TIMOTHY BASWELL Donaldson, 79, a true Bahamian patriot, visionary, and statesman died last week at his home in Winton after fighting a long battle with cancer.
At his bedside at the time of his death were his wife, Yolande, and his three children, Dwight, Kevin and Tatiana.
"He insisted on dying in The Bahamas and he got his wish," said his wife, Yolande, herself a nurse.
Donaldson had been in Florida for six months undergoing treatment when he insisted on returning to The Bahamas to spend his final days at home. He returned on January 23.
Prime Minister Perry Christie hailed Donaldson as someone who has served his country with "great distinction and ability" most notably as the first Governor of the Central Bank of The Bahamas and subsequently as the ambassador for The Bahamas to the United States and permanent representative to the OAS; as chairman of the securities Commission; and later still as chairman of the Council of the College of The Bahamas.
"Of special historical note, Mr Donaldson served as the economic adviser to The Bahamas government at the Independence Conference in London in 1972. He subsequently became the governor of the Central Bank at its founding, and was made a commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen in 1973.
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