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Virgin Islands ‘patriot’ Aubrey Levons laid to rest

Scenes from the funeral service on Saturday. Photo Credit: Andre ‘Shadow’ Dawson/BVI News Online

Scores of mourners turned out on Saturday to pay their last respects to the late Aubrey “Bego/ Deego” Levons of Anegada who passed away on November 3.

The late entertainer and owner of Big Bamboo Guest House, Restaurant and Bar was given a grand send-off during a ceremony at the Anegada Church of God. He was later laid to rest at a family burial ground on the island.

According to his eulogy, Levons had a deep passion for the islands he called home and was also engaged in the fishing trade prior to becoming a noted businessman.

Premier Dr. D Orlando Smith who was present at the ceremony described Levons as “a beloved and patriotic member of the Virgin Islands family”.

According to the Premier, his entrepreneurial venture, Big Bamboo was synonymous with fresh lobsters and conchs and a prime spot during the annual Lobster Fest in Anegada.

“Mr. Levons was an ambassador who was always eager to promote the BVI brand. He left an indelible mark on those he came into contact with, often sharing his musical talents and stories about the history and development of Anegada,” he stated.

He continued: “I fondly remembered the times he used to stop by my office to reminisce and talk about topics such as tourism, the environment, politics and his many ideas for development.”

He added that Levons was truly enthusiastic about the development of Anegada, and was even more so passionate about the preservation of its natural environment.

Also pitching in a few words, was Dr. Kedrick Pickering, Minister for Natural Resources and Labour.

“The friendship shared between Mr. Levons and myself goes back a long way. I considered him a personal friend of my family. Many will remember Mr. Levons telling you exactly what he thought –that’s the Aubrey Levons I knew.”

Among the other mourners present were, Minister for Health and Social Development, Ronnie Skelton and District Representative, Dr. Hubert O’Neal.

Levons was married for 43 years to Dianne and the union produced six children.

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