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Jamaica-born wife of former premier dies

Published:Tuesday | June 21, 2022 | 12:10 AM
Olga Scott
Olga Scott

HAMILTON (CMC):

Premier David Burt has paid tribute to Jamaica-born Olga Scott, who championed a charity for at-risk young women, saying she was a “kind and compassionate woman” and “exemplified the very essence of public service”.

Scott, who has died at the age of 83, was the wife of former premier Alex Scott, who led the ruling Progressive Labour Party from 2003 until 2006 when he was ousted by Ewart Brown in a leadership battle.

“On behalf of the government and people of Bermuda, I offer my sincere condolences to her family. As we mourn her loss and offer comfort to her husband, children and grandchildren, we remember a woman who took Bermuda and its people into her heart and simply said in her own words, ‘This is my home’. That’s it,” Burt said.

The cause of death was not disclosed.

Scott, who had two children, Robyn and Lawrence, the current minister of transport, was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2009 for her services to the health, education and development of Bermuda’s youth.

Burt hailed her as “the visionary behind Teen Services and the fulfilment of its mission to provide support and counselling to teens and young mothers.

“From her arrival in Bermuda in 1967, through those early days of building community trust and establishing these new services for Bermuda, Olga Scott has been a social service pioneer.”

“During her husband’s premiership, Olga Scott was a constant and reassuring presence, ably supporting him through the rigours of public service.

“Her strength and dignity was inspiring and, with her characteristic charm and sense of humour, she served as an equal partner for her husband during his time as premier and in ministerial office.”