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Entrepreneur, activist Charles Spanswick dies at 67

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Fondly remembered as the “unofficial” Mayor of Hamilton, tributes poured in for well-known resident Charles Spanswick, who died on Friday.

Family sources confirmed Mr Spanswick took ill at the Hamilton Bus Terminal on Friday afternoon and collapsed as he was getting off a bus.

He was rushed to King Edward VII Memorial Emergency Ward by ambulance where he was later pronounced dead.

A close relative said: “We remember him as an entrepreneur and an activist and a very well known talk show personality.

“He loved Bermuda and wanted to encourage other Bermudians to find the passion and concern he had for his country,” she said.

City Mayor Graeme Outerbridge was saddened to hear the news. “He was a great friend to the city and a constant activist on issues and brought them to whoever the mayor of the day was, whether the issues were popular or not.

“For as long as I can remember Charles Spanswick has been the unofficial Mayor of Hamilton,” said Mr Outerbridge.

“On behalf of the council and myself we wish his family all the best in this very difficult time.

“Charles Spanswick walked the city more than most mayors and I know he will be sorely missed on his regular city patrols all the time through his passion for walking.”

His comments were echoed by veteran talk show host Shirley Dill.

“He was one of my regular callers on VSB radio, a true believer as a community activist interested in the cleanliness of the city and the Island in general.

“Mr Spanswick always reported the latest issues on Sunday mornings on the show and urged people to keep Bermuda clean,” said Ms Dill.

“I’m surely going to miss him, I think he leaves a void and I wonder who will take up the challenge of caring for the environment like he did.

“The last time I talked to him he had called in a request for the family of someone being buried just before Christmas.

“I was shocked to hear of his passing and send our condolences to the family because Charles Spanswick will be sorely missed.”

Family members are waiting for the results of an autopsy report.

Funeral services are being arranged for Friday at St Joseph’s, in Somerset, for Charles Spanswick who died at the age of 67.

Charles Spanswick talks to Glenn Blakeney outside Devonshire north central polling station on Election Day. Photo David Skinner

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Published January 02, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 01, 2013 at 11:10 pm)

Entrepreneur, activist Charles Spanswick dies at 67

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