Bermuda Mourns Passing Of Leroy Simmons

April 9, 2019

The island is mourning the passing of Leroy Simmons, who is being recalled as a champion of the rights of Bermudian entertainers and a fierce advocate for performing artists and local entertainers.

Inter-Island Communications

An Inter-Island Communications spokesperson said, “Today marks a very sad day for many in the community on the passing of Leroy Simmons.

“Leroy has left an indelible mark on his legacy given the incredible contributions he selflessly made as a proficient music teacher, concert promoter, consummate broadcaster and more recently as President of the Bermuda Entertainment Union, where he became a fierce advocate for performing artists and local entertainers.

“Moreover, Leroy was an invaluable member of the Inter-Island Communications, Ltd [IIC] family and was the longest serving employee of the company until his passing.”

IIC Chairman and CEO, Glenn Blakeney, in paying tribute to Mr Simmons, remarked about how affable and humble a devout God-fearing man he was, saying, “Leroy was the same everyday. He was always willing and prepared to go beyond the ‘call of duty’.’

“Leroy began his tenure with IIC from inception of the popular broadcasting company, serving continuously for over 14-years as the Sunday morning Radio Personality of ‘Get Your Praise On’ that fast became a signature program on HOTT 107.5 FM.”

Mr. Blakeney reflected on how he would ensure that the St. Paul’s AME live church service was aired every Sunday morning after his regular on-air shift, saying, “Leroy would faithfully monitor the audio console that enabled the highest quality broadcast. He was a devoted team-player who would often fill-in for other radio personalities while they were on vacation or on sick leave, even when he wasn’t feeling 100% himself.

“But what gave him the most joy was hosting the IIC Annual Free Christmas Concert and co-hosting HOTT 1075 Praise Team Gospel Concert. He especially loved doing his All Night Annual Christmas Eve Radio Show, which featured favorite Christmas songs and interactive participation with listeners calling in to reflect on what Christmas meant to them, while sharing their favorite recipes and Christmas traditions.

“The show would end with the Salvation Army Band visiting the HOTT as their last stop, just before sunrise to Bless listeners with beautiful renditions of classic Christmas Carols.”

Mr. Blakeney concluded by saying, “Leroy Simmons’ stellar legacy will live on in the hearts and minds of many who loved, respected and appreciated the numerous ways in which he touched their lives and on behalf of my wife Gwen, co-owner R. Scott Pearman, our respective families and the entire IIC family, I take this opportunity to thank Leroy’s wife Yvonne, his mother and family for loaning him to us and I pray that God will comfort them with happy memories as they reflect on a truly iconic son of the soil during their time of bereavement.”

Premier David Burt

“An inspired, consummate star musician,” said Premier David Burt today, reflecting on the passing of Leroy Simmons. “He will be remembered also as a champion of rights of Bermudian entertainers, as the President of the Bermuda Entertainers Union.

“The public will fondly recall his Sunday inspirational radio show ‘Get Your Praise On’ which aired on HOTT107.5 since inception.

“On behalf of the Government and people of Bermuda I extend heartfelt condolences to his wife Yvonne and his entire family. His musical touch and heart for music education will always be remembered.”

Bermuda Entertainment Union

A Bermuda Entertainment Union spokesperson said, “It is with heavy hearts that the Executive of the Bermuda Entertainment Union acknowledge the passing this morning, Tuesday April 9, 2019 of our President, Bro Leroy Simmons. We take this opportunity to express our condolences to his beloved and most supportive wife, Yvonne, his mother, brother and the rest of his family.

“Bro Leroy had unfinished business, but with the help of the Bermuda public we hope to bring his vision to fruition. Our Tribute of Song and Word will take place on Sunday April 14th 2019 as planned in Bro Leroy’s honour.”


The PLP said, “The PLP would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the late Leroy Simmons.

“Affectionately known as ‘Bro. Leroy Simmons’, he is remembered for his heroism as he fought for the rights of Bermudian entertainers as President of the Bermuda Entertainment Union. In addition to his activism, Bro. Leroy travelled all over the world touching lives as a Minister of Music, recording artist and music educator including Florida, Georgia and New Jersey.

“For many years he was an active member of the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy, Bermuda Education Council, St. George’s Cricket Club, The Bermuda Government Labor Advisory Council and The Bermuda Trade Union Congress where he invested countless hours and was known for his passion and commitment. The public will fondly recall his Sunday inspirational radio show ‘Get Your Praise On,’ which aired on HOTT107.5 since its inception.

“Bro. Simmons has left an indelible imprint on the hearts of so many. Our community remembers him as a passionate musician and one who insisted on inspiring others to find their purpose in life and to meet everyday challenges through biblical principles and personal testimonies.

“The PLP extends heartfelt condolences to his wife Mrs Yvonne Simmons and his entire family on the loss of their husband, father, and friend.”

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