These words were part of a piece of correspondence issued by Prime Minister to British Virgin Islands Premier, Ralph T. O’Neal on the recent death of his brother, Waldo O’Neal.
The late Waldo O’Neal, a former legislator, died at his home in The Valley, Virgin Gorda, on December 25th, two weeks before his 95th birthday.
“As a former legislator of the then Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands, representing what was then the Fifth District, the late Mr. O’Neal has made a sterling contribution to the social, economic and political development not only of Virgin Gorda, but also the entire Virgin Islands. He will be sorely missed. Please convey the condolences to other members of the family,” Prime Minister Douglas said in his message to Premier O’Neal.
The late Waldo O’Neal represented Virgin Gorda and Anegada in the Legislative Council – the precursor to the House of Assembly – from 1957 to 1960.
A memorial service and public viewing were held at the House of Assembly on Tortola, a public viewing at the Ashford Waters Community Center on Virgin Gorda and the official funeral at the St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in The Valley.
Mr. O’Neal was known for bringing crucial services to his district in his short time in the legislature. During his term, mail delivery service came to VG, and Anegada got its first stationed nurse and paved roads, according to a biography in “Empowerment Through Representation,” a government publication commemorating 50 years of self-governance in the Virgin Islands.
Mr. O’Neal is survived by one son, Ettiene and enjoyed reading and sports, especially cricket, acc according to the government biography.