Cavalier Construction announced yesterday the death of its beloved, long-serving former Managing Director Richard Wilson on Tuesday.
Wilson joined the company in 1973 as chief estimator, was promoted to vice president in 1989 and served as managing director from 1989 until May 2018, when he stepped down to managing his ailing health.
Sharan Ryan, office manager at Cavalier Construction, said Wilson’s death was a great loss to not just her company, but the entire industry.
“It’s felt on so many levels, people in the field, people in the office, people who are our competitors, people who are our vendors, external clients,” she said in an interview with Guardian Business.
“Mr. Wilson embraced The Bahamas, he loved Exuma, he loved being a part of the Bahamian culture. I think that those who worked with him would attest to that, he was just a great man.”
Wilson led the company through a number of prominent construction projects – the Albany development, Bayroc, the Atlantis Convention Center, Caves Point, Nassau Straw Market and countless others over the years.
“I’ve only been with the company for ten years, but I’ve heard the endless stories about Mr. Richards giving opportunities to young Bahamians, not just to work for the company, but to then become entrepreneurs themselves in the field,” Ryan said.
“Many of our subcontractors were past employees of Cavalier. They trained, became experts and then opened their own businesses. In my humble opinion that was Mr. Wilson’s legacy with our company.”
Wilson passed away on Tuesday in Orlando, Florida. He is survived by his wife Maria, his four children and three grandchildren.
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