The BVI is today mourning the loss of Peter Haycraft, OBE, one of the territory’s leading businessmen and philanthropists.
Haycraft, the former Founder, Shareholder and Director of RoadTown Wholesale Trading Ltd (RTW), passed away in the early hours of Saturday, May 29. He was 88 years old.
News of his death has brought an outpouring of condolences in the territory.
“He will be sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren and many lifelong friends. Peter and Penny made the BVI their home from 1960, raised three children and enjoyed 62 years of married life. They would like to thank everyone for their condolences and kind messages,” the family of the deceased has said.
A statement from RTW describes its founder as “an inspiration” who will be “dearly missed by all the employees, customers and partners of the business –a business in which he built over a period of 60 years.”
Haycraft was awarded the Queen’s Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2020 for offering his services to the British Virgin Islands
Haycraft had been a leading light in his contribution to businesses and supported educational, cultural, sailing and voluntary organisations across the territory for many years.
Most notably, the contribution made by him and his family after the Hurricanes of 2017, to rebuild the Enis Adams Primary School in excess of $2 million.
Haycraft migrated to the British Virgin Islands in 1959 to run a ferry service between Tortola and St Thomas and had made significant contributions to the BVI community.
He also served as Commodore of the Royal BVI Yacht Club on thirteen occasions and was one of the original organisers of the BVI Spring Regatta – now recognised today as one of the Caribbean’s leading sailing events.
Haycraft is survived by his wife Penny, son Chris and daughters Susan and Julie.
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