First Bahamian to be Enthroned as Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands Dies

Rt. Rev.d Michael Hartley Eldon C.M.G., M.A.

Nassau, Bahamas –– The first Bahamian Anglican Bishop of the Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Island, Rt. Rev.d Michael Hartley Eldon C.M.G., M.A., has passed away at the Princess Margaret Hospital early this morning.

He was 79 years old.

Bishop Eldon served as Anglican Bishop in the last third of the 20th century.

Born on 8th August 1931 he was educated at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was was ordained to the sacred priesthood in 1955. After curacies in Nassau he spent nine years on Grand Bahama, rising in time to be Archdeacon of the island.

On 24th June 1971 Michael Hartley Eldon was consecrated Suffragan Bishop with the title Bishop of New Providence.

Less than a year later on April 20, 1972 the Diocesan Synod unanimously elected Michael H. Eldon, Bishop Suffragan as 11th Bishop of Nassau and the Bahamas including the Turks and Caicos Islands.

He demitted office as Bishop of the Bahamas Including the Turks and Caicos Island in 1996.

Bahamas Press sends our heartfelt condolences to his family, namely his sister Dr. Keva Bethel, the Anglican Communion and the wider Christian community.

May He Rest In Peace.


  1. Certainly Bishop Eldon rest from his labors, yet lives among by the very example of his life’s demonstration. I knew him from during teenage years, and came to love and admire him for his ministry to the communities at large. The record of his work speaks volumes, and his testimony lives on.

  2. Bishop Eldon will long be remembered,he was a caring shepherd who knew his sheep by name. I remember him as a child growing up in Rock Sound and watching him as A Bishop and a man. We all respected him and loved him. It caused much excitment up home when he visited. Well done good and faithful servant of God,you are now resting in peace.

  3. A great Bahamian who swelled the pride of Bahamians when he became the first Bishop of the Anglican church in the Bahamas.I still shudder as I remember the pride I felt when the good Bishop paraded the city streets upon taking office.Bahamianization began with the good Bishop and so I say rest in peace as you have left a legacy.

  4. A truly humble servant of the Lord.

    Bishop was loved by all in the Turks and Caicos Islands. He crossed denominational barriers and was a sample of Christ likeness.

    May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.

  5. He was truly a fine example of what we need in this world but more importantly this country.He was one of the only Ministers who seem to know the names of every Anglican in the Bahamas.He knew your name,your perents name and where you lived and attended Church.

  6. A great Chrisitan. A great Bahamian of whom we can all be proud. “Well done good faithful and servant”
    says the scripture of those who follow Him and serve Him to their best.

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