Described as “a long-standing passionate advocate for social justice”, Progressive Labour Party Chairman, Damon Wade, today joined countless Bermudians mourning the passing of Walton Brown, at the age of 59.

The well known Member of Parliament was found in an unresponsive state at his home on Ferrar’s Lane in Pembroke around 12 noon on Tuesday.

In a statement released this afternoon, Mr Wade said Mr Brown’s association with the PLP dates back to the mid-1980s.

“During his time as a PLP Member and Supporter, he served as the Chair for Pembroke Branch and was appointed to the Senate by Premier Ewart Brown.

“In the 2007 General Election, he carried the PLP banner in the historical UBP stronghold, Pembroke West. In 2012, MP Brown was successfully elected to Parliament as the representative for Pembroke Central.

“He was re-elected in 2017 and appointed to Premier Burt’s first Cabinet as Minister of Home Affairs and later as Minister for the Cabinet Office.”

The statement continued: “The PLP will miss Walton and his strong advocacy for Bermuda’s sovereignty, his determination to strengthen immigration on behalf of Bermudians, his political insight and perhaps most importantly, his friendship.

“We are thankful for having known Walton Brown and grateful for his work and sacrifice. Bermuda is richer for his commitment to our island and our people.

“Yet as the PLP family mourns the passing of a beloved comrade at arms, his family, his loved ones and his friends are also mourning his loss. We are committed to standing with his family and encourage all of Bermuda to stand with his family during this time of bereavement.”

On behalf of Bermuda Real, we extend sincere condolences to his family, relatives and friends.

More in subsequent reports.