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Hon O'Neal Funeral: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 declared Public Holiday

- Day coincides with Official State Burial of VI's first Premier, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE
The December 11, 2019, date for the official state funeral of House of Assembly (HoA) Member Emeritus, the Late Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, will now be considered a public holiday in the Virgin Islands (VI). Photo: VINO/File
Information gazetted today, November 29, 2019, noted that the Acting Governor, Mr David D. Archer Jr. under Section 5 of the Public Holiday's Act (Cap. 199) has issued a proclamation deeming December 11, 2019, day an official public holiday. Photo: Team of Reporters
Information gazetted today, November 29, 2019, noted that the Acting Governor, Mr David D. Archer Jr. under Section 5 of the Public Holiday's Act (Cap. 199) has issued a proclamation deeming December 11, 2019, day an official public holiday. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The December 11, 2019, date for the official state funeral of House of Assembly (HoA) Member Emeritus, the Late Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE, will now be considered a public holiday in the Virgin Islands (VI).

This is according to information gazetted today, November 29, 2019, which noted that the Acting Governor, Mr David D. Archer Jr. under Section 5 of the Public Holiday's Act (Cap. 199) has issued a proclamation deeming the day an official public holiday following Cabinet decision. 

Condolence book opened at BVI House London

Over in the UK, His Excellency Governor Augustus J.U. Jaspert and UK Minister of State for the Overseas Territories, Lord Tariq Ahmad visited the BVI House London on November 27, 2019, to sign the condolence book for the late Hon. O’Neal. An online book of condolences will also be created. 

Governor Jaspert said that it was an honour to sign the book and pay his respects to Honourable O’Neal, as the first Premier of the British Virgin Islands who helped build the modern VI and has left a lasting legacy for generations to come.

With public holiday set for the state funeral, a coordination Committee, chaired by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Julian Willock, is planning the occasion in close consultation with the family of the Late O'Neal along with Premier and Minister of Finance, Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1).

Virgin Islands News Online (VINO) will bring more information on the funeral as it becomes available. 

6 Responses to “Hon O'Neal Funeral: Wed, Dec 11, 2019 declared Public Holiday”

  • unknown (29/11/2019, 16:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The superintendent of HMP should take note and follow suit from sending everything down to the governor. They put you in a position to make decisions, so make them.
    • Sleeping Dog (30/11/2019, 10:09) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      That is called transparency.......to much of your kind are shady and everything is done behind close doors, send down everything Superintendent so we know what's happening in our prison. Keep up the good work!
  • 123 (29/11/2019, 21:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    good show
  • facts (30/11/2019, 08:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very great idea
  • Xxx (30/11/2019, 11:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Is it going to be every year
  • Teacher (01/12/2019, 01:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is a great honor to mr oneal


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