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Father of Bermuda’s Miss World winner dies

  • Gina Swainson was crowned Miss World in 1979

The father of Bermuda’s Miss World winner has died. Edward Raymond Swainson was 88.

His daughter, Gina, was crowned Miss World in 1979 having been first runner-up in the Miss Universe contest earlier that year.

Mr Swainson grew up in St George’s and later lived in Spanish Point, before leaving to live in Atlanta, Georgia.

He worked as a refrigeration technician and was a keen footballer.

During his first marriage to Winifred, Mr Swainson had a son and three daughters — John, now deceased, Gina, Donna and Catherine.

He married a second time to Rosalind with whom he had three more children Nefertari, Natelege and Michael.

Mr Swainson’s cousin Vernon Swainson told The Royal Gazette: “Eddie was like a mentor to me; we were very close. He excelled in soccer. He was a very cool guy, he was very personable.”

Vernon added that Mr Swainson was delighted when his daughter won Miss World.

He said: “Oh that was a big moment. He was very proud of his daughter.”

Mr Swainson’s father Edward “Bosun” Swainson scored the first-ever Cup Match century and was also the first black person to reach the rank of Inspector in the Bermuda Police Service.