FORMER BAHAMAS PRESIDENT OF ATHLETICS FEDERATION AND OLYMPIC COMMITTEE PASSES

Born January 2nd, 1938, Sir Arlington Butler passed Thursday evening at the
Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.

Butler attended Loughborough Training College in England and taught at The
Government High School and Jordan Prince Williams High School in Nassau.
Butler was “large in life” as he became president of the Bahamas Athletic
Association and served until 1968.

Elected to Parliament in 1968 Butler became speaker of the House, serving
from 1972 to 1977, becoming the first speaker in an Independent Bahamas.
Butler became an attorney while speaker of the House.

He served in the cabinet in several ministries, both in the Progressive
Political Party and the Free National Movement, which he joined in 1977.
Butler served as Ambassador to the United States.

He served as president of the Bahamas Olympic Association from 1973 to
2008, one of the longest-serving presidents of any National Olympic
committees in history.

During that time he was able to contribute to sports in the Central America
and Caribbean area, the Pan American area and the Association of National
Olympic Committees.

In 1996 Butler was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

In 2013 he received the Pierre de Coubertin Award for his contribution to the
Olympic movement. De Coubertin is the founder of the modern Olympic
Games.

Butler was pre-deceased by his wife Sheila and remarried Hazel nee Scott.

He is survived by Hazel and children Arvin, Arlington Gibao, Krystal Lafleur,
and Kara Butler-Wright.

Alpheus Finlayson
Nassau, Bahamas

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