The Right Excellent Sir Cecil Vincent Wallace-Whitfield, NH
National Hero; Former Ledaer of the Opposition, The Bahamas
Sir Cecil Vincent Wallace-Whitfield was a former Bahamas Government Cabinet Minister and Member of Parliament, a national hero and the founder of the “Free National Movement.”
Early life and education
Cecil Vincent Wallace-Whitfield was a barrister-at-law, born 20 March 1930 in Nassau, the son of Kenneth Whitfield and the late Dorothy Wallace Rogers. Educated at the University of Hull, England and Middle Temple, London.
In 1967, the Progressive Liberal Party came to power under the Wallace-Whitfield chairmanship and he was appointed to the Cabinet. But he became disillusioned with the party and resigned his post in 1970, but he became disillusioned with the party and in 1970 resigned his post. A few months later, a group he headed was expelled from the party and it formed the Free National Movement, which is still in opposition.
Honours and awards
Sir Cecil was knighted in August 1989 for service to the Bahamian people as a member of Parliament, government minister and opposition leader.
In 2018, he was posthumously confered with the Order of National Hero (NH).
Sir Cecil he was married to Lady Naomi of Freeport.
Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield died on Wednesday, 9 May 1990, in a Miami hospital, where he had gone for cancer treatment. He was 60 years old.