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As a tribute to former Premier, Sir David Gibbons, the Cabinet Office advised today that all flags on all Government buildings will be flown at Half-Mast today, Monday March 31st 2014 and on the day of Sir David’s funeral.



Bermuda College statement:

As many of you may have heard Sir David Gibbons passed away yesterday after a short illness.  Sir David was the first Chairman of the Board of Governors of Bermuda College and was instrumental in the College’s formation.  He was elected as an Honorary Fellow in 1991 and had been very active in the Company of Honorary Fellows until recently.  Out of respect for Sir David the Bermuda College flag will be lowered until his funeral.

Condolences on behalf of the Bermuda College family will be sent to his wife, Lady Gibbons, and the rest of his family.




Statement from Governor George Fergusson: "I am very sad to learn of the death of Sir David Gibbons. He made an astonishing contribution across a broad sweep of Bermuda’s political and business life, and in both helped set the foundations for much of Bermuda’s prosperity. I send my condolences to Lady Gibbons and his wider family."

 

Statement from Premier Craig Cannonier: "On behalf of the Government of Bermuda and all Bermudians, I offer our sincere condolences and prayers to the family of former Premier, Sir David Gibbons who died this afternoon.

Sir David was a man of great accomplishment - a political leader during a time of turbulence and change, a renowned businessman who succeeded both here at home and abroad and a philanthropist whose generosity benefited many.

His life’s work made Bermuda stronger and more prosperous. May he rest in peace."

 


Sir David Gibbons has passed, it was announced this evening, and the One Bermuda Alliance has offered its condolences. 

Thaddeus Hollis, chairman of the OBA said in a statement: “All Bermudians will mourn the loss of Sir David Gibbons, one of Bermuda’s great men in politics and finance. 

“He will be remembered as our Premier during the late 1970s, which was a time of great social unrest. 

“He became Premier in 1977, and held that office until very early in 1982.

"But his greatest contribution to Bermuda was probably as Finance Minister earlier during his career.”

Mr Hollis continued: “He introduced the concept of a balanced budget in Bermuda, substantially reducing the debt we had incurred as a result of undertaking needed capital projects. 

“He created the sound financial base from which Bermuda was able to enjoy a period of extraordinary financial success during the 1980s.

"The One Bermuda Alliance offers its sympathy and prayers to his family in their bereavement."