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Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE to be laid to rest on VG

- funeral & burial slated for Wednesday, December 11, 2019
The late first Premier of the Virgin Islands, Member Emeritus of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE will be laid to rest on Virgin Gorda, the place he was born and served for some 36 years as an elected official. Photo: GIS/Facebook
The late Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE speaking at the Opening and Naming ceremony for the Walters Recreational Park in Valley, Virgin Gorda on December 19, 2013. Left is then Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
The late Hon Ralph T. O'Neal, OBE speaking at the Opening and Naming ceremony for the Walters Recreational Park in Valley, Virgin Gorda on December 19, 2013. Left is then Premier Dr D. Orlando Smith. Photo: VINO/File
The state funeral for the late political giant, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE will be held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, a public holiday. Photo: VINO/File
The state funeral for the late political giant, Hon Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE will be held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, a public holiday. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- The late first Premier of the Virgin Islands, Member Emeritus of the Virgin Islands House of Assembly (HoA), Honourable Ralph T. O’Neal, OBE will be laid to rest on Virgin Gorda, the place he was born and served for some 36 years as an elected official.

This was revealed by Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon Julian Willock at a Special Sitting of the HoA to pay tribute to the former legislator today, December 3, 2019.

Hon O’Neal passed away on November 11, 2019 at age 85. The state funeral for the late political giant will be held at the Multipurpose Sports Complex on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, a public holiday.

According to Hon Willock, there will be a procession of uniform bodies and a marching band from the Hon Ralph T. O’Neal Administration Complex to the Multipurpose Sports Complex from 9:00am.

The procession will proceed right into Waterfront Drive by the traffic lights, past the Roundabout Gas Station and proceed on Fishlock Road Lane past the fire station and head towards the House of Assembly on Pickering Road, turn right to past Ups Cineplex and turn right into Station Avenue and head towards the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

Closed casket funeral

The funeral service will be held at 10:30am and, according to Hon Willock, it will be a closed casket funeral.

Following the funeral, there will be a motorcade that will proceed to the waterfront and a ferry will then transport persons to Virgin Gorda for the burial.

According to Hon Willock, there will be a vehicle procession from St Thomas Bay, head past Speedy’s and on to Millionaire Road towards the Catholic Community Centre were persons will then proceed on foot to the place of burial.

Meanwhile, the body of Hon O’Neal will lie in state at the House of Assembly (HoA) Chambers on Monday, December 9 and Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 10:30am to 4:00pm on both days.

8 Responses to “Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE to be laid to rest on VG”

  • concern (03/12/2019, 18:38) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks organizers. Job well done. Mr O’Neal giving that blush smile. This holiday is most fitting. Appreciate your efforts.
  • Eulogy (03/12/2019, 22:19) Like (1) Dislike (16) Reply
    Everyone give thanks to him for selling out all that land to Oil Nut and for T-boning the Soggy Dollar.
    What a guy. A real eggplant. Black on the outside and white on the inside.
    • Dr cool (04/12/2019, 06:30) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Not the place for this the locals sell to but anyway he had to do so people could get employed when u sell yours did u employed anyone if u symphatisingu do if not go to hell don’t enjoy the holiday because of people like u things will always be bad
    • Game play (04/12/2019, 07:31) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      @Eulogy.. go to hell.
    • Stop spreading lies (04/12/2019, 09:55) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oil Nut bay land was not owned by government. It was sold by a family that owned the land. Stop spreading lies on the man. He has passed on let him rest in peace without putting lies on his name.
      • Dr cool (04/12/2019, 17:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        Their money went in their pocket did they create any job for their own family let the man Rest In Peace
    • sad (04/12/2019, 19:43) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      Oil nut bay was private land RT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!!! CHECK YA FACTS
  • Truth (04/12/2019, 07:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    Mr Oneal is the man


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