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"Pat Cash."

He was, without a doubt, THE WORLD'S MOST HANDSOME MAN! He was this internally and externally.

No movie star ever came close to him. Many asked why he was not in Hollywood.

Tall, dark, handsome and charismatic with a deep commanding broadcaster's voice, "Pat Cash" was a star to everyone who saw him. Women shamelessly threw themselves at him. Mother smiled, understanding why. He was a man who believed in the harmonious equality of religious belief within harmless, spiritual minds; and was her "guru ji" and she his.

Men realized no matter how well dressed or monied they were, they could never be him. Everyone, including movie stars, did double takes when he walked by asking "Who is that?" to which others would reply, "Don't you know the great Pat Cash?!" They called him "CashMoney," "SuperCash" and "Star!"

Eric 'Pat' Cash, Jr. was born in Nassau, the Bahamas on 8th April 1950 to Alberta Cecilia, nee’ Pettee and Eric B. Cash, Sr., high school French teacher and musician in the decades entertaineing Louie Adams band, at the exclusive Lyford Cay Club.

He learned academics from his mother, originating from Black, South India, formerly a school teacher who was lauded as "The smartest girl in these islands,"she was ready for college by age 15.

He learned music from his father, a composer, Sorborne-Paris music student and gated Lyford Cay musician who volunteered piano, multiple instruments and French lessons to underprivileged children, youth & performing adults.

He learned business from an industrious grand-mother figure, aunt “Lala,” whose shop supplied local community needs.

He learned manly arts and practical skills from his beloved “uncle ‘Mon,” an esteemed boat builder for wealthy, international clients,

He learned spirituality and philosophy from long sessions with borrowed book from private librariess, sisters, priests and teachers at Our Lady’s and at St. Augustine’s College.

Being the eldest son in a family that produced 12 children, when times were hard, because hotels were closed during off-season, he worked numerous jobs to help finance his siblings’ education. He always shared his money with his beautiful mother, who distributed it amongst her children.

He was a handsome, brave, athletically gifted young man with a booming voice, infectious laugh and a brilliant, fearlessly inquisitive, spiritual mind. Sisters at his primary school teased him that he was "a big fish in a small pond.”

In 1969 Eric Patrick Cash graduated as “Head Boy” / President of the student body from Saint Augustine’s College, Fox Hill Bahamas,

       

In 1973, Pat earned a Mass Communications degree at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, United States.

He interned at TV stations in Milwaukee. He worked at and received an offer from CBS Network to be news floor Director in New York City. But, he left it as a permanent job, following his heart and choosing to return home to build “a culturally rich Bahamas.”

  

                   

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Internationally Eric Patrick Cash applied his B.A in Mass Communications through many motion pictures visiting our islands.

He was Assistant to the Producer for the movie “Into the Blue” (2005) starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba.

He provided production services for James Bond movie “Casino Royale” (2006) starring Daniel Craig.

He was the first ever Bahamian to hold the position of 2nd Assistant Director of a foreign film, “Matrimonio alle Bahamas” (Wedding in the Bahamas 2007)

Unexpectedly, while working behind the scenes, he found himself starring in a “Better in the Bahamas” tourism ad broad cast commercial during the 2009 Miss Universe Contest, hosted in the Bahamas.

                                 

His handsome visage gave rise to a flurry of phone calls from people wanting to know “Pat, was that really you on TV, again?”

 

After years of production work in movies, documentaries (Murder in Paradise 2013), music videos (Shania Twain/Lionel RitchieEndless Love” 2014) and commercials (Bahamar 2015) and extensive photo shoots as THE “Fixer Supreme,” Eric Cash shifted his media attention to focus more on media driven historical and cultural education.

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Back in the 70's, also after a brief stint as a high fashion model while working at CBS in NYC, he returned home to work as media director for "Cumberland House," a famous nightclub listed in Playboy magazine as THE hot spot to visit in Nassau. Why? Because, during his tenure there, he was responsible for keeping everyone dancing the night away.

Then, he put together the music sensation “Dr. Off” and produced a number of hit songs, including “Get Involved” and “Junk, Junk, Junkanoo.” Ty Fitzgerald, lead vocalist of the band received help from Pat at the behest of Ty’s cousin Munnings. Pat saw in Ty a talented poet and was enthusiastic to assist. He used all of his available resources and sister Jennifer Cash’s car for the successful project. He often said_ “Creatives need help from other creatives.”

He believed that “each person’s GOD-given specialty made our National unity part of GOD'S multi-Universe's "music-of-the-spheres.” Both hit songs became a rousing call to the Nation to choose more carefully, based on internal virtues, ethics and principles.

 

 

He wrote and produced a very special presentation, starring dancing and the "spoken word" by Bahamian children and youths called "Children of Atlantis" for ZNS television. It was a unique exploration of our geographical and spiritual Atlantean heritage.

His LRU/Learning Resource Unit stint allowed welcome creative expression. There he wrote proposals for, directed, produced and hosted his own and fellow Creatives' children’s programs. One of which made him a local “star” is the televised program “It’s Academic.”

He started the "Junkanoo Arts Conservatory" dance school for disenfranchised children and later produced his own band "Cash" singing and rapping with his wife Helen S. D. Cash. Their song "Hands' Up" was a #1 hit in Freeport, Bahamas. An additional track "Light a Candle for Love" was also widely appreciated both as a soulfully conscious inspiration and instrumental track in the USA.

HANDS UP

 

Light A CANDLE FOR LOVE

In this song Pat Cash delivers an unforgettable sermonette based upon ancient philosophical teachings.

Light a Candle For Love Sermonette

(Doop, Doop, Doop Doo Wop!)

We’ve Got To Be, What We’ve Got To Be.

(Do It For Love!)

We’ve Got To Do, What We’ve Got To Do.

(Doop, Doop, Doop Doo Wop!)

The Universe, Being A Process Of Dynamics

Things Which Are In Harmony Must Needs Come To Stand Still.

In Order To Transform Into A New Experience Of Harmony,

Stand Still Means Readying For A Change.

Understanding That A Bird Hatching An Egg Does Not Sing In Its Nest.

Remember, As You Crouch In A Posture Of Submission, Or Restraint,

Or Non-Assertiveness That It Is A Posture One Assumes

To Go Down Into, Or Beneath, In Order To Examine, To Repair, To Learn, To Re-energize.

And Therefore, Crouching May Be Taken As An Antecedent To Springing Out, Jumping Upon Or, Leaping Ahead.

For We’ve Got To Be What We’ve Got To Be.

And We’ve Got To Do What We’ve Got To Do.

We’ve Got To Be What We Oughta Was,

And We’ve Got To Do What We Oughta Done Do, To Be Free.

Do It, Do It, Do It.

Sing Children…

 

At Compass Point Studios he produced his, and song writer-poet-wife Helen's, music. He arranged and produced much unreleased music, one of which is the old anthem "Freedom Song" with Robert Palmer and Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz.

FREEDOM SONG

In the early oughties (2000's) he wrote music and created a fantastic art piece for and produced "Water Water" with poet-rapper Silence, a tribute to Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Katrina hurricane art by Pat Cash

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Pat Cash did not limit his efforts to strictly media endeavors. He was dedicated to promoting local socio-cultural economic independence and excellence in the Bahamas.

He reorganized the Botanical Gardens and the Produce Exchange.

At The BAIC/Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, administered by community minded Hillary Deveaux, Eric Cash provided creative islanders of literature, arts and crafts sales opportunities and taught them “how to be a business.”

His excellent work inspired Mr. Deveaux, despite Pat’s vehement protests, to send him to work (again, for what he knew was to become a brief stint) at the Prime Minister’s Office as an Investment Promotions Officer for the Financiaa l Services Secretariat Department.

He introduced the concept of earning an independent living through expanding our crafts, but, not selling to the highest bidder. He argued that “In spite of being born within a narrow opportunity culture, we need to slow the ‘brain drain’ on this Nation which only enhances somewhere else.” He wanted to and did create “social inventions” which would encourage and provide opportunities for “our best” to stay home and enrich our own beautiful Bahamian culture.

“Pat Cash is the future of tourism” praised Tourism Minister, The Honourable Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, to many colleagues during his own tenure there. Pat in turn said of him “V. V-W, is the most innovative and visionary of servants to the Nations wellbeing.”

Pat enthusiastically worked in the MoT with many domestic and international businesses. As a cultural expert working with the Honourable V. V-W, he redirected the focus of the Ministry of Tourism to “support the Nation’s families and provide opportunities to the true Bahamian cultural community.”

He initiated and carried out tours of our cultural nurseries called junkanoo shacks, giving them tourism attracting advice and economic growth. The outcome was the delight of thousands of tourists who sent him and the Ministry notes/faxes/e-mails saying “thank you for Pat Cash,” “had a great time becaue of Pat Cash” and “Pat Cash made our vacation the most interesting and exciting_ ever.” Needless to say there have been many return visits.

In fact, his dedication created worldwide, copycat “junkanoo” programmes in many international colleges & universes, enhancing their students graduation “credits” for learning our most simplistic junkanoo patterns and “riddims.” Many of these have expressed a strong desire to participate in and even rate in a true junkanoo “rushout.”

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Over the decades Pat wrote more and more music, poetry, articles, plans and proposals for creating a just and peaceful Nation. He espoused the belief that “We are part of the world, and must promote global unity through cultural equality.” He worked to create appreciation without exploitation among Bahamians. He said that, “Without the interference of personal greed and/or special interest groups we could all experience selfless, harmonious cultural exchanges amongst each other and our world-wide tourists.”

He organized many youth groups in an ethic of community themed junkanoo and was an esteemed "Cultural Consultant" for fairs and festivals.

                         Eric Patrick Cash the The Legend Joseph Spence

Eric Patrick Cash appreciating and interviewing international, Bahamian legend Joseph Spence, circa early 1980's

He voluntarily initiated and was director of many free culturally oriented after school programs and self-reliant programs and opportunities for teen mothers and recidivist youths.

Pat worked with Hon. Daniel Johnson, Minister of Youth Sports and Culture who gave encouragement and entrée to Pats Culture Clubb after school program at Gerald Cash Primary School. He was encouraged in these efforts by the astute counselor Ms. Shelly Small who appreciated his patience, listening skills and concrete encouragement to fourth and sixth graders.

During this time he wrote and produced, with his production assistant, musician and IT daughter Ngozi "Guzzy" Cash, the song "No Bullying Allowed." The children took the lyrics given them, created their own beat and the result is the joyful song below.

Even after a grueling 2-4 hour stint as a "favorite" BahamaHost Lecturer, teaching Bahamaian history and culture, he volunteered his time, walking long distances (having no transportation) to faithfully conduct after school sessions. In these free after school programs he happily taught Bahamian culture to 6 to 12 year olds. They in turn loved him, affectionately calling him “Cashmoney” and making up happy songs about him during his school field trips. They are sure to miss him.

                                   

                                  Eric Patrick Cash before a school field trip

 

Another children’s program he organized and directed was “Flamingo Soccer Academy” for girls and boys with volunteer coaches at Carmichael Community Centre. Here is where skill-in-action and teamwork ethics were taught to our children. Later it became The Fyre Byrds Soccer Club.

          

Businessman Juan Bacardi sponsored this team. His young son visited, played with and even celebrated a birthday party with the delighted team and friends. They were staunch participants. 

The Rotary Club of Nassau sponsored team merchandise.

Additionally Pat Cash initiated a Flamingo Tennis Academy program for school children after Phys. Ed. teachers complained that their “couch potato” students lacked "physical co-ordination." So, renowned tennis pro’s Bradley Roberts and Juan Bacardi’s Lyford Cay Tennis Club instructors volunteered their Saturdays. They happily worked at improving eye/hand co-ordination and teaching students the basics of tennis. Some students discovered they were naturally gifted tennis players. The photos below, were taken by Pat Cash.

               

 

 

    

 

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Eric Patrick Cash, "Headboy" / President of the student body

at his SAC Class of '69's 50 year Reunion, May 2019

 

 

Pat, Willie and "Sweet Lou" at "Willie's place," May 2019


 

     

 

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 Just before his unexpected crossing-over-behind-the-veil, Pat Cash was seeking sponsorship, funds and pre-orders for self-publishing book one and two of the children’s trilogy he wrote and illustrated. He left behind historical poetry, numerous manuscripts and art. He primarily focused on producing his “No Bullying Allowed” campaign, offering multi-media products in the form of social media videos, downloadable MP3 songs and ebooks. These provide students, teachers, parents and children of all ages with the behavioral and restorative therapy necessary for any stable society. His immediate family has pledged to continue his legacy as he outlined it.

Click images below to read sample chapter from book two of his Dilly Trilogy

 

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  Oh, how we LOVE and MISS you dearest Eric Patrick Cash.

We know that you are with GOD in true Satlok, that highest heaven and better place than this you touched with GOD'S grace.

Dedication from my dearest Mother and his beloved wife Helen to:

World Server, Nation builder, my Bff/best-friend-for-life and beyond, best husband & treasured, GOD-loving soul, avatar, heroe and multitalented Eric Patrick “PAT” Cash, resident of true SATLOK since 22 May, 2020­. I dedicate this poem to you to rid my grief soothe my loss of GOD’S gift to the multi-universes:

"My love," you've not gone. You've flown home.

Here, you lived_ "Sat naam,"Sar nam"_ loaned.

Thank YOU “Immortal GOD,” Most Divine,

For YOUR gift to this World_ so kind;

For our true, everlasting love,

YOU bestowed 'pon us, from above.

Eric Patrick Cash

8 April 1950-22 May 2020

 

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10 comments

  • Comment Link Rubye Purnell Funchess Saturday, 15 May 2021 16:12 posted by Rubye Purnell Funchess

    Dear Sandra,
    I am Ruby Purnell from Brinkley High School, class of 1964.
    My condolences on the loss of your husband. I'm glad to know that you are well. I have been inquiring about your whereabouts over the years. Please contact me at: rpfunchess@yahoo.com. or 711 McCormack Court, Ridgeland, MS 39157

  • Comment Link Candi Thursday, 13 May 2021 00:17 posted by Candi

    What a man! His story and legend needs to be told.

  • Comment Link Mrs. Helen Sandra Duncan Cash Thursday, 08 April 2021 14:11 posted by Mrs. Helen Sandra Duncan Cash

    How happy we were, my own true love,
    Forever, your Helen

  • Comment Link Shelly Small Tuesday, 26 May 2020 01:55 posted by Shelly Small

    Mr. Cash,
    I thought we had time. Time to amend situations that hindered the success of your projects. The ones that undoubtedly would have benefited the participants and by extension, our country. Unfortunately, death crept in like a thief at night and snatched life away from you. Regardless of your tragic demise, I will forever store your words of wisdom and guidance in my mind. You will always be remembered as one of the most honest and intelligent person I have ever encountered. I will miss your profound knowledge on politics and the 'beauty' of life. Honestly, I was always sagacious enough to avoid any political dialogues with you. In fact, I remained silent and left my colleague to converse with you. But being the passive listener had its rewards because you knew how to provoke my thoughts.

    Your departure seems unbelievable and indeed difficult to grasp but may your soul rest in peace Mr. Cash!

  • Comment Link Michael Brennen Monday, 25 May 2020 10:43 posted by Michael Brennen

    My deepest condolences. Pat was older brother to one of my best friend, Greg. I remember him as always dapper and friendly. So sad that he suffered in such a shameful manner - it seems unbelievable that what was described could happen. My prayers for healing go out to the family

  • Comment Link Troubled Monday, 25 May 2020 01:00 posted by Troubled

    Where were these people before hus death? After the fact, memories, cant bring him back. A number of people in this country are victimized simply for speaking out against wrong ACTS.

  • Comment Link Samantha Cartwright Sunday, 24 May 2020 20:23 posted by Samantha Cartwright

    I have had the privilege of working with Pat Cash for many years and I’m deeply concerned about what has happened to him and I am extremely lost for words. Grateful if a family member can contact me as soon as possible. I only have his mobile number. samanthargcartwright@gmail.con.

  • Comment Link Shena Newton Sunday, 24 May 2020 17:50 posted by Shena Newton

    Hello my name is Shena Newton. I had the privilege of knowing Mr. Pat Cash. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Cash. Would the family member who wrote this post please get in contact with me at at bahamareader..com.

  • Comment Link Phyllis Garraway Sunday, 24 May 2020 12:01 posted by Phyllis Garraway

    OMG. He was Head Boy at SAC when I was in my first year...smart, good looking and dedicated. I worked on movie sets with him and he was the perfect gentleman and professional. I never knew any of this and I’m flabbergasted, hurt and sad. If only I knew....but God knows best. I am willing to do what I can.

  • Comment Link Christopher L. Hamilton Saturday, 23 May 2020 19:52 posted by Christopher L. Hamilton

    I am Christopher L. Hamilton, long time good friend, from our days at SAC.We had remained close even through intermittent visit to Bahamas.
    We had connected just prior to covid-19 where assistance was happily given.
    My best friend, a very dedicated & decent human being.I love him dearly.

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