F. John Barritt. *File photo
F. John Barritt. *File photo

Remarks from the Premier, the Hon. L. Craig Cannonier, JP, MP regarding the recent passing of the Hon.  F. J. Barritt, CBE - former Speaker of the House of Assembly:

"It is with sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of the Hon. F. John Barritt, CBE, long-time Speaker of the House of Assembly. 

Mr. Barritt was a community servant in every sense, serving people through his church and as a  longstanding Member of Parliament for Devonshire South, Government Minister and Speaker of the House for ten ye ars from 1979 to 1989.

He was by all accounts an excellent MP, always approachable and ever caring; a man who looked after his constituents' needs and the affairs of the country. In his time in the Speaker’s chair, Mr. Barritt was regarded as a fair and wise man, whose calm and civil demeanor helped keep the lid on an often fractious House of Assembly.

On behalf of the Government, I extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Barritt’s family, and take this opportunity to express thanks and appreciation for his service to his beloved Bermuda. May he rest in peace."

Statement from Chairman of the One Bermuda Alliance Mr Thad Hollis:

"The Hon Frederick John Barritt, CBE, JP, was one of the best known and most respected members of the United Bermuda Party.  Mr Barritt, who was MP for Devonshire South from 1968 to 1989, also served as Speaker of the House of Assembly between 1979 and 1989. He served in the Cabinet as Minister of Marine and Air Services and as Minister of Transport."

He was an intelligent, gracious and even-tempered man, whose calm, but firm grasp of the debate in the House of Assembly won him respect and admiration from MPs on both sides of the House.

"I would like to offer our most sincere condolences to his family, and especially to his son, former OBA member John Barritt, who played such a major role in the formation of this party."

PLP statement:

 "The Progressive Labour Party offers our condolences to the family of former Speaker the Hon. F.J. Barritt, CBE on his passing. Speaker Barritt served Bermuda as an MP for many years and sat in the Speaker's Chair from 1979-1989.  We would like to specifically pass our condolences on to his son, the former MP of Devonshire South Central, John Barritt, who continued on the family tradition of serving the Bermudian people in politics. "

Statement from Cindy Swan, Project Action:

“F. John B as I fondly referred to him was Project Action’s 1st honouary director.  He was such a humble man and was surprised that we wanted him to be involved with Project Action.  He stated at his age and since he was out of politics for such a while, in his humble humility shared that he wasn’t sure what he could bring to Project Action.  I explained to him that we were honoured to have him consider taking up this position and convinced him that he did had so much experience to share with us.

“He was great and always willing to attending corporate presentations with us, usually knowing all the benefactors on a 1st name basis and hence opened up a lot of half shut doors for our charity.  He would enjoy the board meeting luncheons where he and David would get all dressed up and they would reminisce of the pass, like it was yesterday, and we would have to schedule another meeting to finish up the agenda.   I think it was their secret plan so they could meet and chat some more.  We enjoyed his stories of how he came from a humble beginnings and how he met his wife overseas.

“We were very sad when Mr. Barritt’s family told us he would no longer be able to serve as a honorary director.  Bermuda has loss a true humble, gentle big hearted leader.”