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Trade unionists celebrate Simmons

Leroy Simmons was honoured by the Bermuda Trade Union Congress.

Trade unionists met in Victoria Park to pay tribute to the head of the Bermuda Entertainment Union, who died last month, as part of International Workers Day celebrations.

Jason Hayward, president of the Bermuda Trade Union Congress, said: “Bermuda has truly lost one of its shining stars. Brother Leroy was a staunch trade unionist.

“He was a musician's musician. He believed that everyone could and should be allowed to be successful.”

Mr Simmons, 58, was also a gospel artist and a mainstay of radio station Hott 107.5.

Mr Hayward said that he fought to right many wrongs, such as restoring travelling dues for musicians.

Rickeesha Binns, who gave a musical tribute, said: “He laid the foundation for where my gift is at today.”

Chris Furbert, president of the Bermuda Industrial Union, said the unions would continue to lobby for a living wage, a passion of Mr Simmons.

Mr Simmons widow, Yvonne, said: “Thank you so much for your outpouring of love and support. For our family it is not easy.

“To see you all honouring Leroy today, it really touches my heart.”

Myles Smith, a student of CedarBridge Academy, who was awarded the inaugural Leroy Simmons Entertainment Scholarship worth $3,000, also performed with a group from his school.

Rickeesha Binns (Photograph by Renae Stampp)

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Published May 02, 2019 at 4:29 pm (Updated May 02, 2019 at 4:29 pm)

Trade unionists celebrate Simmons

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