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FNM members remember Wilchcombe

Members of the Free National Movement (FNM) yesterday remembered Minister of Social Services, Information and Broadcasting Obie Wilchcombe as a dedicated MP who served with passion and humility.

Wilchcombe, 64, died in Grand Bahama yesterday morning.

Opposition Leader Michael Pintard said Wilchcombe was the “embodiment of professionalism”.

“I vividly recall the last time we conversed, not in the context of political combat but in the spirit of fellowship within the sanctuary of God’s house,” Pintard said.

“It was during the 

installation of Pastor Kellen Russell, a setting where Obie and I had often found ourselves sitting not far from each other in various church services and events.

“We followed the preacher’s instruction to turn to our neighbor and exchange a greeting. Little did I know that this would be our final interaction in a place where divisions are bridged, and the essence of what truly matters becomes crystal clear.

“As we bid farewell to Minister Obie Wilchcombe, we remember him, not only as a formidable political force, but as a cherished colleague and friend. His legacy will endure in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him.”

Former Minister of Tourism Dionisio D’Aguilar remembered Wilchcombe as an honorable man.

“I hugged Obie Thursday night at the relaunching of ZNS,” D’Aguilar said.

“Thanked him for being a wonderful and incredible minister of tourism and for not making one critical comment about the way I was doing the job when I served after him in that post. He was a perfect gentleman and an honorable man.”

Former Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis said Wilchcombe’s death is a profound loss to the nation.

“His invaluable contributions to the betterment of The Bahamas will forever be remembered and appreciated,” Minnis said.

“As a devoted public servant, he worked tirelessly to enhance the lives of our citizens, first in the area of broadcast and journalism, and secondly as a member of Parliament and as a Cabinet minister, leaving an indelible mark on our country’s history.

“During his tenure in government, serving most recently as leader of government business in the House of Assembly, Minister Wilchcombe exhibited exemplary leadership and a deep commitment to the well-being of our people. As a parliamentary colleague, I enjoyed our political interactions and vigorous debates throughout the years.

“His dedication to the betterment of our nation, his passion for public service, and his tireless efforts to foster unity within our society will be remembered as a beacon of inspiration for future generations.”

St. Barnabas MP Shanendon Cartwright said he’s known Wilchcombe for over 30 years.

“It was truly an enriching and valuable experience to know Minister Wilchcombe who never passed on an opportunity to impart knowledge, wisdom and a deeper understanding of our history, our people and everything that embodies the greatness of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,” Cartwright said.

“He will be remembered as one who lived a life of service that was immersed in the journalistic, sporting, social, political and cultural fiber of our nation. The diversity of his life’s work was a testament that he believed that each of us in our own unique way could make The Bahamas an even greater place.”

Wilchcombe was first elected to office in 2002 and again in 2007 and 2012. He lost his seat in the 2017 election and won again in 2021.