Got TIPS or BREAKING NEWS? Please call 1-284-442-8000 direct/can also WhatsApp same number or Email ALL news to:newsvino@outlook.com;                               ads call 1-284-440-6666                               live coverage of football: cbn-television channel 101 on flow tv: online live www.cbnvirginislands.com

Deceased billionaire Petr Kellner was 'looking forward to retiring' in VI- Hon Wheatley

- said Kellner spearheaded efforts to help VG recover after hurricanes of 2017
Petr Kellner, the Czech billionaire who died in a helicopter crash in Alaska, USA on March 27, 2021, was looking forward to retiring in the [British] Virgin Islands someday, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and Ninth District Representative Hon Vincent O. Wheatley has revealed. Photo: news.bg
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and Ninth District Representative Hon Vincent O. Wheatley said the late Petr Kellner was a true friend to the Virgin Islands and had hopes of retiring in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and Ninth District Representative Hon Vincent O. Wheatley said the late Petr Kellner was a true friend to the Virgin Islands and had hopes of retiring in the VI. Photo: VINO/File
Petr Kellner was the owner of Saba Rock Resort and Sugarcane Restaurant (in photo) on Virgin Gorda. Photo: Facebook
Petr Kellner was the owner of Saba Rock Resort and Sugarcane Restaurant (in photo) on Virgin Gorda. Photo: Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Petr Kellner, the Czech billionaire who died in a helicopter crash in Alaska, USA on March 27, 2021, was looking forward to retiring in the [British] Virgin Islands someday, Minister for Natural Resources, Labour and Immigration and Ninth District Representative Hon Vincent O. Wheatley has revealed.

Kellner, 56, was among five people killed in the crash of the Airbus AS350 B3 chopper, which went down near the Knik Glacier in Alaska, according to local authorities.

The Czech businessman was the owner of Saba Rock Resort and Sugarcane Restaurant on Virgin Gorda.

“I am extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Mr Petr Kellner. Mr Kellner was a very private individual but his love for these Virgin Islands, especially Virgin Gorda, was well known. This love shown was manifested following the devastating hurricanes of 2017 when he jumpstarted recovery efforts by making funds available to start the clean-up process,” Hon Wheatley said in a statement on March 30, 2021.

Kellner took recovery of VG 'as a personal project'

Hon Wheatley said that after a meeting with then Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith and then Governor Augustus J. U. Jaspert in 2017, Mr Kellner took the recovery of Virgin Gorda as a personal project.

“He brought in building materials, generators, refrigerators, ice and whatever else was needed and donated to the people of Virgin Gorda. It was through his efforts that many homes got repaired and lives restored.”

Mr Kellner was described as a very humble, quiet and unassuming person. “If you did not know who he was, you were very likely to bypass him as a regular tourist. Just last week he was seen relaxing at Bay 6 enjoying a cup of coffee.”

Love for VI was demonstrated in deeds

Hon Wheatley stated that Mr Kellner had told him that he bought Saba Rock Resort to ensure that locals always had a place to go in the North Sound area.

“This was the character of the man I knew. I held Mr Kellner in high esteem as he not only spoke of the love he had for these islands but also demonstrated it in deeds, without fanfare. He was looking forward to retiring in the Virgin Islands at some point in time and making the BVI his permanent home.”

The Ninth District Representative said the people of the Virgin Islands and in particular, the Ninth District Community, have lost a friend that has shown his love for the VI when it was at its lowest and most vulnerable.

“Mr Kellner was also a significant stakeholder in the tourism industry and was willing to assist whenever called upon. He will truly be missed.

“On behalf of myself and the people of Virgin Gorda, I send sincere condolence to his family and friends. May his soul Rest in Peace,” Hon Wheatley stated.

7 Responses to “Deceased billionaire Petr Kellner was 'looking forward to retiring' in VI- Hon Wheatley”

  • vG Native (04/04/2021, 11:37) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes, Butch it is true what you about him. We really going to miss a great who could have wonders for VG in taking our Tourism industry to new heights. Condolences to his family and the ppl of the Checz Repbulic.
  • @ JUST A THOUGHT (04/04/2021, 11:40) Like (3) Dislike (10) Reply
    SO WHAT I THOUGHT ALL WHITE PEOPLE
    IS AUTOMATICALLY LABELED ( RACIST ) ACCORDING TO THESE NINCOMPOOPS CANARIES WHO JUST DISCOVERED THE WORD / AM WAITING TO SEE IF THE CHOIR BOYS ARE GOING TO START SINGING
    • OF Course (04/04/2021, 13:27) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      Evil is not greater than good ...wat stupid question is that ...at least u see for your self ....hmmm u really figthing to discredit wat is real ehh..
  • Well (04/04/2021, 13:22) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    I hope he was around to jump start the economy now but guess the agenda is bigger than billionaires.....
  • Virgin Gordian (05/04/2021, 06:31) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thank you Mr Kellner for everything you did for us on Virgin Gorda after Irma, your kind generosity will never be forgotten.

  • @ its aight (05/04/2021, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Oh so so as long as he isn't from the ( UK ) He aight
  • @ OF Course (06/04/2021, 14:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    CAN YOU BE MORE SPECIFIC / THANK YOU


Create a comment


Create a comment

Disclaimer: Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) welcomes your thoughts, feedback, views, bloggs and opinions. However, by posting a blogg you are agreeing to post comments or bloggs that are relevant to the topic, and that are not defamatory, liable, obscene, racist, abusive, sexist, anti-Semitic, threatening, hateful or an invasion of privacy. Violators may be excluded permanently from making contributions. Please view our declaimer above this article. We thank you in advance for complying with VINO's policy.

Weather


Follow Us On

Disclaimer: All comments posted on Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) are the sole views and opinions of the commentators and or bloggers and do not in anyway represent the views and opinions of the Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online and its parent company.