As he delivered the homily at former Cabinet Minister Bradley Robert’s funeral yesterday, Father Glen Nixon called on those gathered to put politics aside in recognition of the man he described as a fierce friend, formidable opponent and a believer.
“Bradley was not a politician who became a believer,” Nixon said as he addressed the congregation at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on West Street.
“He was a believer who became a politician. He was not just in the church, the church was in him.
“Today, we must try to put partisan politics aside so that we can better recognize a son of the soil, who was not perfect but tried his best to make The Bahamas better.
“While he lived among us, Bradley was keenly aware of his spiritual disposition before God and he knew that the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak, hence the reason why time and again he sought refuge, and healing and solace in his faith.
“While he did his best to help this country develop and grow, he never forgot the promise of eternal life offered him in Christ Jesus. Nor did he fail to enjoy his family and the special events in their lives.”
Roberts, a former minister of works and utilities, and chairman emeritus of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), died at his home in Skyline Heights on October 25.
He was 74.
Roberts, who entered frontline politics in 1977 when he contested the Shirlea constituency against Sir Roland Symonette, was later elected to the House of Assembly in 1982 where he served until 2007, representing the Grants Town constituency.
Even in his retirement, Roberts remained generous, Father Nixon recalled.
“Bradley continued to help people to the very end of his life, to the very end of his days,” he said. “Many Sundays he dug into his pocket and helped fellow Bahamians who needed help with rent, food and the like.”
Father Brown continued: “In this life, big, bad Brad was known by some as a fierce friend and by others as a formidable opponent, but equally important is knowing Brad the Catholic, Brad the believer.
“His catholic faith taught him that this world that we presently live in is not his final home though some live as if it is.”
Roberts served as chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, the Gaming Board, the New Providence Port Authority, the Housing Commission and the Water and Sewerage Corporation.
A businessman by profession, he served on other boards as well and was one of the Sunshine Boys – a group of young, black Bahamian entrepreneurs who created several businesses in the early 1970s.
Roberts is survived by his wife, Hartlyn, and three children.