One of the most successful black Bahamian businessmen and a key figure in the development of Grand Bahama Island, Edgar J. Outten Jr. was laid to rest this past Saturday.
The celebration marking the life of the late Mr. Outten was held at the Community at Heart Tabernacle Church of God of Prophecy on Coral Road, Freeport.
Prime Minister the Right Hon. Perry Gladstone Christie headed a list of senior Government officials attending the service and paying his respects to the family.
Others included the Hon. Frederick A. Mitchell, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, and the Hon. Dr. Michael Darville, Minister for Grand Bahama.
Mr. Outten was born January 20, 1936 at Little Caicos in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and passed away back on January 5th 2016.
He took up residency in The Bahamas in the early 50’s. He married the former Alice Delancy in 1955.
From very humble beginnings and having lost his father at a very young age, he was determined to make enough money to look after his family, and also to help make The Bahamas a better place.
Through hard work and determination he built what many described as an empire on Grand Bahama, owning subdivisions, apartments, a construction company, and more.
His works were seen not just in the Freeport area, but in Pinedale, Hanna Hill, Eight Mile Rock and other areas outside the city.
In his tribute, Prime Minister Christie said Mr. Outten’s passing closes yet another chapter in the story of that mighty band of pioneers who helped to make Grand Bahama the major force it is in our national life today.
“His passing serves as a poignant and instructive reminder that it was upon shoulders such as his that Grand Bahama was built. “He was truly a shining example of the great good that can come from unselfish dedication to the upliftment of one’s community, one’s island and one’s nation. May the soul of this outstanding man rest in peace,” the Prime Minister stated.