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A tribute to Sir Arlington Butler

Dear Editor,

I was saddened to realize the recent loss of a noble Bahamian son and statesman extraordinaire.

Sir Arli was a man of great insights and understanding. He was a perpetual global student of life and indeed a man for all seasons. He was pragmatic and exhibited great political instincts. Having served under both administrations, the PLP and FNM, at different periods of his life he made an indelible mark on our political landscape. He was a man of good will.

Having served as the first speaker in an independent Bahamas, Sir Arli was a trailblazer and a man of great intellectual prowess. His political story is a compelling Bahamian journey filled with drama and intrigue. As I read of some of his antecedents I admired his courage and tenacity during his tenure as speaker and member of Parliament and throughout his civic life’s work.

As the ninth speaker in an independent Bahamas, I am grateful to have in some respects sat at the feet of a Bahamian giant. I gleaned much from his example. He possessed great institutional knowledge and was an articulate voice of the history of our country. He was also especially opinionated, yet he was thoughtful and encouraging. I am grateful for his unwavering support and challenge especially during the often difficult times.

History will be kind to Sir Arli because of the profound impact he made in the life and times of our country.

I am happy our paths have crossed. My prayer is that his soul is dancing in heaven having served well on Earth.

On behalf of my family, we extend condolences to his wife Hazel and their children.

May he rest in peace.

– Dr. Kendal Major, former MP, speaker

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