|Clarence Vernon 'Jim' Woolridge, CBE, JP
Former Cabinet Minister, Bermuda
Clarence Vernon 'Jim' Woolridge was a Bermudian sports commentator, politician and a former Cabinet Minister.
Early life and education
Clarence Vernon 'Jim' Woolridge was born in Flatts, Bermuda on 19 August 1926 to George and Lillian Woolridge. He was the youngest of six boys and in addition had two older sisters and two younger.
He attended The Berkeley Institute and became a champion in track and field. He also played midfield for the football team.
Woolridge was a member of the Class of 1968, and he served in Parliament as the MP for Smith’s South until his retirement in 2001. He served in various capacities, but was most well known as the Minister of Tourism, a Cabinet position he held for 14 years. He also served as Deputy Premier.
In the community, Woolridge was well known as the ‘Voice of Summer’. He was an avid cricketer in his younger years, and a member of the Flatt’s Victoria Cricket Team, aka the Mighty Flatt’s. He started as a commentator in 1965 for the Bermuda Broadcasting Company. During his long tenure as commentator, Mr Woolridge would pick up the well-deserved moniker ‘The Voice of Summer’ because he covered County Games as well as Cup Match. He would be heard all summer commentating cricket matches over the airwaves, and his voice was synonymous with cricket in Bermuda.
Woolridge was married to wife Roslyn Woolridge and was the father to Annaritta Marion and Marcia Woolridge-Allwood.
Honours and awards
In March 2000, he was recognised as a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
In 2013, the BCB awarded its inaugural ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ to Mr. Woolridge presented by then Premier Cannonier. This was swiftly followed by the ICC Special Achievement Award providing global recognition for the immense contribution by Woolridge to cricket.
Jim Woolridge died on 28 August 2018. He was 92. His funeral was on Wednesday, 5 September 2018 at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Bermuda.