The following statement was released on June 17, by former Premier Dr Ewart F Brown, on the passing of union stalwart Ottiwell Simmons…

Bermuda has lost an iconic man. Ottie Simmons was not just a fellow politician and legendary union leader.

He was a father whose children were gifted by their father to witness his leadership and strength against all odds.

They observed him standing up when others around him were bending to the tune of those in power.

Ottie was a beacon of courage who opened the doors through which we walk so casually today.