(CMC) – Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis has led the nation in expressing condolences at the sudden death of former workers and utilities minister, Bradley Roberts, who died suddenly at his home late Thursday. He was 74-years-old.
“Roberts contributed in various ways to our national development, and was known for his strong opinions on the issues of the day,’ Prime Minister Minnis said.
Leader of the main, after opposition Progressive Liberal party (PLP), Phillip Davis said that the body of the former chairman of the party had been found by his wife slumped inside his shower.
Davis said Roberts started his day like any other, with his usual morning walk followed by his usual visit to Starbucks for coffee.
Former prime minister Perry Christie said earlier in the day his wife had told him about seeing Roberts on the beach exercising.
“I told her I saw him yesterday. So, it was a shock when she called to say that, ‘Have you heard that Bradley passed?’ I said, ‘Not Bradley Roberts.’ She said, ‘Yes.’ I said that it is so significant to me because Bradley, much to my amazement, was a few months younger than me,” he added.
Christie said Roberts was a defining personality in politics because he demonstrated a commitment to integrity and was the “quintessential family man”.
“He was not a person who was struggling to make ends meet when he came into politics,” he said, adding “he was “he was never afraid to take on the greatest of political challenges and the greatest of political foes.
“A colleague has fallen, one who has given much to my personal cause to assist me in becoming the leader of the Progressive Liberal Party and the leader of the country, prime minister; one who served me in every which way with great loyalty and great integrity; one who was respected, whatever people thought of him.”
Former prime minister, Hubert Ingraham said Roberts will be remembered for his support in advancing Bahamians in all walks of life.
“Bradley entered the political fray early in life and remained committed to the end, notwithstanding his retirement from the political front lines since 2012,” Ingraham said, adding “he will be remembered as a firebrand politician, single-minded and resolute in his support for his political party and for the causes in which he believed.
“His contribution to the development of our country, both within his party and in the Parliament, is a matter of record.”
Roberts entered frontline politics in 1977, and was later elected to the House of Assembly in 1982 where he served until 200.
The former minister and businessman also as chairman of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company, the Gaming Board, the New Providence Port Authority, the Housing Commission and the Water and Sewerage Corporation.
“We [in] the PLP are enormously grateful for his life of service and the patriotism which he displayed and his love of party,” said PLP chairman and former foreign affairs minister, Fred Mitchell.
Roberts is survived by his wife, Hartlyn, and three children.