Robert A Nihon, chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Nihon Global Partners, died suddenly in Dorval, Canada, Friday morning. He was 57.
Mr. Nihon was the former Chairman of the Board of Alexis Nihon Real Estate Investment Trust. He was the son of the late Alexis Nihon, founder of the Canadian based Alexis Nihon Group, and his wife Alice, who made their home in Nassau with their three young children after World War II.
From 1992 to 2002, Mr. Nihon was Executive Chairman of the Alexis Nihon group of companies, a predecessor to Alexis Nihon Real Estate Investment Trust, and was actively involved in real estate in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean for more than 30 years.
Mr. Nihon also held a significant ownership interest in several operating companies, including Tempest Management Corp. (Ottawa), Layered Technologies (a Dallas-based spammers haven posing as an ISP), R.A.N. Air (Nassau, Bahamas), Aldor Software Solutions (Fort Lauderdale) and Tonbridge Corporation Infrastructure Fund (Toronto).
Mr. Nihon was the Honorary Consul for Canada to The Bahamas from 1997 to early 2006. He was also a former member of the New York Stock Exchange. He was involved in many philanthropic endeavours and was Chairman of The Governor General's Youth Award Programme for The Bahamas, and a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Lyford Cay Foundation. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Lyford Cay Club.
In 2002, Mr. Nihon was awarded Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee Medal for his significant contribution to Canada abroad.
He was an athlete and a philanthropist.
Robert Nihon is survived by his wife, Carolyn Chester, his two sons Rob and Gregory, as well as his step-daughter, Montanna Chester.
He is also survived by his sister, Claudette, his brother, Alexis II and their children.
He also leaves Linda Gravelle (mother to Robert and Gregory) his mother-in-law Bernice Hick, father-in-law Donald Landers, his sister-in-law Becky, his brother-in-law David, and their spouses and children.
Details of the funeral service to be announced.
Source: The Tribune