Press Release

Premier's Office
Release Date:
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 - 6:00pm

The Government of the Virgin Islands is creating an online book of condolence in honour of the life, legacy and contributions of Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, Member Emeritus.

The book of condolence will be launched on Monday, December 9 on Government’s website

Director of Communications Mrs. Arliene T. Penn said Honourable O’Neal has touched the lives of many and that there has been an outpouring of requests from many persons and organisations locally, regionally and internationally who wish to share tributes.

Honourable O’Neal was the longest-serving elected official in the history of the Territory of the Virgin Islands. He was the Territory’s first Premier from 2007 to 2011 and contributed significantly to the development of the Territory. He served this Territory in many different capacities including as a teacher and an administrator.

The Director of Communications added, “People are desirous of sharing their stories and the online book of condolence will provide an avenue to do so. The online book of condolence will serve as a historical document as people will be able to tell the story of Honourable O’Neal from many perspectives.” 

Persons wishing to share tributes can do so by emailing the Government at Persons can also contact 468-2152 if there are further questions.

The public is also reminded that a State Funeral is being planned for Wednesday, December 11 to honour the first Premier of the Virgin Islands Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, Member Emeritus. His body will lie in state at the House of Assembly Chambers on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10.

The public viewing is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on both days. This will be followed by the State Funeral on Wednesday, December 11 at the Multipurpose Sports Complex. The start time will be announced shortly. Additional details regarding the arrangements for the state funeral will be provided in subsequent communications.

A Coordination Committee, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Assembly Honourable Julian Willock, is planning the occasion in close consultation with the family and Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie.




Official Photograph of Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE Member Emeritus


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