Obituaries

Vernon Joseph Symonette

Official Funeral Service for the late Former Cabinet Minister, Speaker of the House of Assembly, and Parliamentarian, Vernon Joseph Symonette, CMG, JP age 84 years, will be held on Friday, July 29th, 2022 at 11:00 am, at Zion Baptist Church, East & Shirley Streets. Officiating will be Rev. Terrance G. Morrison assisted by Rev. Ulric V. Smith II.  Interment will take place in the Inagua Public Cemetery, Matthew Town, Inagua on Saturday, August 6th, 2022.

Due to current Government regulations in respect of Covid-19, masks and physical distancing are required. 

Left to cherish his precious memories are His loving wife of 62 years:Phyllis E. Symonette;

Children: Derek (Dulcie), Darcia (Jeffrey), Deane (Deandrea), and Dominique; Grandchildren: Rozanna, Karen, Phyllis, Chrystal, and Michael Symonette; Maya and Asia Arnett; D’Andra and Dre Symonette; Hannah Adams, and Dr. Scott Seymour; Children of the Heart: Valerie (Geron Jr.) Turnquest; Sharnette McKinney, Vincent ‘Brownie’ Cartwright, Jarvis (Dashineak) Williams, and Devonne Smith; Godchildren: Shantell Williams, Nita Quant-Forbes, Marv Cunningham; Brothers: Lionel and Christopher (deceased),Don (Bridgette), Geoffrey (Audrey), and Oris (Chanelle) Symmonett; Sisters: Sheila (deceased),Yvonne Symmonett, and Veronica (Warren) Fraser; Sister-In-Law: Lydia Lamb, Rosemary Murray, and Queenie Hanna; Brother-in-Law:Ferris Hanna; Nieces and Nephews:Steven O., Della-Reese, and Dr. Anya Symmonett; Cherita and Karlen Symmonett; Gia (Greg) Stubbs, Tishka (Darius) Francis, and Kyra (Denzil) Augustine; Darrion, Jamal and Kenyon Symmonett; Kayette (Geoffrey) d’Albenas, Edward, Orissa and Obriel Symmonett; Cheri, Dion, Monalisa, and Dalia Hanna; Dora and Yakab Dennis; and Carroll (Marcus) Terry; Grandnieces and Grandnephews: Davette (Ranall) and Daviea Lundy; and Teianna Thompson; Samya and Sybil Terry; Cousins: The Most Hon. Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes and Family; Stella Knowles and Family; Delores Symonette and Family, the Glover Family; Rea Bourne and Family; and the descendants of Gerlene Gibson; Other Family and Friends:Hon. Frank Watson and Family; Elizabeth Cox and Family; Henry Dean and Family; Dwight and Mrs. Sawyer; Mary Arnett and Family; Holston Ferguson and Family; Clement McKinney and family; Dwayne Pratt and Family; Supt. James Carey; Theophilus, Etienne Sr., Etienne Jr. Derek and Jensen Farquharson and Family; Ida Hanna and Family; Lenora Carey and Family of Bermuda; Veronica Saunders and Family; Yolande Rolle and Family; Barton Hanna and Family; the Pyfrom, Turnquest, Pickering, Burrows, Nixon, Evans, Hanchell and Palacious families; Family of the late Iris Saunders; Family of the late Inez Farquharson; Sara Ferguson and Family; Charles King and Family; Leslie Sweeting and Family; Bishop Walter Hanchell and Family; the Families of Theodore and Mary Quant, especially Terry and Joan Quant-Mullen of New York; Lillian Quant-Forbes and Family; Sislyn McIntosh and Family; Dr. Juana Rodgers; Dr. Osazuwa; Beryl Gibbs and Family; Yvonne Adderley and Family; Robert and Maglin Forbes; the Barclay Family of Orlando, Florida; Tiffany Moxey; Monique Gomez; Lowell Mortimer; Bernard Thompson; Ethlyn Hanchell; The Laville Family; The Lunch Bunch Crew; Archdeacon James and Rev. Angela Palacious, The Most Hon. Sir Cornelius and Lady Smith, The Hon. Phillip E. Davis and Mrs. Davis, The Right Hon. Hubert A. Ingraham and Mrs. Ingraham,  The Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie and Mrs. Christie, The Hon. Michael Pintard and Mrs. Pintard, Dr. The Most Hon. Hubert A. Minnis and Mrs. Minnis, The Most Hon. Sir Orville Turnquest and Family, Dame Janet and J. Henry Bostwick and Family, The Most Hon. Dame Ivy Dumont and Family, The Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling and Family, The Hon. Frederick A.  Mitchell, Dr. The Hon. Michael Darville, Rome Italia Johnson, Eldred Bethel, Former Cabinet Ministers, Parliamentary Colleagues; Officers and Members of the Free National Movement, The Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, The Bahamas Department of Corrections, The Bahamas Department of Immigration, The Bahamas Department of Customs, and a host of relatives and friends.

Medical and Supportive Care Teams: Appreciation is extended to The Nurses and Staff of Doctor’s Hospital: Dr. Nikolas Laroda, Dr. Eugene Smith; Dr. Robin Roberts; Dr. Duane Sands; Dr. Dean Tseretopoulos; Ms. Angelique Griffin, and the Nursing Staff of Happy Healing Home Care; the Inagua Community Clinic, the Management and Staff of Bethel Brothers Morticians and Crematorium. The Government and the people of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, especially the community of Great Inagua, and the M.I.C.A.L. constituency who gave our dear father the opportunity to serve over the many years as their representative and voice in The Parliament of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

May His Soul Rest in Peace!

Friends may pay their last respects of Former Cabinet Minister Vernon Symonette at The FNM Headquarters, #144 Mackey Street on Wednesday July 27th, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will lie-in-state on Thursday July 28th, 2022 in the foyer of The House of Assembly, Parliament Square, from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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