Chief Inspector Gerald "Gerry" James 

We are deeply saddened to report having just received the news that retired former Chief Inspector Gerald "Gerry" James passed away in King Edward Hospital earlier today (19th July).  

Gerry was born and raised in British Honduras (now Belize), the son of Henry George James, who had lived in Bermuda prior to settling in Belize and becoming a police officer in Belize.

Gerry joined the British Honduras Police as a young man and he was always very keen on bodybuilding and music.  Whilst in the BHP he became a member of their Police Band.

After retirement Gerry's father returned to Bermuda with all his family, with the exception of Gerry who remained in the BHP until he decided to make a move and come to Bermuda where he joined the Bermuda Police Force in October 1960.   His beauftiful girlfriend Gloria, followed him to Bermuda and the two were happily married for over 50 years. Sadly, Gloria pre-deceased Gerry.

After spending time on the beat in Hamilton, Gerry served for a while as a Process Server, then for quite a few years he was a Parish Constable in Pembroke Parish along with Aubrey "Tom Copper" Johnson.  Between them they were a formidable team and not to be tangled with by lawbreakers.  Gerry moved to Traffic and in 1966 he was promoted to Sergeant in Central Division. During that time he was an active member of the legendary Police Motor Cycle Display Team.

                       Members of the Police Motor Cycle Display Team perform the Pyramid
                 From top (l-r)   Tom Cassin, Dennis Brookes, Erskine Warner, Sgt Harold Moniz,
                  Campbell Simons, Eddie Foggo, Sgt “Custy” Crockwell, and Sgt. Gerry James

Following his retirement in 1985 Gerry worked for several years for Frith's Liquors in Hamilton.

Gerry always believed in keeping fit with his weighlifting and also playing squash. I can testify to the fact that he might not have been the most mobile of squash players, but when he hit a squash ball there was always a chance he would burst it!   Gerry had both physical strength and great strength of character.

You can read Gerry's lifestory  in our "Then and Now" column at

We offer our sincere condolences to the members of Gerry's family, and will provide further information about funeral arrangements as soon as we receive them.



We can report that the funeral service from our dear friend and colleague Gerald “Gerry” James will be held at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in Hamilton at 11am on Monday morning, 29thJuly 2019.

The following obituary has been published in the Royal Gazette -

A service celebrating the life of retired Chief Inspector GERALD EVERALD JAMES, beloved husband of the late Gloria James, of #1 Morer Estate Road, Smith's FL 05, in his 88th year, will be held 11am MONDAY MORNING, July 29, 2019, at The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Church Street, Hamilton. Interment will follow Holy Calvary RC Cemetery, Robert's Avenue, Devonshire. VISITATION: Relatives and friends may pay the respects SUNDAY EVENING ONLY, July 28 at AMIS Memorial Chapel, Khyber Pass, Warwick from 7.30 pm to 9pm. Gerald is survived by his siblings,  three sisters and four brothers: Phyllis Eversley, George James, Claudia Augustus, Maurice James (Mary), Grace James, Ronald James (Marian) and Richard James (Valerie); his numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Bermuda Police Benevolent Fund, 10 Headquarters Hill, Prospect, Devonshire DV 02. AMIS Memorial Chapel & Crematory.

You can add your condolences to Gerry’s family below the obituary in the Royal Gazette which you can view at




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#15 Denis Meehan 2019-10-06 03:39
Working with Gerry once we had a suspect who insisting upon getting up to move away. Gerry told him politely to 'sit down,man' accompanied by a gentle push on the shoulder. This was repeated probably ten or twelve times, until the suspect finally resigned himself to sitting and waiting. There was no rancour, no loss of temper, just a gentle controlled insistence. I thought at the time 'This is the way to go'. One of nature's gentlemen. If only there more like him.

Editors note - That's Gerry to a tee. The suspect was fortunate not to get on the wrong side of him though!
#14 Ismay James 2019-08-05 09:31
R.i.p uncle Gerald James. I will never forget the time I was able to spend with you. You will be missed however never forgotten.
#13 Clive 2019-08-02 22:09
C.I James was officer in charge of St. George's Police Statiin when I was stationed there. He was firm but fair. He visited the PRC every lunch time just to play Pac-Man. He wanted to beat the high score. He was a fun loving guy and we often crossed paths in the police gym. He had pointers on ones workout and many dared to hope to have a physique like his. I sure did. I visited Belize in 2006 and as fate would it, I sat next to his niece, I believe, on the flight from Miami.
Sincere condolences to all his family.
Clive Browne.

Editors note - He was an exceptional police officer and an exceptional human being.
#12 Mr John McQuaid 2019-08-02 20:21
One of the nicest guys in Bermuda, showed me around in my very early days there. I am very sad to hear of his passing, I would like to have met him again before he died. Respect and best wishes to Gloria, he was a good man.

Editors note - Your feelings about Gerry are shared with so many of us who worked with him. Sadly, Gloria pre-deceased him.
#11 Mick Wally Lumb 2019-07-29 08:03
A good man, soft spoken and polite. RIP.
#10 Stephen Rollin 2019-07-26 08:08
Sad to hear of Gerry's passing. A great guy, a regular visitor to the police gym.
#9 DONALD CAVE 2019-07-22 20:23
Back in the early days Jerry and a bunch of us guys used to visit one anothers homes to listen to C/D music that is before C/'s eventually became popular in Bermuda .
We all used to import our own C/D's .
Jerry liked what i call" new age music" which was very dynamic , I chose Classical music from the 17th & 18th century while some of the others in our group gravitated towards Jazz.
Back then we all had very exotic sound systems , it was the best that money could buy, some of us got into surround sound we lived in the music as if we were playing in a band or orchestra , it all was sort of a friendly competition for the best sound, our amplifiers had enormous power it is a wonder we did not crack the roof.
You might call us pioneers of the C/D Music world.
Eventually I went on to provide C/D dance music for our visitors at one of the hotels.

We all will miss you Gerry.

Editors note - Many thanks for writing so personally about Gerry and his music. I was not aware of his great interest in music until interviewing him for our "Then and Now" article which you can view at Gerry described how he was always interested in music and played the trumpet. He became a member of the British Honduras Police Band while serving there as a young police officer. Gerry went on to say that shortly after he joined the Bermuda Police he got together with a group of fellow musicians and they rented a cellar on Brunswick Street where they operated the Musicians Club (which I used to visit after the Forty Thieves Club closed at 3am) and Gerry gave me a photo of himself and Gloria with the great Louis Armstrong who they took to the Musicians Club after the maestro performed at the Rosebank Theatre.
#8 Neal Richardson 2019-07-22 09:26
You just need to correct the article, which reads "Belize (later called British Honduras)". It should be "British Honduras (later called Belize)".

Editors note - Many thanks for spotting my mistake Neal. Have made the correction.
#7 terry 2019-07-21 18:26
Lots can and will be said about Gerry.

Met him in 1966 and he gave me my final paycheck in 1985.

Always firm. Polite. In control.

Rest in peace Chief.

Your history speaks for itself.

Editors note - Well said Terry. Perfect description of an outstanding police officer - always firm, polite, and in control.
#6 Mike Burke 2019-07-21 14:46
One of the best, especially in times of trouble.

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