The United States government and the American people were saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bernard J. Nottage. Those who had the privilege of working with him appreciated his willingness to tackle some of the thorniest issues in our countries’ bilateral relationship and his ability to do so with warmth and kindness.
During his tenure as Minister of National Security, Dr. Nottage’s unwavering dedication to ending human trafficking led to The Bahamas being upgraded to a Tier 1 country and remaining there for the past three years. Under his direction, The Bahamas introduced new methods to combat violent crime, helping to make Bahamians safer and more secure.
Dr. Nottage forged an even stronger international partnership between The Bahamas and the United States by advancing the bilateral security cooperation that our countries have enjoyed for decades, cooperation built on our shared values. The U.S. Embassy greatly appreciated his steadfast support.
Our heartfelt condolences go out to Dr. Nottage’s wife Mrs. Portia Nottage, family, friends, and the people of The Bahamas. Alongside all of you, we honor his legacy and mourn the passing of a warm and generous man.