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SCB Resident John W. Nibbs aka 'Johnny Forbes' passes

Sea Cows Bay resident Mr John Williams Nibbs (legal name) better known as ‘Johnny Forbes’ passed away on Saturday February 11, 2017 after a long illness. Photo: Team of Reporters
The building in Sea Cows Bay where Mr John Williams Nibbs aka Johnny Forbes’ sold grocery and other items for many years. Photo: Team of Reporters
The building in Sea Cows Bay where Mr John Williams Nibbs aka Johnny Forbes’ sold grocery and other items for many years. Photo: Team of Reporters
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI- Prominent Sea Cows Bay, Tortola resident, businessman, farmer and fisherman, John Williams Nibbs (legal name) better known as ‘Johnny Forbes’ passed away on Saturday February 11, 2017 after a long illness.

Mr Nibbs, an indigenous Virgin Islander, was best known for having the second grocery store in Sea Cows Bay. (The first was owned by the late Joshua Leonard, grandfather of Julian Willock).

Born on December 11, 1930 Mr Nibbs was 86 at the time of his death at Peebles Hospital on the main island of Tortola.

‘Johnny Forbes’ was known as a kind man and gave away many of his store items to residents when they were unable to pay. He was also a land owner and farmer, and owned many livestock in the early days.

He also used to sell many of his livestock and engaged in selling their meat. As a butcher he was known for many of the fine meats of pork, mutton and beef cuts in the Sea Cows Bay area.

The late Mr Nibbs is survived by 11 children and many other relatives and friends, both in the Virgin Islands, the United States Virgin Islands and the United States.

Hon Fraser offers praise for the work of 'Johnny Forbes'

Third District Representative and former Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA, (R3) took to his Third District Facebook page to praise the deceased and offer his condolences on behalf of his Wife Kharid, the Third District community and the Territory, to Mr Nibbs’ loved ones.

Funeral arrangements are not immediately known, as the family awaits the normal procedure after a death.

The Staff, Management and Board of Directors of Virgin Islands News Online offer our condolences to all the immediate family and other loved ones of the late John Williams Nibbs aka Johnny Forbes.

18 Responses to “SCB Resident John W. Nibbs aka 'Johnny Forbes' passes”

  • hihi (13/02/2017, 17:16) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    r.i.p.
  • hog city (13/02/2017, 17:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ole boy gone home to his marker
  • brush. (13/02/2017, 17:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P.
  • R.i.P (13/02/2017, 17:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences Pickles!
  • ocerseas (13/02/2017, 17:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Have not seen him in years rip
  • BVIslander NYC (13/02/2017, 17:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    I remember as a child growing up in Sea Cows Bay on Sundays going to Mr. Forbes to buy cow meat for Sunday dinner. I also remember, going to his shop when Ms. Elsa use to work there.
    RIP.
  • pat (13/02/2017, 18:20) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
    too bad his house can't be fixed up for a family member and put a plaque on it. All this oral history is being lost.
    • oops (13/02/2017, 19:57) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
      What do you mean by "too bad his house can't fix up for a family member ..." Stop write fart! Who do you recommend for doing the fixing up?
    • moomoo (13/02/2017, 21:30) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
      It always got an idiot closeby. Now what on earth the man place got to do with this. Why you don't go fix it and stop talking piss
    • tolagal (01/03/2017, 10:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      chooops.....one thing has nothing to do with the next, it's either you give your condolences or you get into the construction business, but your constructive words were not necessary. if family members wants to fix it up, I am sure they have the means. HELLO, your phone's ringing
  • Wonderful (13/02/2017, 18:21) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    A GOOD MAN REST IN PEACE
  • cay (13/02/2017, 18:23) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    wow always grew up calling him Johnny Forbes thanks for the accurate information VINO RIP
  • Migo man (13/02/2017, 18:45) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.i.p ...Mr Johnny
  • indigeneous bvislander (13/02/2017, 19:09) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    mr johnny forbes thank u for everything u was a great man .could remember visiting my mom in sea cow"s bay and coming by mr johnny forbes to purchase things if mrs almeane was close .i was thankful to see u the other night if it wasnt for verne i would not have recognize it was you
  • Andrew Cox Sr (13/02/2017, 19:23) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Thanks for the memories and sincere condolences from the Cox Family
  • VG (14/02/2017, 08:14) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope the family stays strong
  • CCB Legend (15/02/2017, 00:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I remembered him as a grocer but mostly as a trucker which no one mention. I always love uncle Johnny. RIP


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