Premier David Burt today echoed the outpouring of condolences to the family of former Cabinet Secretary Mr Kenneth Richardson.

“From the classroom at Howard Academy to the Cabinet Room, Mr Richardson was the same calming and professional presence,” said Mr Burt.

“He was the consummate public officer, possessed of a keen intellect and commitment to the development of sound policy to the benefit of all Bermudians. Wherever he employed his talents, they always elevated the institutions he was called to serve.

“Bermuda remembers him as a man of commitment and character, and I join with all those who wish comfort to his beloved wife, Brenda, his children Andrew and Tammy and his entire family.”

Mr Richardson was appointed as Bermuda’s first Black Cabinet Secretary in 1984, where he served until 1993. He also worked in the Ministry of Labour and Home Affairs between 1974 and 1983.

Forced to step down as a top civil servant for health reasons, Mr Richardson was diagnosed with a brain tumour in 1988.

Kenneth Richardson died at the age of 82.