Johnlee Ferguson, former senator and former chairman of the Free National Movement (FNM), died yesterday at 69.
Ferguson was born in Snug Corner, Acklins, on November 12, 1950 to Earnest and Ellamae Ferguson, and made his mark as an educator and politician.
In a statement, the FNM said Ferguson left behind “a stellar record of service and sacrifice to country and party”.
“Born to humble beginnings in the southern Bahamas, Johnlee valued education and discipline,” the FNM said.
“These values led him to become an educator. He served with distinction as principal in several schools throughout the islands of The Bahamas. He also served with distinction for several years as island administrator.”
Ferguson was an FNM candidate in two general elections, contesting the MICAL seat in 2002, and South Eleuthera in 2007.
He was appointed a senator on May 7, 2007 following the 2007 general election, and was subsequently elected vice president of the Senate.
“When serving as national chairman, Johnlee maintained and fostered party unity and support through challenging periods,” the FNM added.
In offering its condolences, the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) recognized Ferguson’s contributions in the fields of education and politics.
“We considered him a worthy opponent,” the PLP said in a statement.
“Mr. Ferguson clearly loved The Bahamas and gave of his talents to facilitate its advancement. We thank him for his public service. We extend our condolences to his family and his wider political compatriots.”
Ferguson is survived by his wife Carnetta and children Hank O’Brian (Elena), James, Trinette, Pastor Kenva Cleopatra (Apostle Valentino) and Johnlee.