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Prominent Attorney Dr. J. S. Archibald QC has died

- One of the most brilliant Caribbean Lawyers passed away last night at his home in McNamara, Tortola
Attorney Joseph S. Archibald, QC who founded the law firm of J S Archibald and Co passed away last evening, April 3, 2014. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Word reaching our newsroom overnight is that prominent Attorney Joseph S. Archibald, QC who founded the law firm of J. S. Archibald and Co. passed away last night at his home in McNamara, located in Road Town, on the Main Island of Tortola.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

Dr. Archibald who was called to the bar in 1960 in St. Kitts and Nevis migrated from his homeland in Nevis and continued to practice law in the Virgin Islands; his experience having taken him through all court levels of the Caribbean, from the Magistrate’s Court to the Court of Appeal and also to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in England.

Dr. Archibald was also credited with taking the name of the Virgin Islands further afield through his exceptional competence and finesse to not only balance his propriety for law, but also through lending his accomplishments within the law to the Territory.

According to his biography, read by Attorney Ayanna S. Hull when he was honoured last year by the New Life Baptist Church in Duffs Bottom, Dr. Archibald had served as one of the first Presidents of the BVI Bar Association and also the OECS Bar Association where he helped in shaping the rules and guidelines for ethical practices and behaviour of barristers and solicitors who were admitted to practice at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

Dr Archibald also served in the Virgin Islands as the High Court Registrar, Magistrate, Senior Crown Counsel, President of the Civil Service Association, Director of Public Prosecutions, Attorney General and Member of both the Executive and Legislative Councils.

Attorney Archibald was the husband of current Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands V. Inez Archibald.

The Staff, Management and Board of Directors of Virgin Islands News Online offer our sincere condolences to the bereaved family on the passing of Dr. Archibald.

Acting Premier remembers Dr. J. S. Archibald

Acting Premier, Dr the Honourable Kedrick D. Pickering in a statement today April 4, 2014 said the Government of the Virgin Islands joins the Territory in mourning the passing of Dr. Joseph S. Archibald, QC.

“We extend condolences to his wife, Deputy Governor of the Virgin Islands, V. Inez Archibald and the family in this time of bereavement,” the statement said.

“Dr. Archibald, QC was highly intelligent; he had a brilliant mind and was one of the best conversationalists I have ever known,” said Hon Pickering in the statement.

“He was a legend of his era and one of the most renowned legal minds in the Caribbean,” he said. 

“Dr. Archibald, QC will truly be missed throughout the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean. On behalf of the Government of the Virgin Islands, may God bless and comfort the family of Dr. Joseph S. Archibald during this difficult time,” concluded Dr Pickering’s statement.

53 Responses to “Prominent Attorney Dr. J. S. Archibald QC has died”

  • Blue (04/04/2014, 07:31) Like (20) Dislike (6) Reply
    A great mind gone. RIP
  • weed (04/04/2014, 07:36) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
    OH NO..VINO ARE YOU SURE...RIP
  • asura (04/04/2014, 07:41) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    this is a big schoker my my my
  • ccc (04/04/2014, 07:42) Like (8) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is a big lost
  • in the news (04/04/2014, 08:07) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP JSA, QC. Condolences to the family and the legal club
  • fish (04/04/2014, 08:16) Like (11) Dislike (23) Reply
    Another one bites the dust
  • one eye (04/04/2014, 08:30) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    When people die they always say good things about them
    • Me (04/04/2014, 09:07) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
      If you have something bad to say who is stopping you from saying it? It seems like you are vexed that people say good things when someone passes.
      • billyb (04/04/2014, 14:58) Like (11) Dislike (4) Reply
        @Me
        You so dumb you ain get the point. Since you didn't get it, let me break it down for yuh. We need to stop telling lies about dead people. I agree if you can't find nothing good to say, keep yuh mouth shut, but don't lie and say a man good when he is not.
    • Mango Monkey (04/04/2014, 09:13) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply
      for real when some times its the Opposite of what they are saying
    • I hear you (04/04/2014, 13:01) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
      Yeah, I'm gonna hold my peace. Someone else will deal with him.
  • Friend2dEnd (04/04/2014, 08:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow RIP Sir an condolences to the Fam I never know this great man was from SKN
  • cane garden bay (04/04/2014, 08:41) Like (4) Dislike (41) Reply
    Not only a great mind but a great man with a great heart. I could see him dancing his way to heaven. Dance my wise counsel dance.

    Mrs. V I pray that you and the family find comfort in this sad moment.

    Walk on walk on with hope in your heart and you'll never walk alone. At the end of this storm is a golden sky with the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind walk on through the rain. Walk on.
    • Peaches (04/04/2014, 09:17) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
      "Dancing his way to heaven" why people always like to put people in heaven when they die? do you know the condition of his soul? He is asleep until the trumpet sound. There will be 3 ressurrections. Which one he will come forth in no one but God knows. We just have to make sure that we come forth either in the first or the second one.
      • l (04/04/2014, 09:53) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
        I only know about 2 ressurrections. Please enlighten me.
        • Peaches (04/04/2014, 16:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
          1st Ressurection: The dead in Christ will rise first
          2nd Ressurection: Those living (Christians) that are alive at his coming will be caught up to meet him in the air. Please remember that there will be living christians when he comes
          3rd Ressurection: The unsaved will be raised from the dead to face the judgment
          • ???? (05/04/2014, 16:25) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
            Peaches, to resurrect in the biblical context means to raise from the dead. As in Thessalonians 4:16, you are correct the dead in Christ will be resurrected. However, you are only partially correct that the living in Christ will be caught to meet Him in the sky but there will be no need for Christ to resurrect them. Hence, the bible speaks of two (2) resurrections.

            My condolence to the Archibald family as they mourn the passing of very great legal mind.
      • BRONZE NAZARETH (04/04/2014, 10:04) Like (31) Dislike (14) Reply
        Almost or 90% of lawyers will not have their names in the Lambs book of Life. Why? Because 90% of practicing law is about dishonesty, trickery, and lets make as much profit as we can not caring who we destroyed. Now if he isn't like that then he has a good chance, but seeing that he was a New Life Baptist parishioner .....it isn't looking to promising.
      • Trelane (04/04/2014, 10:07) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
        @Peaches

        Interesting concept...3 resurrections. Can you explain which souls will be in the 2nd of the 3 resurrection?
        • Newcomer (07/04/2014, 11:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Daniel 12:2 predicted, "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake. Some to everlasting life, some to shame & everlasting contempt." Jesus promised the high priest at his trial that he would see him coming in the clouds. (Matthew 26:64). Revelation 1:7 says, "Behold he is coming with clouds, & every eye will see him, even those who pierced him..." Since they are dead they will have to be resurrected to see him come. They will be a sub-group of the 1st resurrection & the others will be the righteous dead. (1 Thessalonians 4:16). 2nd resurrection is for the wicked. (Revelation 20:5,6)
  • jd (04/04/2014, 08:46) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    JAW DROPPING
  • Lee (04/04/2014, 09:08) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    My deepest sympathy to Mrs. V. Inez Archibald and her entitre family on the lost of Dr. Archibald, Q.C. May God grant him peace.
  • GOD WORDS (04/04/2014, 09:08) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Death is no respect of persons
  • hope hill (04/04/2014, 09:11) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P
    • Adex (16/05/2014, 07:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Absolutely fine gentleman, RIP Mr A. My condolences to Mrs A & family. I worked for Mr A @ JS Archibald law firm in the 90s, he used to joke with me the office was a 'Common Wealth Headquarters' - as there were so many Nations represented there, I think I came from the furtherest continent of all. I really admired this gentleman, may your soul rest in perfect peace. Lots of love and prayers to the family. God bless you all xxx
  • Richy (04/04/2014, 09:18) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    I remember when i was a juror, I sat in that court room and was saying to myself, "Look at him, he so down in age and he wont stop making all this money, what he really doing with all this money" and i smiled as he did his job... lol.... THE BEST LAWYER IN THE BVI... As he got down in age he held that reputation until his death.... we lost a great mind... he was such a great man... My condolence to his family. RIP JSA
  • Andrew Cox Sr & Family (04/04/2014, 09:18) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    We extend our sincere condolences to entire Archibald family and salutes Dr Joseph Archibald for his valuable contribution(s) towards the development of these Virgin Islands
  • JVD (04/04/2014, 09:35) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY HE WAS MY FAMILY LAWYER BOTH ON MOTHER AND FATHER SIDE MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIS SOUL
  • yellow (04/04/2014, 09:51) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was one lawyer who understood the law, but some say not RIP
  • unc (04/04/2014, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    R.I.E.P Uncle Archie...I know my aunty is being as strong as possible but you are in a better place...So many left this year I have no more tears to cry but I know I have to be strong for Aunt Inez...Regardless of whoever said what you were a NOBLE man and The Best Q.C who gave me my first chance of experience I Love You Unc
  • open wide (04/04/2014, 10:12) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    God knows best never question gods plan and time
  • For peace skae (04/04/2014, 10:40) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    @Peaches
    cane garden bay said dance your way to heaven it is a figure of speech the man truly had like to dance SO WHAT if cane garden bay post dance your way to heaven only God can determine and the person if they are going to heaven so shut up and move on SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO PICK AT EVERY DARN THING
  • Chance (04/04/2014, 11:08) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    SORRY TO HEAR THE SAD NEWS. WE MUST PREPARE TO DIE. ONCE THERE IS LIFE THERE WILL BE DEATH. THE QUESTION IS, ARE WE PREPARE TO DIE? WHERE WILL MY SOUL/SPIRIT GO WHEN I DIE? THERE IS LIFE AFTER DEATH. YES, WHERE? HEAVEN OR HELL. WE HAVE TO MAKE THAT CHOICE NOW. TOMMORROW IS PROMISE TO NO MAN/WOMAN.
    THE BIBLE SAYS, IT IS APPOINTED UNTO MAN ONCE TO DIE AND AFTER DEATH IS THE JUDGEMENT. PREPARE PEOPLE AND LET US BE READY WHEN DEATH COMES.
  • virgn gorda (04/04/2014, 12:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    gosh just got off a flight I am speechless. RIP
  • farmer brown (04/04/2014, 13:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP OLE BOY
  • Angel M. Rivera (04/04/2014, 17:15) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    My sincerest condolence to Mrs. Ines Archibald and family. Mr. Archibald (Archie) an excellent friend and lawyer.

    Angel M. Rivera - Bretana
    Puerto Rico
    Atlantic Southern Insurance Company
  • Former Client (04/04/2014, 20:20) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
    This man was the perfect example as to how law should be practiced. He was thorough, calculating and operated by stealth. RIP. Dr. Archibald. - A former client
  • AC 360 (05/04/2014, 06:40) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sleep in jesus name
  • PEACE BE STILL (05/04/2014, 07:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the family my fren a soil of stkitts the best qc in the entire caribbean we al have lost i just pray he haf peace in his soul
  • Jojo (05/04/2014, 11:29) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE. A GOOD MAN GONE TO MEET HIS MAKER.
  • bbc (05/04/2014, 16:22) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    He will be missed from the drammer in the court

  • Shocked (05/04/2014, 20:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deeply saddened. A brilliant mind and kind human being. May he rest in peace.
  • Wow Wow Wow (05/04/2014, 20:56) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    JS wow, you gone. wow, I miss you man. Mrs. A. sorry for your loss. You see, we don't miss brilliance until its gone. We treat our excellent minds with nothing but criticism when they are among us and now they are gone we only realize their true contributions to this country. JS excel to the level of appeal court judge and has been practicing for over 50 years. Have we young ones gain any thing from his experience? We need to look to our national assets and learn from them so we the young ones will one day become the same. Our grand parents thought us about bush and leave lots of land for us, we took it and sell the land for nice cars and shoes and we forget the bush and stay on the pills and now a law giant has past and i hope the young ones gain from him. JS we miss you and love you. GOD Bless your soul.
  • Michael & Karen (06/04/2014, 06:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our deepest condolences to the entire Archibald family at this difficult time.
  • Janet Williams (07/04/2014, 03:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was my lawyer
  • IT'SINTHERECORD (07/04/2014, 09:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A very brilliant advocate of the law. We watched many of his presentations from the sidelines and his preparedness for trial. Always a case or rule to back up his position. Rest on, Dr. Archie. Wish we could have sat at your feet and learn from you like Paul sat at the Feet of Gamaliel. The Virgin Islands and the Caribbean Justice System have lost a son and an example for young lawyers. We mourn with the family at this time. His legal candle will ever shine bright in the minds of those who truly knew him.
  • the call (07/04/2014, 21:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We know not the time or the hour when god will call
  • cat walk (10/04/2014, 17:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the good die young
  • Eiidy (24/12/2014, 06:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    great guy


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