Dr Brown Expresses Condolences: Philip Family

April 16, 2018

Former Premier Dr. Ewart Brown expressed his condolences to the family of the late Ira Philip, saying he “was the ‘Media Man’, always making sure the the majority Black population knew the difference between gossip and news.”

Dr. Brown said, “Ira Philip, ‘boss’ as I affectionately called him, meant so much to Bermudians, especially Black Bermudians, that this tribute alone cannot do him justice.

“During the days when Black Bermudians owned radio stations, a weekly newspaper, and scores of other retail businesses, Ira Philip was the ‘Media Man’, always making sure the the majority Black population knew the difference between gossip and news.

“When I was choosing my career, the choices were down to journalism and medicine. That was because his enthusiasm was contagious.

“Ira Philip hired me 50 years ago as a news reporter at ZFB on North Shore. He was business-like, strict and was extremely proud of his profession. So much so that I actually applied to Journalism School and Medical school at the same time.

“To the family, Wanda and I express our sincere condolences in knowing that he is in a peaceful place of rest reserved for giants among men.”

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