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Captain’s sendoff: Edwin A. George aka Speedy laid to rest April 14, 2018

Captain Edwin A. George, who died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 76, was laid to rest in Valley Methodist Church cemetery, Virgin Gorda on Saturday April 14, 2018. Photo: Team Of Reporters
 The body of Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo being taken to Virgin Gorda for his funeral and burial on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The body of Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo being taken to Virgin Gorda for his funeral and burial on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Pallbearers taking the body of Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo for his funeral on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Pallbearers taking the body of Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo for his funeral on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
The grand tent in Speedy’s Headquarters was filled and almost everyone in Virgin Gorda (VG) came out to celebrate the life of VG pioneer, businessman and son of the soil, Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy/Kiddo.’ Photo: Team of Reporters
The grand tent in Speedy’s Headquarters was filled and almost everyone in Virgin Gorda (VG) came out to celebrate the life of VG pioneer, businessman and son of the soil, Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy/Kiddo.’ Photo: Team of Reporters
Fitting sendoff for businessman and inter-island transportation pioneer, the late Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
Fitting sendoff for businessman and inter-island transportation pioneer, the late Captain Edwin A. George aka Speedy/Kiddo on April 14, 2018. Photo: Team of Reporters
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The boats were filled to capacity, the grand tent in Speedy’s Headquarters was filled and almost everyone in Virgin Gorda (VG) came out to celebrate the life of VG pioneer, businessman and son of the soil, Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy/Kiddo.’

Captain George died on March 28, 2018 at the age of 76.

Following the service on Saturday April 14, 2018 he was buried in Valley Methodist Church cemetery, on his home island VG.

Boat loads of residents from Tortola, Anegada, St Thomas (US Virgin Islands) and Jost van Dyke came out in huge numbers to pay their last respects to the man who made inter-island sea transportation possible, affordable and easier for years.

The late Speedy’s body was placed on the back of a nicely decorated truck on its arrival from Tortola with sailors as his pall bearers. It was slowly driven from the dock to the main office and many mourners, family and friends walked the route.

Many residents will remember his many ferry boats over the years- from Speedy’s Adventure, Speedy’s Delight, Speedy’s Fantasy, Speedy’s Sprinter, Speedy’s Peacemaker and Ella G.

A good man has set anchorage

Mr George was a patriot and humanitarian and transported many sick and deceased Virgin Gordians over the many years, most often free of cost, to Tortola for medical attention. As a pioneer in the sea transportation industry he strived, and it was always his goal, to make travel between Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Anegada, and the United States Virgin Islands more convenient, comfortable, and affordable.

The late Mr George loved people and his native Virgin Gorda and has certainly made a difference in the transportation industry.

Saturday’s funeral was a sad one for all in front of hundreds, including government officials, other businessmen and women and ordinary citizens.

12 Responses to “Captain’s sendoff: Edwin A. George aka Speedy laid to rest April 14, 2018”

  • humble (16/04/2018, 10:43) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was the true definition of perseverance. He paid his dues, he changed lives and most of all he looked out for his community. God Bless You Kiddo, your legacy will surely live on. May you RIP.
  • ... (16/04/2018, 10:47) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    what a great sendoff indeed
    • BVIslander (16/04/2018, 11:19) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      the finest and the best...and those who sent him off..the finest and the best with enormous RESPECT.Thank you for those of who could not go.
    • Fountain of Youth (16/04/2018, 13:09) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Most people outside his fellow Virgin Gordians did not know of another name we had for our Kiddo _ Fountain of Youth. He lived until he died. Never once did he go around looking tired or old or feeble despite his age. He worked hard. He never liked to see his people limping or disabled because of weak joints or bones. His famous advice used to be "Get rid of that stick man and get those joints fixed. I did mine. You take care of yourself man."
      What a great inspiration he was to us all.
      • So sad (16/04/2018, 14:52) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
        So true. Always encouraged one to take care of themselves. I personally can attest to that.
  • VG (16/04/2018, 11:54) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    God Bless You Kiddo, your legacy will surely live on
  • one eye (16/04/2018, 14:46) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    just reading the story brings tears to my eyes welcome back VINO
  • ........................ (16/04/2018, 15:29) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    the was the biggest funeral BVI ever had yall
  • 911 (16/04/2018, 15:43) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I REALLY ENJOYED THE BOAT PARADE OH WHAT A DAY
    • sadd (16/04/2018, 18:19) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Great men don't die
      They sail away into the sunset
      The V I will miss you Kiddo
  • Stars of VG (16/04/2018, 19:53) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kiddo was known by his people for his special hugs! If you had ever received one you would know he was a man who genuinely loved His fellow human beings. We in Virgin Gorda will remember him for many things. May his children and extended family continue to reap the blessings which will pour on them as God rewards them for two of our brightest beams of sunlight , Edwin and Nidia. These together helped to put VG on a bright path.
    Edwin and Nidia forever in our hearts.
  • Nieces (17/04/2018, 20:14) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip great uncle


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