Yeaton Duval Outerbridge
Family man, businessman, sportsman, inventor, publisher, ambassador, historian, philanthropist, entrepreneur… Yeaton Duval Outerbridge enjoyed, in his own words, an “outstanding innings.” A 14th generation Bermudian, YDO was born on December 22nd 1926, the second son of Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Alexander Outerbridge of Bailey’s Bay. He is a descendent of Thomas Outerbridge, who settled in Bermuda from Yorkshire, England circa 1620, the same year the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock aboard the Mayflower. There is a local adage that bears testament to the family’s historical influence…
“Bermuda is a chain of islands connected by Outerbridges.
”Yeaton attended Whitney Institute and Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda. He served in Bermuda’s Territorial Army during the Second World War, and later attended the New York Institute of Photography. When he returned to Bermuda, the affable Outerbridge embarked on a long career in sales. He was associated with A.J. Gorham Limited, Hand Arnold Limited, Bermuda Wines and Spirits and The Bermuda Paint Company where he was Director of Sales for over thirty years. He founded Somers Distillers and created Bermuda Gold, a popular loquat based liqueur. He was also a founder of Island Press Limited and Preview Magazine.
Yeaton Duval Outerbridge receives official citationAs a sportsman, YDO promoted competitive sailing in Bermuda and internationally. Then President of the Bermuda Sunfish Association, he presided over the Third World Sunfish Championship in 1972 and supported Bermuda in hosting the 1983 World Windsurfing Championships and the 1986 Tornado World Championships. He served as sports commentator for the Newport-Bermuda Ocean Yacht Race; managed the yachting team at the Montreal Olympics in 1976 and was Chef-de-Mission for the Bermuda contingent at the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico. In 1986, Yeaton was elected President of the Bermuda Olympic Association and was acknowledged for his achievement in the House of Assembly.
In 2001, YDO was invited by the Government of Bermuda to represent the island at the 35th annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the National Mall in Washington D.C. He also promoted the Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival by sponsoring the Outerbridge Cup, awarded for the Best Amateur Fish Chowder as judged by a panel of professional chefs and food experts. Yeaton was congratulated by the Bermuda Parliament in 1986 for his efforts in raising $20,000 for the Statue of Liberty Restoration Fund and has been involved in numerous local benevolent endeavors including Outerbridge Peppers’ sponsorship of luger Simon Payne, Bermuda’s first Winter Olympian, who competed in the 1992 Albertville and 1994 Lillehammer Games. He was a member of the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, The Mid-Ocean Club, Coral Beach Club and The Conanicut Yacht Club in Jamestown, Rhode Island.
Yeaton Duval Outerbridge passed away on January 31, 2006. He is sadly missed but fondly remembered by his family and friends. Outerbridge Peppers Limited remains committed to his legacy of exemplary customer service and quality products… “We do hope you enjoy them!”