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Former Deputy Governor dies

Elton Georges. Photo Credit: Government Information Service

Former Deputy Governor Elton Georges has died.

Relatives said he died Wednesday night, April 4.

The retired public servant was recently in hospital battling an unspecified illness.

“We thank everyone for the love, kindness, prayers and support during his short illness,” family members said in a media release Thursday morning.

Besides being a Deputy Governor, Georges served in several other capacities such as an educator, Complaints Commissioner for the British Virgin Islands (the territory’s first ombudsman), and as a Permanent Secretary.

“Mr Georges embodied public service,” said Deputy Governor David Archer, Jr today, April 5.

“We extend our deepest sympathy, love, comfort and prayers to his immediate and extended family,” he added.

Following news of the death, Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie also paid tribute to Georges in a media release.

He described Georges as a contributor to the BVI’s ‘solid foundation’.

“We witnessed his tenure as a public servant and as Deputy Governor to be one where he served with distinction and integrity. The BVI also was made stronger from his many positive contributions socially,” Fahie said.

“No one could have questioned his deep faith and commitment to God. He served his Lord and Saviour faithfully. We will miss him dearly but may his legacy live on forever in our hearts,” added Fahie while offering condolences to the family.

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  1. Well sah says:

    They were killing the man before he dead?

  2. MJC says:

    This is very sad. Another dedicated stalwart and patriot has left a void in the world. May he RIP and hope the family found some comfort that his pain is no more. Our deepest condolences.

  3. Albion says:

    A star has fallen – a great loss to the Territory. There are very few who have the strength of moral character of a man like Elton George.

  4. WOW says:

    May his soul rest in peace.

  5. Thanks says:

    We thank him for all he did while serving.

  6. Family says:

    Thank you for those kind words Hon. Andrew Fahie. He was a dedicated and good man.

  7. Snoppy says:

    A true gentleman.

  8. The best of us says:

    Mr. Georges not only represented the best of us but the best of humankind. May his soul rest in peace and may God comfort his family.

  9. ... says:

    Sincere and deep condolences to the family. He was a good man. He excelled in his many roles in the civil (public) service and he left a good example for those behind him. He will be missed.

  10. Island man says:

    My deepest condolences to the family and friends of my Georges.
    May his soul rest in peace.

  11. Me says:

    As a Saturday Morning Walker I will miss you brother, may your soul rest in peace..

  12. Me says:

    We the Saturday Morning Walkers are going to miss you, May your soul rest in peace.

  13. vilander says:

    May his soul have a safe and peaceful journey.

    Politically, even had he lived to be a hundred years, he would not have never reached to the pinnacle of political power, which is governorship, of our homelands.

    Just another example of the wrong, unfair, undemocratic and un-righteous reality of colonialism, where an able fully capable individual will never ascend to the highest seat of power in his own land/country.

    Who, in the twenty first century, with forward thinking still thinks that is OK and that a people should continue to live under appointed governance, political and psycho social conditions indefinitely?

  14. A GIANT HAS PASSED says:

    Having worked with Mr. Georges, I can say that he was among the distinguished sons of the soil. He was a walking historian. A major portion of our history has gone with him in death. He was a great leader. He was a great mentor. He gave service above self. May God comfort his family at this time.

  15. TPTB says:

    They got to him and finish him off. He knew too much

  16. Rotarian TE says:

    The Rotary Family of the BVI & wider Caribbean, especially the Rotary Club of Tortola has lost one of his finest. His entire life evolved around the Intern’l Rotary Motto: “Service above self”. He was a mentor, a teacher, a very fair critic and a walking Encyclopedia – the void he left in the BVI can never be filled. Brother Elton, you have left this World, but will always live in our hearts. Rest in eternal peace until we meet again

  17. Norman and Patti Dickey says:

    We considered Elton one of our closest friends while wintering in Tortola over the eighteen years of friendship we learned so much about the history of Tortola he was a special person and we will miss him our condolences to Rita, Noni and Kamau we will treasure all our memories of time spent with Elton and Rita

  18. Norman and Patti Dickey says:

    We will miss Elton when we visit Tortola next year we considered Elton one of our closest friends. over our eighteen years of friendship we learned so much about the history and customs of Tortola he was a gentleman and some one we will miss very much our condolences to Rita and family we will treasure our memories .

  19. @what says:

    Elton was a real gentleman, a professional, filled with honesty, integrity and a sense of humour. The BVI has really lost one of its greatest assets. His passing fills me with sadness, and I am glad of the chance to have worked with him over many years and enjoyed the benefit of his sage counsel. My condolences to his family.

  20. Scary Mary says:

    Our deepest sympathies to Elton’s family and his many friends and coworkers.

    Rita, stay strong. You have the comfort of knowing he adored you. Kamau and Noni, we know you will be there to support your mother during this very difficult time. He was so proud of you both.

    May his soul rest in peace and may he always be at the head of the food line! 🙂

    He will be sorely missed by our entire family and the greater community.

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