HENRY EDWARD ERNEST VICTOR BLISS, 4TH BARON BLISS, commonly known as
BARON BLISS (16 February 1869 – 9 March 1926), was a British -born
traveller who willed nearly two million
* 1 Biography * 2 The Bliss bequest * 3 Baron Bliss Day * 4 References
He was born Henry Edward Ernest Victor de Barreto and lived in
Bliss became paralysed from the waist down in 1911 at the age of 42,
likely due to polio , and was confined to a wheelchair. Despite this,
he remained active. He was apparently an avid sailor, but had his
yacht confiscated for war purposes during the
First World War
Although he had some property there, he eventually grew tired of
Bahamanian society and decided to move on. Leaving the
Bliss's health appeared to improve over the next few weeks, and he
spent much of this time sailing around the area in his launch ,
exploring the coastline and fishing. However, just days before his
57th birthday, his health took a turn for the worse, and doctors
advised him that he was terminally ill. It was at this time that he
decided he would leave the bulk of his fortune to the country, and
signed a new draft of his will , dated 17 February. Several weeks
later, he died on his yacht, never having landed on the Belize
mainland. He was buried in
THE BLISS BEQUEST
At the time of his death, Bliss's fortune was worth nearly £1
million (about BZ$ 1.8 million). About $480,000 was claimed by the
The original monies were to be invested in British stocks and securities, and only the interest earned could be spent, and even that could not be spent on churches, dance halls or schools, except agricultural and vocational ones. One-hundred pounds sterling was to be set aside annually for a regatta , which has since been held every year on Baron Bliss Day. A peculiar condition attached to the money was that no American may be a trustee or an employee of a trustee. No explanation was given.
Over the years, the trust has provided more than $2 million to fund projects, including the Bliss Institute , Bliss School of Nursing , and other capital projects across the country. As of 2011 , the fund was still worth roughly $1.5 million.
BARON BLISS DAY
Soon after his death, the government declared 9 March to be Baron Bliss Day, a national public holiday . In November 2008 this was renamed to National Heroes and Benefactors Day, and is now observed the Monday closest to 9 March, unless it falls on a Saturday.
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