Condolences On Passing Of Robert Barritt

June 22, 2015

[Updated] The PLP has extended their condolences following the passing of Robert Barritt.

A spokesperson said, “The Progressive Labour Party would like to offer condolences to the family of the late Robert Barritt, a former Minister of Cultural & Community Affairs, Pembroke East Central MP, and UBP Senator.

“Mr. Barritt, the uncle of former Parliamentarian John Barritt, also contributed to Bermuda’s social consciousness by participating in efforts supporting desegregation, and speaking out in favour of Universal Adult Suffrage.

“May his family be comforted by their memories during this difficult time.”

Update 5.16pm: Premier Michael Dunkley joined members of the community today in extending condolences to the family of Mr. Robert Barritt following his passing.

Mr. Barritt through his political, social and cultural advocacy left an “indelible mark” on Bermuda’s history, according to Premier Dunkley.

The Premier said, “I knew Mr. Barritt personally and considered him to be a very passionate individual about numerous matters and issues facing Bermuda.

“His important works of art chronicled Bermuda’s history in a very unique way, and we are grateful for his contribution to our society. On behalf of myself and my colleagues, I wish to extend my sincerest condolences to Robert’s family and friends during this difficult time.”

Update 7.32pm: Senator Lynne Woolridge, Chair of the One Bermuda Alliance, said: “The One Bermuda Alliance extends deepest sympathies to the Barritt family on the passing of the Hon. Robert Vaughn Barritt, JP.

“Mr. Barritt was a businessman, government minister, social activist and artist who used his life to serve his community and bring people together.

“His strong faith in the Bermudian community enabled him to speak for change that helped break the segregationist mindset. His artist’s eye – sharpened by an acute sense of compassion and fairness – enabled him to depict the injustice of two Bermuda’s.

“And his demeanour throughout his lifetime – friendly, courteous and kind – set the best standard for public, and private, life.

“The Hon. Robert Barritt was a role model for a better Bermuda. May he rest in peace.”

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