Former Cabinet Minister, Bermuda
Shawn Crockwell was a Bermudian politician and Cabinet Minister.
Earl life and education
Shawn Crockwell was born on 30 March 1970 in Bermuda. He attended the Bermuda Institute Seventh-day Adventist School from kindergarten through to Grade 12. He graduated from Oakwood University, in Alabama, United States, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 1994.
In February 1996, he was sentenced to ten years in prison for stealing $600,000 worth of heroin from a court safe while working as a Supreme Court clerk.
While incarcerated, he earned his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of London in 2000. A Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice with De Montfort University, in Leicester, England, followed in 2006. He was called to the Bar in 2009, and was a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.
Crockwell was head of the litigation department at Chancery Legal, practising in all areas of civil and criminal litigation. Prior to joining the firm, he was behind legislation for the Casino Gaming Act 2014 and the Bermuda Tourism Authority Act 2014.
He became Chairman of the United Bermuda Party (UBP) following the General Election in 2006. On 18 December 2007, he won Constituency 19, Pembroke West, beating Progressive Labour Party candidate Walter Brown by 505 votes to 361.
Crockwell along with five other defecting members of the United Bermuda Party founded the Bermuda Democratic Alliance (BDA), on 5 November 2009. He was also Called to the Bar that year.
In May 2011, the BDA merged with the UBP to form the One Bermuda Alliance.
On 17 December 2012, he defeated Charlie Swan in Constituency 31, Southampton West Central, and was named Minister for Tourism Development and Transport by then-Premier Craig Cannonier after the OBA captured 19 of 36 seats in the House of Assembly in the General Election.
Mr Crockwell cited a loss of confidence in the OBA under Michael Dunkley when he quit Cabinet on 16 March 2016. He would later leave the party in July 2016 and sit as an Independent in Parliament.
Crockwell also did volunteer work for organisations including the Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education, the Centre for Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention, and YouthNet. He had also taught GED at the Hamilton Seventh-day Adventist Church, and spent three years running Work Inc, to help ex-convicts return to the workforce.
Crockwell died on 10 June 2017, aged 47.