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‘Omar was never too busy to listen or to help’ - Patsy C. Lake

- The late legislator Hon Omar W. Hodge laid to rest following state funeral
Persons viewing the body of late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge at the International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola today, January 18, 2018. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands icon and businesswoman Mrs Patsy C. Lake speaks at the funeral of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands icon and businesswoman Mrs Patsy C. Lake speaks at the funeral of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the funeral of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Some of the persons at the funeral of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Part of the funeral procession for the late Omar W. Hodge today, January 18, 2018. Photo: VINO
Part of the funeral procession for the late Omar W. Hodge today, January 18, 2018. Photo: VINO
Police ranks flank the hearse bearing the casket of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Police ranks flank the hearse bearing the casket of former legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
From left: Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO
From left: Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn (AL), Junior Minister for Trade and Investment Promotions Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8) and Opposition Member Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: VINO
Someone who would have worked with Mr Omar W. Hodge, former Deputy Premier R. Dancia Penn, right. Photo: VINO
Someone who would have worked with Mr Omar W. Hodge, former Deputy Premier R. Dancia Penn, right. Photo: VINO
The funeral booklet for the late Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
The funeral booklet for the late Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum Ltd Mr Bevis A. Sylvester, left. The late Mr Omar W. Hodge was instrumental in bringing Delta Petroleum Ltd to the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
Regional General Manager of Delta Petroleum Ltd Mr Bevis A. Sylvester, left. The late Mr Omar W. Hodge was instrumental in bringing Delta Petroleum Ltd to the Virgin Islands. Photo: VINO
The flag draped casket bearing the body of Virgin Islands' son of the soil, Mr Omar Wallace Hodge. Photo: VINO
The flag draped casket bearing the body of Virgin Islands' son of the soil, Mr Omar Wallace Hodge. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) members pay tribute in song to fallen member Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Virgin Islands Party (VIP) members pay tribute in song to fallen member Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Inside the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola where the Official Funeral for the late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge was held. Photo: VINO
Inside the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola where the Official Funeral for the late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge was held. Photo: VINO
The flag draped casket bearing the body of the late Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
The flag draped casket bearing the body of the late Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
During the viewing of the body of the late legislator, Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
During the viewing of the body of the late legislator, Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Inside the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre for the funeral of Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Inside the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre for the funeral of Mr Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
A woman flashes a booklet in tribute to late legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
A woman flashes a booklet in tribute to late legislator Omar W. Hodge. Photo: VINO
Part of the funeral procession today, January 18, 2018. Photo: VINO
Part of the funeral procession today, January 18, 2018. Photo: VINO
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI - He was widely regarded as the ‘People’s Man’ and so it was no surprise that the pews of the New Testament Church of God International Worship Centre in Baughers Bay, Tortola, were filled with persons of all walks of life as they bade final farewell to the late legislator Mr Omar W. Hodge.

Mr Hodge died on December 20, 2017 at Fort Recovery, Tortola, where he was staying post Hurricane Irma. He was 75 years of age.

Following his body lying in state at the House of Assembly (HoA) building yesterday, January 17, 2018 where scores of persons took the opportunity to pay their respects, the legislator for some 32 years was given a state funeral today.

Never too busy to listen

Among the many persons giving tributes was Virgin Islands icon and businesswoman Mrs Patsy C. Lake, who called Mr Hodge her "Brother."

Reflecting on the late Hodge’s life, Mrs Lake spoke of the extent Mr Hodge went to represent persons of the Territory despite their race, colour or creed. She questioned whether there is any politician of today that can be credited as being truly for the people like Mr Hodge was.

"His heart was filled with love for people," Mrs Lake said, then asking "Who can we look for in today's modern politicians and say that person is a people’s man or woman?"

Mrs Lake alluded to the fact that the late Hodge did what he had to without the help of Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter.

"You looked each other in the face, eye to eye, and if you weren't speaking the truth Omar would tell you man stop lying."

"If you had a problem, Omar was never too busy to listen or to help. It never mattered to him if you could vote for him or not, whether you were from here, there or elsewhere, Omar will still help you, or if you were black, white or blue, neither of this mattered to Omar. If you spoke English, French or Spanish, it didn't matter either." 

According to Mrs Lake, Mr Hodge had a big heart and “those of us who knew him know that I am speaking the truth."

She also said the Spanish speaking community loved Mr Hodge and embraced him. "Today, my friends, I am asking you, let Omar's legacy live on, a man with a big caring heart who loved people, who cared about people. Today we don’t see that much anymore.”

She encouraged the Territory to continue to honour the legacy of Mr Hodge by extending love to others and especially to his family.

Mr Hodge, who is survived by three children and his wife Dr Miriam Rodriguez Hodge, was laid to rest at the Johnson’s Ghut Burial Ground in the 6th District, which he represented faithfully for decades.

13 Responses to “‘Omar was never too busy to listen or to help’ - Patsy C. Lake”

  • vip (18/01/2018, 16:03) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so proud of this service
  • 1 (18/01/2018, 16:45) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a beautiful send off
  • Former Resident (18/01/2018, 18:05) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    I could attest to receiving direct help from the late Omar Hodge. He was truly a big helper.
  • Tafari Zharr (18/01/2018, 18:49) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...And as this Brilliant Br Virgin Islander heads home may God’s perpetual light shine on him, protect his family, and guide us on how we can fulfill the dream of life: An everyday hero whose life and love forces us to be dignified collectively: This is a great day to start moving forward: I am proud to be a Virgin Islander today. The World is watching so let Hon. Hodge’s passing command us to be better at showing that we can come together as a territory; but it shouldn’t always take death. So Sorry So Saddened! Condolences to the Family.
  • Andrew Cox Sr (18/01/2018, 19:33) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Long live the people’s man he cared his people
  • Front seat (18/01/2018, 19:34) Like (3) Dislike (9) Reply
    All them crooks in the front seat who drove Hodge to his grave will get just what coming to them. They have no heart for people nor animals. Wonder if garbage was piled up down Macnamara true premier and minister of health live it wouldn't have lasted a day. Imagine a mountain of rubbish tight in front the man house making it a threat to him and his tenants. Now he dead all ah den was his friends. Hope he haunt them
    • FEELING SAD (19/01/2018, 03:20) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
      No, he is not going to haunt them. He was not a such a person in his lifetime. He will rest. A good and faithful servant was he.
      It is what they did to him that would haunt the ones responsible.
  • maymay (18/01/2018, 21:04) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply

    LOOK AT THAT BIG @$$ POT HOLE IN THE ROAD SHAMEFUL

  • heartless (18/01/2018, 23:37) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    Ndp do not love people or country
    • Reply (19/01/2018, 10:00) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      they love money and obeah
    • wize up (19/01/2018, 17:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ heartless: I think they love the country and care very little about its people: remember most of these guys born with gold spoons and don’t know much the struggle!!!!
  • Nothing but the truth Mrs Lake (19/01/2018, 07:58) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    He treat people like human not like things ! They can't be like Mr hoghe only one Omar Wallace hodge .they now greed for material things over people .hope each of us took ours message from Irma .and love more also appreciate each other while life journey
  • de silent one (20/01/2018, 08:36) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    There could never be enough said about the GIANT of a man he was. He has touched so many lives that it was only fitting for the type of wonderful sendoff that he received. May his souls rest in peace.


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