By Esther Durand, BVI News Staff
Junior minister for tourism Archibald Christian is calling for the Craft Alive Village in Road Town to be renamed in honour of the recently deceased legislator, Delores Christopher.
Speaking at her official funeral ceremony at the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church on Saturday, Christian said Christopher deserves to be honoured because of the sterling contribution that she has made to British Virgin Islands culture.
He then directed his calls towards the Premier Dr D Orlando Smith-led government of which he and Christopher is and has been a part of
“I ain’t going to rest until that happens,” he said. “[It is] in honour of the service and dedication that she has made to the business community in the Virgin Islands.”
In the meantime, a number of government and high-ranking officials attended to pay tribute to Christopher.
Governor Augustus Jaspert said he was ‘saddened’ to learn of her passing and described her as a ‘committed public official’ who has served the people of the Fifth Electoral District and the territory with great pride.
Premier Dr D Orlando Smith said she was the ‘epitome of patriotism’ and a keen businesswoman who transferred those skills to her lengthy tenure as a public servant. He further said he considered it a ‘personal honour’ to have had her as part of the National Democratic Party for more than two decades.
“I especially enjoyed debates in the House of Assembly where her contributions were laced with anecdotes and analogies. She had an uncanny and unmatched way of using narratives to express her concerns, which also helped others to consider her point of view.”
Opposition Leader Andrew Fahie, who also paid tribute, said he will always remember and respect her honesty and determination to fight for what is right.
“We will all cherish the many fond memories of our now-deceased colleague, honourable, sister, family, mother and friend.”
He added: “We will miss her dearly, but may her legacy live on forever in our hearts.”
Several persons came to pay their final respects to her and to extend sympathies to her family.
Her final resting place was at her family cemetery in Mount Healthy.