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Lady Fawkes dies at 89

Jacqueline Lady Fawkes, widow of the late Sir Randol Fawkes, and former national president of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), died on Saturday. 

She was 89. 

Born in West End, Grand Bahama, in 1930, Lady Fawkes moved to New Providence at the age of 16 where she became the first head girl of St. John’s College.

Later, she found employment in the law offices of the young Randol Fawkes and the two married in 1951. 

The pair had four children together – Francis, Rosalie, Douglas and David.

“Throughout the decades, Jacqueline remained steadfastly at her husband’s side providing secretarial and administrative services in his law chambers,” said her family in her obituary. 

“She also gave great support to his work with The Bahamas Federation of Labour and to his attempts to achieve greater dignity and respect for the working man.

“She attended trade union and political meetings, headed up many fundraising endeavors and enjoyed accompanying her husband as he made door-to-door visits during election campaigns.”

At 52, Lady Fawkes received her Masters in Business Administration from the University of Miami. 

She was renowned for her work with the YWCA.

She became involved with the association after her husband was retained as their legal counsel and later encouraged her to lend support to the association.

Throughout her tenure, Lady Fawkes spearheaded the construction of a basketball and tennis court complex, and the association’s affordable housing project. 

To date, The Bahamas YWCA has 23 rental units, which serves to provide affordable housing for those in need and also provides the local association with a source of revenue for its operations.

In a statement over the weekend, Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis remembered Lady Fawkes as a civic leader in her own right. 

“Lady Fawkes was the chief supporter of her husband’s work during his lifetime,” Davis said in a statement.

“She was the chief defender of his legacy as a freedom fighter and trade unionist after his passing. 

“However, she was also a civic leader in her own right, particularly in support of women and girls through the Girl’s Guides and the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

“On behalf of the PLP, my parliamentary colleagues and all officers and members, I express condolences to the members of the family, especially the children.

“I pray that you will keep strong and seek to carry on the work of both your parents and protect their legacies.”

A funeral service will be held for Lady Fawkes on May 2, at the parish of St. Mary the Virgin. 

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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