Premier Dr. D Smith has joined a throng of persons who are now mourning the death of radio icon, Merrit Herbert who passed away on Saturday.
Herbert was the owner of ZBVI radio.
“I am truly saddened at the news of the passing of BVI/Nevis radio icon and historian, Mr. Merrit Herbert, and I join the territory in reflecting on his contributions to our society,” said Premier Smith.
“Merrit called the BVI home for many years having migrated from Nevis. His biggest influence was felt in our media industry through the founding of ZBVI radio, after having successfully founded VON Radio in Nevis.”
The premier noted that over the years ZBVI radio has provided residents with diverse signature radio programmes catering to every generation and musical genre.
According to the premier, Herbert had a keen appreciation for the value of information during important times like hurricanes, special events, House of Assembly meetings, graduations, election coverage and much more.
“It is often said that we should give flowers while they can be appreciated, and I know that a few years ago, Merrit was also among those recognised in our community, as an unsung hero by the NLBC [New Life Baptist Church), for his exemplary contributions and work in our media industry and all he did to shine the spotlight on the territory’s agricultural sector.”
“In remembering Merrit’s many contributions to the social and economic fabric of our territory, and towards the development of our broadcast media sector, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Harriette, and his children, as well his entire family circle both in the BVI and in Nevis, along with the staff of ZBVI Radio,” he said.
Meanwhile, as news of Herbert’s passing spread throughout the territory, several persons have taken to Facebook to express sympathies.
“I had the privilege of living in his home while attending BVI High School and he was a dad to us. I joined everyone and say rest in eternal peace Mr Herbert,” said Orlando Stevens.
“Shocked and deeply saddened by news of the passing last night of Mr Merritt Herbert who I worked with for nine years at ZBVI, Tortola. Words just cannot express the loss of someone who has made a sterling contribution to business and broadcasting in the BVI and Nevis,” Erasmus Williams expressed.
“Rest in eternal peace brother Merrit! Our table at Rotary will never be the same without you. You will forever be remembered. Heartfelt condolences to the entire family,” Johanna Boyd, another Facebook user said.
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