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UPDATE: Corrine Brewley’s passing comes as a shock to close friends

Several persons considered close friends and associates of the late Ms Corrine Brewley have expressed utter shock at the news of her sudden passing today, October 28, 2013. Photo: VINO/File
Brewley is best known throughout the Virgin Islands for her active participation in BVI culture and her show stopping festival troops. Photo: ourbviadventure.blogspot.com
Brewley is best known throughout the Virgin Islands for her active participation in BVI culture and her show stopping festival troops. Photo: ourbviadventure.blogspot.com
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden said he was too emotional at the time and was not in a position to make an official statement of condolence. Photo: VINO/File
Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden said he was too emotional at the time and was not in a position to make an official statement of condolence. Photo: VINO/File
Fifth District Representative Honourable Delores Christopher said that while the territory has lost a true daughter of the soil she is convinced that Corrine spent her time well. Photo: VINO/File
Fifth District Representative Honourable Delores Christopher said that while the territory has lost a true daughter of the soil she is convinced that Corrine spent her time well. Photo: VINO/File
Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Festival legend Corrine Brewley passed away on October 28, 2013. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Festival legend Corrine Brewley passed away on October 28, 2013. Photo: Andre 'Shadow' Dawson
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Several persons considered close friends and associates of the late Ms Corrine Brewley have expressed utter shock at the news of her sudden passing today, October 28, 2013.

When contacted, Chairman of the Virgin Islands Festival and Fairs Committee Mr Marvin ‘MB’ Blyden said he was too emotional at the time and was not in a position to make an official statement of condolence.

“They told me that she collapsed so I rushed down there and when I got there is dead she was dead,” said a very emotional Mr Blyden.

According to him, there is so much that he could say about Ms Brewley. “I could talk about her in Festival, I could talk about her with the birthday parties, I could talk about her in so many things but I really can’t right now I have to get myself together and maybe I’ll be in a better position to make a statement by the end of the week,” he noted.

“This is very shocking, very shocking,” was the first response of Fifth District Representative Honourable Delores Christopher. Ms Corrine Brewley was a resident of the Fifth District.

According to Hon. Christopher, the closest she worked with Ms Brewley was recently as they were together with others actively planning activities for the 60th Anniversary of Emancipation Festival to be observed in 2014. “What I can tell you is that Corrine was a people’s person. She worked and associated very well with everyone, the young and the old. She had a special quality that kept her environment very lively.”

Hon. Christopher recalled a recent statement made jokingly by Ms Brewley when she said, “I think I am 16 years old but my body tells me differently.” The District Representative also said that while the territory has lost a true daughter of the soil she is convinced that Corrine spent her time well.

“I am sure that she would have enjoyed life to its fullest, she was always happy, she could get everyone to laugh and she also contributed greatly to the community, not only to the Fifth District but the Territory as a whole,” assured Hon. Christopher who added that she is quite sure Ms Brewley will be missed by persons in the USA and the wider world.

“She has touched lives beyond these shores, in the USA, the USVI and even further and I am sure that all those persons are saddened by the news of her passing,” stated Hon. Christopher.

Meanwhile, another cultural icon, Mrs Eileene L. Parsons OBE was also contacted but declined to make any comment at this time.

Ms Brewley’s death was confirmed by Sergeant Carl Mason of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force (RVIPF).

“Officers attended Peebles Hospital in response to a report of a sudden death involving a female from Botanic Station,” Mr Mason told Virgin Islands News Online.

He also said the RVIPF was not treating the matter as anything suspicious, however, inquiries continue.

See previous story posted October 28, 2013:

BREAKING NEWS: Festival icon Corrine Brewley passes

ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Information reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that Festival legend Corrine Brewley passed away moments ago, October 28, 2013.

Virgin Islands News Online will bring further updates as they become available.

Brewley is best known throughout the Virgin Islands for her active participation in VI culture and her show stopping festival troupes.

From 1975 to 1995 Virgin Islanders prided themselves to be a part of Brewley’s troupe each year. She has won 17 times out of 21 entries for her August Monday parade troupe entries.

In 1996 and 1997 she served as Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the BVI Festival Committee (1975) Ltd. In 1998 she was Vice Chair for the VI Festivals and Fairs Committee and served as Chairman in 1999 and 2000.

In 1998 until 2001 she also served as Chairman of the Entertainment Committee for the VI Festivals and Fairs Committee.

The Staff, Management and Board of Directors of Virgin Islands News Online offer our sincere condolences to her entire family.

56 Responses to “UPDATE: Corrine Brewley’s passing comes as a shock to close friends”

  • Culture Queen (28/10/2013, 11:33) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is sad. RIP my cultural queen. When others left, you stayed and helped to promote our August Festivals. Your legacy will live on. Condolences to the family.
    • sinned (28/10/2013, 12:02) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
      What is life? I spoke to Ms. Brewley on Saturday around 7:30 PM at the Barber shop. She seemed to be in good health. We spoke about her achievements as a banker and how she was ready to retire. She spoke about her travels all over the world. I can believe she has past. May her soul i peace.
  • ... (28/10/2013, 11:34) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    rip you were a queen
  • Curious (28/10/2013, 11:40) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Unbelievable, this is tragic and sad.....may her soul rest in eternal peace....
  • x factor (28/10/2013, 11:53) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to The Family of a GREAT lady gone but never be forgotten
  • Joycie (28/10/2013, 12:04) Like (29) Dislike (0) Reply
    A fashionista, motivator, proud Virgin Islander Ms. Brewely....You will be missed.
  • wsd (28/10/2013, 12:05) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIEP, you will be missed..................
  • BREAKING NEWS (28/10/2013, 12:23) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    on no what a way to start my Monday sleep my dear friend corriene
  • kevin (28/10/2013, 12:35) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    we are loosing the very best of our people what a sad day
  • ADOPTED CHILD (28/10/2013, 12:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I CRY SO MUCH THIS MORNING WENT I HEAR OF YOUR PASSING WORDS CAN NOT EXPRESS HOW MUCH I HURTING BUT GOD KNOWS BEST I NEVER MET ANY ONE LIKE U WHO LOVE PPL NO MATTER WERE THE FROM U WERE A TRUE SENSE OF A CARIBBEAN WOMAN ALLYNE AND KELLY I PRAY GOD GIVE U THE STRENGJHT U NEED TO HOLD ON BECAUSE I KNOW ITS HARD ON YOU GUYS TO RIP MY DEAR GONE TO SOON
  • today (28/10/2013, 12:55) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Today we here, today we gone. RIP!

    People of this Territory, it is time to make a change in life and seek the Almighty. Do not only be a hearer of the word...apply the word of God to your life...change your conduct if it is ungodly. Yes, we are all born sinners, but we do not need to practice sin, especially to deliberately engross in sin and wickedness. Love...love, yes love your neighbor as yourself. Hate what God hates and love what he loves.
  • VI Showtime Band (28/10/2013, 13:27) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Our condolences to the family of the late Ms. Corrine Brewley. Ms. Corrine was well known throughout the Virgin Islands as she actively participated in both BVI & USVI festivals/carnivals. The Virgin Islands has indeed lost a Cultural Doll. R+I+P+ Ms. Brewley.
  • lt (28/10/2013, 13:29) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms.Brewely....I can belive what i just hard u gone in body.U were a Queen in everything u do.We will all miss your smile Cultural Queen RIP WE LOVE U.May GOD BLESS HER Family IN THIS TIME of LOST.
  • small head (28/10/2013, 14:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    tears tears tears for Ms. Brewley
  • she the cat mother (28/10/2013, 14:22) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    gone to soon
  • polo (28/10/2013, 14:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another BVI treasure gone...lord help me cope
  • psalms 27 (28/10/2013, 14:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P Ms. Brewley you were a wonderful friend for years i have have pleasure to know you.
    I Pray that lord send comfort to your daughter and the rest of family during this time.
    A real sad day! will miss you nieghbs!
  • Yvonne (28/10/2013, 14:47) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Rip in peace my friend god pick his best fruit first so sleep on my dearest until we meet sgain you will truly be missed by kandy and I we loved you so much to arlene take comfort in knowing she has left her footprint in the sand and is with her master
  • Ohhhh Noooo!!! (28/10/2013, 14:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I'm truly sadden by this news!.... OH WOW..... Ms. Brewley had such a warm soul.. always make me smile whenever I see her stepping crossing the road looking lovely ALWAYS!... May you soul RIP my dear Ms. Brewley!.... :-(
  • janet (28/10/2013, 15:06) Like (3) Dislike (68) Reply
    who cares we all have to go one day
    • one eye roster (28/10/2013, 15:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ms. Brewley was such nice person god bless
    • oops (28/10/2013, 15:51) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
      JANET WHERE IS YOUR Heart IN SUCH A sad TIME?
    • billyb (28/10/2013, 17:47) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      @janet, ur a heartless #itch. Why comment if you don't care? The scarey part is that yoi are one of those people right there fightinh fpr a booklet pretending uou were a friend.
      • @billyb (28/10/2013, 22:14) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
        Billyb you are so right about those who show up at services busy trying to get a booklet looking news but never had a good thing to say and turn the services into a fashion show
    • Manyy (28/10/2013, 20:39) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ Janet. You so hateful, we know we all have to go one day, but an evil person like you...people will say "GOOD RIDDANCE. Miss Bewley helped so many and she will be greatly missed. RIP Corrine.
    • @the devil I mean janet (28/10/2013, 22:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      Well the devil has an alter ego and could blog on newsites now. Shameful and certainly distasteful.
    • von (28/10/2013, 23:21) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
      stupid bitch
    • @ Janet (29/10/2013, 05:03) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      Janet you are pure evil. Thankfully you can NEVER detract from the love and admiration we as a community feel for this cultural icon, or the fact that we are all saddened by her passing and will miss her greatly .... So to answer your question of cares? WE ALL CARE!!!! RIP Ms. Brewley
  • stop (28/10/2013, 15:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    No man knows the day nor the hour. Be ye ready, for n such an hr as ye think not
    you will be called. Who ready stay ready, who are not ready prepared to meet our marker
    Expect that call it might be you or me. We dont know.
  • shock (28/10/2013, 15:45) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A real daughter of the soil and mother to most of us. R.I.P. Ms. Brewley.
  • dem say (28/10/2013, 15:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Brewley was such an integral part of the festivities its going down hill now without her
  • Katya (28/10/2013, 15:50) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Specifically to you Janet. OMG how can you be such an insensitive douchebag. Someone lost their mother, sister, aunt, friend. Would you like someone to make such a comment regarding your loss. You are a massive douchebag.
  • jude (28/10/2013, 16:32) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    To the family of Ms Brewley my sympathy ,on another note why do you all wait until some one dies to say you love them it is no use to them say it while the person is alive it will bring great joy to that person




  • ON NO!!!! (28/10/2013, 16:43) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    omg vino are you for real?? was travling all day and did not get on...and I loved to see how she dress a women of class
  • MS WISE (28/10/2013, 18:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    rest in peace my beloved. janet check ll the blogs you are the only negative DOG on here. you are a heartless cruff
  • Quality (28/10/2013, 18:33) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms Brewley we often spoke about everything under the sun. Our convos would go on for long periods of time, and with every conversation you always made sure there was a moral to the story. I appreciate all of the wisdom that you have shared with me, and I will miss our long talks. I will miss your sly jokes. I will miss you.
    Rest in Peace.
  • Heart (28/10/2013, 19:02) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh my gosh!!!!! I really dont believe this at all still in shock and fighting back tears you were a strong and lovely women and will truely be missed your laugher and legacy will live on . Still dont believe love you slwaysvand forever heaven gained a golden angel
  • honor (28/10/2013, 19:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    to sad to even read!!!
  • Luvz (28/10/2013, 20:33) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences to the family of Ms Corrine Brewley. She was a very nice lady always have an encouraging word to give me. This news saddens me. May her soul rest in eternal peace.
  • Marie (28/10/2013, 20:45) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Miss Brewley helped me so many times and always a smile. So sorry to see her go. To her family, she was a beautiful woman and people were always hugging her and talking with her. She was so loved and touched many. Just remember all the good times you had with her and how she made your life richer.
  • school children (28/10/2013, 21:31) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    missing her already
  • vip (28/10/2013, 21:52) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    She urged supporters to stand strong and not be bought out...she was a good lady

  • ccc (28/10/2013, 22:29) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    May she Rest In Peace and Rise in Glory.
  • born here (29/10/2013, 04:42) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @Janet - you are a cold, senseless, and evil person. Why make such a comment? God listens so you had better be careful. Just like you show no empathy, that's what will be for you,Karma is a $itch!!! You ought to be ashane of yourself.
  • mask man (29/10/2013, 06:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    ...RIP Ms Brewley
  • clsoe friend (29/10/2013, 09:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i am still crying all now
  • sister sister (29/10/2013, 12:26) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    on behalf of corine entitie home circle I would like to say many thanks for all the prayers and good wishes at this time of mourning.once again thanks to all.
  • brother l (29/10/2013, 12:59) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would like to thanks everyone for their prayers and support in these times of mourning.
  • Marcys (29/10/2013, 16:01) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    the bvi has lost a fashion hero
  • on sideline (30/10/2013, 14:08) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ms. Brewley a true child of
    her mother a very kind and loving person. A real peoples person who will live on. Sisters and brothers stay strong .
  • JACK BE STILL (01/11/2013, 06:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sleep on my dear friend
  • jj (04/11/2013, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I worked with Corrine for a short stint at Barclays and she was the warmest BV Islander I ever met. RIP. Your work on earth on done God has other plans for you.


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