Earl Thompson Sr. dies at 84
Former Free National Movement (FNM) Vice Chairman Earl Thompson Sr., 84, died at Princess Margaret Hospital at 5 p.m. on Wednesday following a long battle with diabetes and congestive heart failure, his family confirmed.
Earl Thompson Jr. said his father’s legacy will live on through him and his son who are named after him.
“He was a real nationalist who loved this country,” he said.
“He particularly loved the neighborhood he grew up in, Chippingham, so we’re hoping that he’ll be remembered for the love that he showed for his country and his community.”
Thompson, the brother-in-law of former Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, was a former member of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) and served as the party’s MP for Fort Charlotte from 1972 to 1977.
He ran as an independent candidate for Fort Charlotte in the 1977 general election after losing the PLP’s nomination.
Thompson joined the FNM in 1980 and became vice chairman in 1991, according to FNM Chairman Carl Culmer.
He remained active in the party from 1991 until the time of his death.
“The party mourns the loss of Mr. Earl Thompson at this time,” Culmer said.
“He was a giant of a man [who] made many contributions to the growth and development of the Chippingham and Fort Charlotte [areas] and in particular The Bahamas and the FNM.”
Thompson said his family is in the process of making funeral arrangements.
“We have to talk to Cabinet so once Cabinet tells us what his entitlements are then we’ll make a decision on the day,” he said.
“But it will be probably next weekend.”