Tribute to Fernance Perry: Founding Director, major Contributor and Visionary to the entrepreneurial spirit and success of Bermuda Container Line (BCL).
The recent passing of one of the founding fathers of BCL, Fernance Perry, is a sad day for the company and for Bermuda. There is however much to celebrate about Fernance’s life and his significant contributions. Fernance was a founding member and major investor of Bermuda Container Line’s Board of Directors, serving on the Board for over 30 years. “The Beginnings of Bermuda Container Line Ltd” written by former manager Frans Rowaan, as a BCL historical document in 2004, included the following observations.
“Homage must be paid to three men who have stood out over the course of the past decades, creating and growing Bermuda Container Line into an outstanding company for its customers and shareholders. They are Gilbert O. Darrell, Fernance B. Perry and William J. Brewer. Fernance Perry made Bermuda Container Line possible, not only by his early leadership in the founding of the company, but also by his substantial and fearless contribution to the company’s capital when it appeared that not enough could be raised. He is a classic example of someone who is not afraid to put his money where his mouth is.”
Fernance Perry was listed as one of three names in the ‘Notices’ of the September 22nd 1978 edition of the Royal Gazette to incorporate a company called Bermuda Container Line. The early founders passionately believed that Bermuda should control the critical shipping connections that the island depended upon. Prior to BCL these shipping connections were owned and operated by European and North American companies. The forming of BCL was a huge financial risk that eventually succeeded because of the broad support of the local importing community.Directors knew that Fernance wasn’t shy in expressing his views. His focus was always on what was best for the company, the shareholders, importers and the success of Bermuda. Fernance gave to BCL as he did to the community, with passion and integrity. Today, Fernance’s son Chris continues his legacy by serving on BCL’s board.
On behalf of the Directors of BCL, the Management, Staff, Shareholders and Importers, we send our deepest sympathy and offer our sincere condolences to his wife and family.
He will always be remembered for being an integral member in the creation of a cost effective and reliable Bermuda-owned ship, the Oleander, linking Bermuda to the world.
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