Ira Philip, “boss” as I affectionately called him, meant so much to Bermudians, especially Black Bermudians, that this tribute alone cannot do him justice.

During the days when Black Bermudians owned radio stations, a weekly newspaper, and scores of other retail businesses, Ira Philip was the “Media Man”, always making sure the majority Black population knew the difference between gossip and news. When I was choosing my career, my choices were down to journalism and medicine. That was because his enthusiasm was contagious.

Ira Philip hired me 50 years ago as a news reporter at ZFB on North Shore. He was business-like, strict and was extremely proud of his profession. So much so that I actually applied to Journalism school and Medical school at the same time.

To the family, Wanda and I express our sincere condolences in knowing that he is in a peaceful place of rest reserved for giants among men.

Dr The Hon Dr Ewart F Brown, Former Premier of Bermuda