Sergeant Laurie Phillips
 
 
16th July 2019
 
We were deeply saddened to report that our good friend and former colleague, retired Sergeant Laurie Phillips, passed away on 16th July 2019, at the age of 73.
Within a few hours of his passing we received the following statement from Commissioner of Police, Stephen Corbishley:-
 
To All Members of the Service,It is with deep sorrow that I inform you that Former Police Sergeant Laurie McMellan Phillips, passed away earlier today. Sergeant Phillips is remembered fondly as a helpful, quiet, and conscientious  member of the Bermuda Police Service . News of his death today is heart-breaking, and his loss will be deeply felt by our longer serving BPS colleagues.  Sergeant Phillips commenced his employment with the BPS as a Constable on 19 January 1969  and was promoted in July 1981. He retired from the BPS in February 1995 after serving twenty six years of service.  Please keep Sergeant Phillips’ family and friends in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time.Funeral announcements will be made at a later time.
 
Stephen M. Corbishley
Commissioner of Police for the Bermuda Police Service
 
 
Laurie was born and raised in the Bequia Island, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and he joined the Bermuda Police in January 1969 and attended Police Training Course #11 after which he served in Eastern Division (St. George’s) for the first 3 years, with a short time on Mobile Reserve,   and then spent time in Central Uniform,   Operations (Traffic) and in Western Parishes (Southampton). Following promotion to Sergeant in 1981, Laurie returned to Central Division for 2 years before returning to Western Division, firstly in uniform then as OIC Western Parishes.  
 
Laurie retired from the BPS  in March 1995, and worked from some years in Security at the Hamilton Princess.
 

Top Row (l-r)  David Purcell, Laurie Phillips, Winston Taylor, 
Carlton Adams (Cadet), Foster Burke, Christopher Charles, Stanley Francis
Seated -  Bernard Joinville, Jude Perrotte, Sgt Barrie Meade, 
Insp. Derek Taylor, Albert Dowling, Ewart "Patrick" Hamlett, Gordon Bolah

 

Anyone who worked with or knew Laurie would describe him as a very efficient officer who was always cool under pressure and a pleasure to work with.

We offer our sincere condolences on behalf of all Laurie’s colleagues to his beloved wife, Beverlyann Roberts-Phillips, and their children Laurie and Lauritta Burrows, Sebastian and Dominic Roberts-Phillips, and to all of his family.  We will publish further information about funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them.

 

16th July 2019
 
Editors note  -  An obituary for Laurie has been published in the Royal Gazette on 17th July and can be viewed at 

 

UPDATE ON FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS
 
5th August 2019
 
Memorial Service for Sergeant Laurie Phillips  -  We have been informed that a Memorial Service will be held for Laurie at St. Anne's Church in Southampton at 6pm on Tuesday 6th August to be followed by a reception at the Police Recreation Club to which his friends and former colleagues and Lodge members are invited to attend.
 
 
8th August 2019
 
Memorial Service and Reception
 
The Memorial Service for our good friend and former colleague, retired Sergeant Laurie Phillips, was held at St. Anne's Church in Southampton on Tuesday 6th August 2019.  Below is the Order of Service, the List of Tributes, and the Obituary read during the Service which was well attended by Laurie's family, friends and former colleagues of the Bermuda Police Service.   The Service was followed by a reception held at the Police Recreation Club which was also very well attended.
 
 
 
 
 
Commissioner Stephen Corbishley also paid the following Tribute to Laurie:- 
 
Laurie was born and raised in Bequia Island, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and he joined the Bermuda Police Force in January 1969 at the age of 23 years old.
 
Laurie attended Police Training Course #11 which included David Purcell, Winston Taylor, Foster Burke, Jude Perrotte, a young Cadet by the name of Carlton Adams, Stan "The Man" Francis, Patrick Hamlett and a few other local and foreign officers.
 
Upon leaving Training School he served in Eastern Division (St. George's) for the first 3 years, with a short time on Mobile Reserve, before spending time in Central Uniform, Operations (Traffic) and in Western Parishes (Southampton.
 
In October 1971, Laurie was awarded a Commissioner Commendation "For excellent observation and inititiative which led to the early arrest of an escapee."
 
On 1st July 1981, he was promoted to Sergeant.  Laurie returned to Central Division for 2 years before returning to his beloved Western Division, firstly in Uniform then as OIC Western Parishes.
 
In January 1987, Laurie was awarded the Colonial Police Long Service Medal.
 
Laurie retired from the BPS in March 1995, having served for over 26 years.  He went on to work for some years in Security at the Hamilton Princess Hotel.
 
Anyone who worked with him or knew Laurie would describe him as a very efficient officer who was always cool under pressure and a pleasure to work with.
 
Former Colleague Davie Kerr describes Laurie P as a lovely lad that had trouble remembering his colleagues' names, and always called then "Offisah"!
 
Wayne Hugh Robinson recalls, "I worked in Eastern Division at the same time as Laurie was there.  He also lived in barracks; a really good guy, very upbeat, hardworking, and a lot of fun.  R.I.P. Laurie and my condolences to his family.
 
Other comments about Laurie can be found on the ExPoBermuda.com official website.
 
On behalf of all of our Officers and colleagues in the Bermuda Police Service, the Bermuda Reserve Police, Police Staff, and on behalf pf the Bermuda Ex-Police Officers Association members, we offer our sincere condolences to his beloved wife, Beverlyann Roberts-Phillips, and their children, Laurie and Lauritta Burrows, Sebastian and Dominic Roberts-Phillips, and to all of his friends and family. May he rest in Peace.
 
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#8 Brian Howard 2019-08-31 14:35
I was one of Laurie's 'Offisahs' at Somerset circa 1983/4. I remember him briefing us once and telling us there had been a 'Bum tret' at Warwick Academy the day before. I hadn't been with Sgt Phillips long so I had difficulty understanding his accent. I had to ask him 3 times what a 'Bum tret' was. He was getting annoyed at me and all the others officers on parade were almost wetting themselves holding their giggling. Finally Simon Walton whispered "It's a bomb threat" Oh, I said. Ok Sarge, I get it now. We had lots of other great times with Sgt Phillips. Laurie was a lovely chap, a fine officer and a gentleman and I am sad that he has passed on.
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#7 John Headey 2019-08-02 18:32
Regarding Rob Porters’. ‘Copenhagen ‘ comment.
Laurie would often walk in to St.Georges PRC, perhaps on his day off after nights. Someone would ask what he was having....with a big smile on his face he would shout ‘Copenhagen ‘ - meaning he would have a Carlsberg, his preferred beer - from Copenhagen of course. I can also recall him frequently saying, “I’ll take a Malt”. (Sorry to steal your thunder Rob.)

Editors note - Perfect explanation John. Will have to post this nickname for Laurie in out List of Nicknames. Someone else with a plethora of nicknames used t say, "I'll have a Mars bar"!
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#6 Rob Porter 2019-07-25 19:04
So long "Copenhagen".
One of the best ! It was a pleasure to know you and an honour to serve with you.
Remembered with fondness.

Editors note - Many thanks for your thoughtful comment Rob. Your sentiments are no doubt shared with everyone who served with Laurie. I'm intrigued by the nickname "Copenhagen" Perhaps you can send me an email explaining the reason behind it and we can include it in our comprehensive List of Nicknames.
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#5 Davie Kerr 2019-07-21 05:10
Lovely lad, Laurie P, but had trouble remembering his colleagues' names, and always called them "Offisah!"

Editors note - Not everyone has Davie's photographic memory!
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#4 Wayne Hugh robinson 2019-07-19 21:56
I worked in eastern division at the same time Laurie was there. He also lived in the barracks; a real good guy, very upbeat, hard working and a lot of fun R.I.P Laurie and my condolences to his family
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#3 John Headey 2019-07-18 12:03
Very sad to hear of Laurie’s death. As has been said, a great guy to work with, good company both at work and in the PRC. We worked together under Sgt Laurie Jackson. Good memories. RIP my friend.
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#2 Mike Jent 2019-07-18 06:48
I never actually worked with Laurie but found him very modest and kind.
My condolences to all his family and friends.
Rest in peace Laurie.
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#1 Mike Burke 2019-07-17 17:17
Great memories of Laurie Phillips as a young officer on my watch at St. Georges. A good man to be with in violent situations. My condolences to his wife and family.
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