Hotelier Hal Martin dies

Tributes are pouring in for Barbadian hotelier Hal Martin who died in Florida, United States of America yesterday following a brief illness.

Martin, 67, was born in Barbados, but lived for much of his life in the US.

He was the owner of the Regency Cove Hotel, in Hastings, Christ Church and was also at one time the owner of the Windsor Hotel, also in Christ Church.

Friend and fellow businessman John Watson said Martin had a strong love for people.

“He had an ability to bring people together to mobilize ideas and get them going. I think, again like the late Trevor Clarke, [his death] is a great loss to the black business sector in Barbados. I think we have lost someone who would have done much to further the pace for black business development in Barbados,” Watson said.

Similar sentiments were shared by Muhammad Nassar, another businessman, who described Martin as “a very good man” who wanted to improve people’s lives.

“I think Martin was a very good man. He was always talking about the improvement of our people and he is a man that will be seriously missed. Though he lived in California, USA, he was always trying to get in contact with us to find ways and means to get resources in Barbados to help black businessmen. He is going to missed among us. Barbados has lost a good son,” Nassar said.

Martin, an accountant, was a strong proponent of medical tourism.

7 Responses to Hotelier Hal Martin dies

  1. Mark Adamson September 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    I must register deepest and most profound thoughts with the family, relatives, friends and loved ones of the late Hal Martin on his recent passing in the USA.

    Indeed, he was very progressive in his support for the growth and development of black businesses in this country and very spirited about the quest for reparations for descendants of those Blacks who were enslaved by white enslavers many years ago.

    May His thoughts live on, whilst he Rest In Peace.

    Just a little bit, though: is John Watson still a Senator? If he is, why is there no reference to and respect being given in the above news story to his being a Senator in the Senate of the Parliament of Barbados?

  2. Sandra Browne Sampson
    Sandra Browne Sampson September 13, 2017 at 2:58 am

    May he RIP

  3. Earl Maynard September 13, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Extremely saddened by the passing of one of my best friends for over 40 years. He was very passionate for the upliftment of black people everywhere. It is difficult for me not to have a friend like Hal to discuss important issues on a regular basis. Together with Eddy Grant, Hal and myself, we had a partnership like no other. Will miss him, may he rest in peace.

  4. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray September 13, 2017 at 7:54 am

    S.I.P bro

  5. Kim Davis
    Kim Davis September 13, 2017 at 7:57 am

    John Carl Martin May he rest in peace.

  6. Lineth Nanton Greenidge
    Lineth Nanton Greenidge September 13, 2017 at 9:03 am


  7. Sara Patel-Motara
    Sara Patel-Motara September 13, 2017 at 9:14 am

    May he R I P


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