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Residents are extending tributes in honour of the former Deputy Governor, Mr. Elton Georges, OBE, who passed away last evening, April 4.
His son, Kamau Georges in a Facebook post said that his dad died peacefully.
"Such a beautiful man.... surrounded by loving family singing his favorite hymns my dad was called home last night. Thank you friends family and BVI, for your loving support and for giving him his flowers while he was alive," he said.
He added, "He (Elton) confirmed that and said to me weeks ago that he couldn’t ask for more of this life and he has heard his eulogy several times as you have honored him as a community in ceremony and in person. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. We will miss you Daddy."
Opposition Leader, Hon. Andrew Fahie described Georges as a son of the soil, who have contributed to the solid foundation of the BVI.
"We witnessed his tenure as a public servant and as Deputy Governor to be one where he served with distinction and integrity. The BVI also was made stronger from his many positive contributions socially."
He said that no one could have questioned his deep Faith and commitment to God.
"He served his Lord and Saviour Faithfully. We will miss him dearly but may his legacy live on forever in our hearts. My deepest sympathies to his family from my family and I. May his soul rest in eternal peace," Hon. Fahie said.
On behalf of Public Service, Deputy Governor, Mr. David Archer extended deepest sympathy, love, comfort and prayers to Georges immediate and extended family.
"Please pay attention to how the Public Service will support his family during this period of loss. Our reflection on his service and support to his family during this time is just a small effort of what we can do for someone who lived the majority of his life serving the public," Archer said.
He said that as someone who now serves as Deputy Governor, a role Mr. Georges held for 21 years, "I am personally saddened by his death but comforted in his last words to me on the importance of us serving the public well as we rebuild our Territory."
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The BVI community has plunged into a state of mourning, following the death of former Deputy Governor, Mr. Elton Georges.
Georges was a patient at the Peebles Hospital at the time of his death last evening, April 4.
Last week, Government was forced to issue a release, denouncing rumours that Mr. Georges had passed away.
"Ladies and gentlemen of the Virgin Islands, I would like to take the opportunity of the untimely announcement of my mortal end to let my family, friends and the wider community know, that I am still very much alive," Georges said during a visit he received from Deputy Governor, Mr. David Archer and two former Deputy Governors.
"While I am experiencing some serious health challenges, I am comforted in knowing that the Lord that I serve has not yet called me home."
Georges served as the Territory’s longest serving Deputy Governor before his retirement in 2008, and after a long and successful career as a public servant in varying capacities.
He also served on many boards and was also the Territory's first Complaint's Commissioner (Ombudsman).