Premier David Burt offers condolences to the family of Canon Nisbett

Premier David Burt today remembered the late Canon Thomas Nisbett OBE as “a man of strong character and convictions whose life story testifies to the triumph of right over might.”


Canon Nisbett was the first black Anglican Priest-in-Charge of a Parish in Bermuda and is recognized as a pioneer in the Anglican denomination.

The Premier said, “The powerful forces that conspired to defeat his desire to serve the people were no match for a man whose small stature belied a giant of faith and determination. He comforted and counselled people during the 1981 General Strike and stood shoulder-to-shoulder with those who dared speak out against South Africa’s apartheid regime. And through all of this, pastored congregations in Bermuda with love and dedication.

“We owe Canon Nisbett a tremendous debt of gratitude as one of those Bermudians who extended his Christian beliefs to action, lifting up the most vulnerable in our society. On behalf of the Government and People of Bermuda, I wish comfort and peace to his sons and family as they mourn the loss of this steadfast servant of God and the people.”

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