News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – On the eve of Bermuda’s National Hero’s Day, we find it deeply meaningful to honor the memory of Mr Ottiwell Simmons, whose passing leaves a void that resonates with the sentiment of the occasion.
Fondly known as “Ottie:” he was not only a prominent figure in public life, but he was also a father, a grandfather, a leader, a friend, a confidante, and a mentor. Above all, Ottiwell Simmons was a giant of a man, a son of the soil and a genuine Bermudian hero.
For over four decades, Ottie selflessly devoted his life to advocating for the rights of Bermuda’s working-class people and beyond. As the leader of the Bermuda Public Union, he brought unparalleled passion to his role. Whether at the bargaining table or in arbitration hearings, Ottie demonstrated unwavering determination, relentless persistence, and remarkable skill. He fearlessly led marches, boycotts, and demonstrations, emerging as a powerful force advocating for workers locally and internationally.
He was not only a man of words but a man of action. While Ottie fiercely defended the rights of Bermuda’s workers, he embodied the qualities of a true gentleman. There was nothing thuggish about him. His strength was rooted in compassion, empathy, and respect for others.
Today, we, the One Bermuda Alliance, extend our deepest condolences to Ottiwell Simmons’ family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing and cherishing him. Bermuda owes an immeasurable debt of gratitude to this extraordinary man. Ottie’s legacy will endure, serving as a beacon of inspiration for generations to come.