Environmental crusader, broadcaster and one-time independent MP Stuart Hayward was also dedicated to his community, his wife said.
“One of the things that I admired most about Stuart was that he was a man of action,” Jamie Bacon told The Royal Gazette.
“Rather than complain about how things were, Stuart took steps to fix them.”
Mr Hayward proved a political upsetter in 1989 when he ousted Clarence James, of the ruling United Bermuda Party, from the strong seat of Pembroke West Central.
As the island’s last MP to win a constituency without the backing of a political party, Mr Hayward’s example gave hope to other mavericks.
Mr Hayward’s single term marked the first election of an independent to the House of Assembly in decades.
More recently, he championed the environment as founder of the Bermuda Environmental Sustainability Task Force in 2007.
But Dr Bacon said that while Mr Hayward was synonymous to many with green advocacy, he was a determined campaigner on behalf of ordinary people.
She highlighted her husband’s mission to preserve Admiralty House as a park — challenging the Government in 1974 with a two-day concert at the Spanish Point property against plans to develop it as a hotel college.