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Beloved teacher Beryl B. Vanterpool laid to rest

- ‘Teacher Bev’ died on August 17, 2020
September 5th, 2020 | Tags: Beryl B. Vanterpool funeral viewing burial tributes
Well-known and well-loved teacher of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC)- Primary Division, Ms Beryl B. Vanterpool, who passed away on August 17, 2020, was laid to rest today September 5, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), a childhood friend and neighbour of the late Beryl B. Vanterpool, gives tribute at the funeral service on September 5, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), a childhood friend and neighbour of the late Beryl B. Vanterpool, gives tribute at the funeral service on September 5, 2020. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles, delivers a song of tribute to her ‘God sister’, the late Beryl B. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles, delivers a song of tribute to her ‘God sister’, the late Beryl B. Vanterpool. Photo: VINO
The late Beryl B. Vanterpool was laid to rest on family land overlooking the sea in Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
The late Beryl B. Vanterpool was laid to rest on family land overlooking the sea in Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
The funeral for ‘Teacher B' and ‘Teacher Bev', as she was fondly referred to by many, was held at the Sanctuary of Hope New Testament Church of God in her home town, Valley, Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
The funeral for ‘Teacher B' and ‘Teacher Bev', as she was fondly referred to by many, was held at the Sanctuary of Hope New Testament Church of God in her home town, Valley, Virgin Gorda. Photo: VINO
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL) at the viewing for the late Beryl B. Vanterpool at Davis Funeral Home on September 4, 2020. Photo: VINO
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Well-known and well-loved teacher of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC)- Primary Division, Ms Beryl B. Vanterpool, who passed away on August 17, 2020, was laid to rest today September 5, 2020.

The funeral for ‘Teacher B' and ‘Teacher Bev', as she was fondly referred to by many, was held at the Sanctuary of Hope New Testament Church of God Church in her home town, Valley, Virgin Gorda.

The fallen teacher and community activist was laid to rest on family land overlooking the sea.

Among those in attendance and giving tribute were Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration, Honourable Vincent O. Wheatley (R9), her childhood friend and neighbour until her passing; and Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles, her ‘God sister’.

Premier and Minister of Finance, Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) sent a pre-recorded tribute, as did Deputy Premier and Minister for Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) and former Education Minister, Myron V. Walwyn.

‘Beryl was truly one of a kind’- Premier

Honourable Fahie said the news of Vanterpool’s “untimely death” caught everyone by surprise and brought with it an unimaginable dose of sadness.

“Beryl was truly one of a kind, an exceptional educator, vocal community leader, and a trusted friend who left an indelible mark on the lives of many.”

‘Solid rock’

The Premier described the late Vanterpool as a solid rock in the Virgin Gorda community who made exceptional contributions to the development of the educational system.

“Through her passion for educating our children, specifically our children in Virgin Gorda, Beryl always went above and beyond to make sure that her students had everything they needed.”

Viewing

Meanwhile, a viewing was held yesterday, September 4, 2020, at Davis Funeral Home on Tortola.

Among those who showed up to give their final respects were Dr the Honourable Wheatley; Minister for Transportation, Works and Utilities, Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5); Junior Minister for Tourism, Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL) and Junior Minister for Trade and Economic Development, Honourable Shereen D. Flax-Charles.

A number of teachers, relatives and past and present students of BFEC were also in attendance.

The viewing and funeral service were livestreamed on the JTV Channel 55 Facebook page.

8 Responses to “Beloved teacher Beryl B. Vanterpool laid to rest”

  • Exemplary (06/09/2020, 01:14) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    At first glance, thought it was the cover of Michelle Obama's book Becoming.

    An exemplary human who sacrificed for the betterment of children who she loved and cared for like her own.

    Real people as Hon. Wheatley noted in his touching tribute.

    Sleep in peace.

  • I knew her (06/09/2020, 05:01) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very nice and decently lady...She was young... it hurts.....
  • jack (06/09/2020, 05:45) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Was a sad day RIP
  • Fam (06/09/2020, 07:19) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the good die young
  • VG (06/09/2020, 08:06) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    what a good send off she will be missed but we will meet her again on the great getting up morning
  • ausar (06/09/2020, 09:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rest in peace, classmate and friend!
  • friend (06/09/2020, 12:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Her beautiful smile and wit will be missed. Rest in peace, dear Beryl.
  • Proud Trini (06/09/2020, 15:54) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Disheartening to those who knows And or interacted with Beryl .


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