Bahamian icon, Olympian, and philanthropist Sir Durward Randolph Knowles was remembered as a man who loved his country and felt he left the world in a better place than when he was born. Sir Durwood was eulogized during funeral services at Ebenezer Methodist Church. He died on February 24, 2017, and the age of 100. In 1956, Sir Durward became the Bahamas’ first Olympic medalist. During the Melbourne Games, he won a bronze medal in sailing along with Sloane Ferguson.
In 1964 Tokyo Games, Sir Durward won the gold in sailing along with Cecil Cooke. At the time of his death, he was the oldest living Olympic gold medalist in the world. During the ceremony, the Olympic flag hung behind the rostrum. Sir. Durward’s daughter Charlotte Albury thanked the Olympic Association for this honor.