. She was a teacher for the majority of her adult life and has helped in the development of children in Bermuda for many years.

As the Founder of the National Dance Theater of Bermuda, she contributed to shaping Bermuda’s cultural landscape. Mrs. Jackson was recognised in 1979, for her service in the arts.

Mr. Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour

For service in tourism and the arts. Stan Seymour is considered one of Bermuda’s foremost entertainment ambassadors. Stan Seymour’s career has spanned nearly 60 years, starting at the age of 18.

He became a household name in the 1960s and 1970s, and was known as the King of Calypso. He was a singer with the Milt Robinson Trio, was a member of the Coral Islanders and played with Brian Butterfield and the Bermuda Authentic Limbo Dancers.

As a song writer, composer and singer, his music reflected his observations and fond memories of Bermuda. During his lifetime of service, Stan “Lord Necktie” Seymour has helped tremendously in creating the Bermuda aura that has sustained this Country as a tourism destination for so many years.

Mrs. Kathleen Ester Ford

Service to the community. Kathleen Ester Ford has devoted much of her life to helping those in need.

On a weekly basis, Mrs. Ford opens her home to serve meals and provide comfort and support to the Island’s seniors and the less fortunate.

It is not uncommon for Mrs. Ford to host a free lunch for upwards of 40 people each Saturday afternoon. Her selfless, generous nature and the devotion of her time and resources has been a blessing to many in our community.

Mr. David Michael Thompson

Services to Bermuda’s youth and missionary work. David Thompson is a member of Christ Church, Warwick and the president of Bermuda Overseas Missions.

This local charity has made a significant contribution to many in Bermuda, as well as to more than 420 people in 14 countries, including Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, India and Romania.

Formed in 2006, part of the charity’s mission is to provide the people of Bermuda, from all backgrounds, ages and faiths, with the opportunity to make a difference by addressing global issues, and by building houses in countries where a critical need exists.

More than half of the volunteers with Bermuda Overseas Missions are young people. Mr. Thompson is of the view that the success of Bermuda’s future rests with our youth, and he believes that their involvement in missionary work and community service will aid in shaping them into responsible, well rounded and compassionate adults.

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  1. Black Soil says:

    I congratulate everyone. Question: When is Ms. Brangman of the Brangman Home going to be knighed and also made a hero?? She has sacrificed her life to take care of abandoned babies. No one in Bermuda beats that. NO ONE! Sister Brangman is an unsung hero…a mother to countless….she should have been our first hero.

    • Katlyn says:

      Great call why don’t you be the first to put pen to paper with her name and send to the correct dept.
      Hapy New Year.

      • Black Soil says:

        There is no “dept”. The process is more or less secret…just like how they select our heroes is secret. So I would “hang” with the right crowd to figure out what really goes on.

  2. Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

    Congratulations to all…

    Like the first comment above, we should recognise and honour Mrs Brangman’s humble yet extraordinary self-sacrifice and love of children.

    Mrs Jackson you are truly an honour for the honours list.

    These recognitions were tempered with integrity, sincerity and moderation of what it really stands for – exceptional achievements.

    This is a list of Bermudians to be proud of.

    London, England

  3. Bermuda123 says:

    Congratulations to all 4 of the honorees. It’s great to see such a non political recognition of some of Bermuda’s finest.

    • Dockyard Lackey says:

      Congratulations to all recipients. Well deserved.
      But did Bermuda Briadcasting have to interupt programmes on CH.9 and Ch.7 to make this announcement? I was quite enjoying Jeopardy at the time and missed a big portion of the show. I’m sure they would not have interupted Young and the Restless.

      happy New Year to all.

  4. Scoalsy says:

    Congratulations to all
    Well deserved and very much earned.

  5. Arthur - Atlanta says:

    As a firefighter, I remember years ago when Mrs. Ford and her family coming out on a Christmas day to feed us during a major fire on North Shore. It was the fire that started in the huge pile of horticultural waste that had been piled up for weeks due to (I think it was) a broken Tynes Bay incinerator. The area was totally full of smoke and it was a Christmas holiday but she was still there with food. You could write a book on her and her deeds bought about by her love of God.

  6. Voter says:

    Mrs.Louise Jackson for Premier!