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Doswell Coakley
(21 June 1947 - 14 October 2019)
Dr. Doswell Clifton "Coaks" Coakley
Former Senator, Commonwealth of the Bahamas

Dr. Doswell Clifton "Coaks" Coakley was a Bahamian politician and former senator.

Early life and education

Dr. Doswell Clifton "Coaks" Coakley was born on 21 June 1947 in Cabbage Hill, Crooked Island, in the Bahamas. He was the only child of his mother Pearl Godfrey nee Coakley, and the eldest child of his late father Archdeacon Murillo Bonaby. Doswell was raised and adored by his maternal grand-aunt Geletha Cunningham in a loving and nurturing home.

He was educated at the Crooked Island All Age School before being transferred to Crooked Island Central High School for his secondary education. Upon completion of his schooling in Crooked Island, he relocated to New Providence, where he enlisted with The Royal Bahamas Police Force.

During his tenure as a young police officer he attended C.R. Walker Technical School and Nassau Technical College, where he pursued and obtained Royal Society of Arts and Pitman Intermediate and Advanced Certificates.

During the1970s he enrolled with the Extramural Department of The University of the West Indies, and later enrolled in Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Business Administration in 1976.

He later obtained Master of Science Degree with a concentration in International Law from Syracuse University in Syracuse New York in 1981; a Post-Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice Administration from Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1983; and a Doctorate (PhD) in Economics with specialization in International Business, Finance, and Development from Union Institute and University, Cincinnati Ohio in 1988.


Becoming an officer with the Royal Bahamas Police Force was the beginning of his tenure of committed service as a civil servant. He then transferred to the Passport Office in the capacity as Passport Control Officer. After a stint in the Passport Office, he transferred to The Department of Immigration, where he held long-term positions, starting as an Assistant Director, then Deputy Director and subsequently Director of Immigration. Extension of his career path resulted in being appointed as Consulate General to New York and Delegate to The United Nations.

He also served as a Senator, Member of The National Insurance Board and Chairman of The National Insurance Building Committee, President and Board Member Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue (Freeport), President of Rotary Club of Lucaya, President of Lucayan Towers North Condominium Association.

Personal life

Dr. Coakley was married to wife Janice Theresa Coakley. He was the father of six sons and four daughters.


Dr. Coakley died on 14 October 2019.  He was 72. He was accorded a State-Recognized Funeral Service on Friday, 25 October 2019 at Christ Church Cathedral, The Bahamas followed by a private internment.


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Occupation Politician
Date of Birth 21 June 1947
Place of Birth The Bahamas
Date of Death 14 October 2019 (aged 72)
Place of Birth The Bahamas
Notable Accomplishments
Former Senator
Country profile The Bahamas
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