Honourable Bernard Q. Pitts passes Print E-mail
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Thursday, 31 December 2015 00:00

Belize has lost another distinguished gentleman in the passing of former Speaker of the House and Attorney General, Hon. Bernard Quentin Augustus Pitts Sr., who died on Monday morning, December 28. According to reports, the 80-year-old died of heart failure in Belize City after suffering a stroke last week and then a cardiac arrest on Saturday.

Pitts was a humble servant of his country. He went to study law at a very late age and after obtaining his legal certificate he immediately started representing many of the less fortunate citizens of Belize. It was his service to the poor and marginalized that made the name B.Q. Pitts a household one in Belize. He was appointed to serve as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1993 to 1998, during Sir Manuel Esquivel’s administration. Pitts later became the first Attorney General appointed in Belize’s history from outside the National Assembly in June of 2010. This was made possible with the passing of the Seventh Amendment to the Constitution which, among other things, removed the requirement for an Attorney General to be selected from amongst the members of the National Assembly. He was appointed a Commander of the Distinguished Order of the British Empire on the Occasion of the Queen’s 2012 New Year Honours. He also served as Chief Magistrate earlier in his career.   

B.Q. Pitts leaves behind an extremely equipped and talented family to carry on the Pitts call to service. He will undoubtedly be missed. Those of us at the United Democratic Secretariat, Guardian Newspaper and Wave Radio wish to extend our most heartfelt condolences and support to the entire Pitts family.