|Dr. the Hon. Bernard J. Nottage, DM, JP
Former Cabinet Minister, Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Dr. Bernard J. Nottage was a Bahamian sprinter, gynaecologist, politician, and former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Bernard J. Nottage was born on 23 October 1945 to the late Bernard Nottage Sr and Olevia Nottage. He received his training as a gynaecologist at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, and The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
As an athlete, he competed in the men's 100 metres and 200 metres at the 1968 Summer Olympics. He finished sixth in the 1967 Pan American Games 200 metres.
Honours and awards
Over the course of his political career, Dr Nottage served as a Cabinet minister in one Pindling administration and two Christie administrations. He was first appointed chairman of the National Insurance Board in 1982. In the subsequent general election in 1987, he successfully contested the Garden Hills constituency on a Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) ticker.
In 1989, Dr Nottage was appointed Minister of Consumer Affairs and then Minister of Education in 1990. However, Dr Nottage later left the (PLP to assist in the formation of the Coalition for Democratic Reform (CDR) and was elected leader of the third party in early 2000. Dr Nottage unsuccessfully led the party into the 2002 general election.
In 2005, he returned to the then governing PLP and was afterwards appointed to the Senate. Shortly afterwards, Dr Nottage was appointed minister of health and National Insurance by then Prime Minister Perry Christie.
In 2007, Dr Nottage was appointed Leader of Opposition Business in Parliament and in 2012 Leader of Government Business in Parliament. He served as Minister of National Security from 2012-2017.
Dr. Nottage was defeated in the 2017 general election by 22-year-old Travis Robinson in the Bain and Grants Town constituency.
In 2018, he was posthumously awarded as a Member of the Order of the Bahamas (DB).
Nottage was married to wife Portia Keva Nottage. He was the father of sons: Brian Jamale (Allegra) Nottage; Patrick Andre (Yashica) Carey; and daughter, Sasha (Chad) Holmes.
An outstanding athlete in track and field, Dr Nottage was also a long-time president of the Bahamas Amateur Athletics Association (BAAA).
He was also a member of the Anglican church community.
Nottage died on 28 June 2017 in a Florida hospital surrounded by his wife, childreen, anc close family friends. He was 71. He was accorded an Official Funeral Service on Friday, 14 July 2017 at the St. Agnes Anglican Church, Baillou Hill Road, Bahamas, followed by interment in Lakeview Memorial Gardens, JFK Drive.