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West End burial ground gets a post-Irma clean-up

- First District resident Mr MacDonald 'Mac' Smith commended for his selflessness
Mr MacDonald Smith's crew cleaning up the burial ground in West End following hurricane Irma that damaged the grounds. Photo: Provided
Mr MacDonald Smith having lunch after working tirelessly to clean-up the burial grounds in West End. Photo: Provided
Mr MacDonald Smith having lunch after working tirelessly to clean-up the burial grounds in West End. Photo: Provided
More work being done on the West End burial grounds by Mr MacDonald Smith and his crew. Photo: Provided
More work being done on the West End burial grounds by Mr MacDonald Smith and his crew. Photo: Provided
WEST END, Tortola, VI - First District resident Mr MacDonald 'Mac' Smith recently had to deal with the sudden death of his wife; however, that did not deter him from assisting with the recovery process in his district.

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, Mr MacDonald Smith and his crew worked tirelessly to clean-up the burial grounds in West End.

Honourable Andrew A. Fahie, Leader of the Opposition and First District Representative, commended Mr Smith and his crew for assisting in the restoration efforts.

"He lost his wife but he did not lose his community spirit. He did not lose his love for people nor his love for God," expressed Hon Fahie.

The burial ground was damaged by Hurricane Irma and was in a dreadful condition.

The First District Representative stated that Mr Smith requested chainsaw and food and "they will do the rest."

"This is true First District community spirit. This is true BVI pride, giving a helping hand even when he needs one," emphasised the opposition leader.

Mr Smith is "kind, selfless & hardworking"

In an invited comment from a few members of the First District community, one lady stated that Mr MacDonald 'Mac' Smith is a very "kind, selfless and hardworking" man.

Barry P. Lewis commented that Mr Smith is a "fighter and always willing to help anyone."

"This man always helping somebody to do something, even if it small. He's a people person," said Mr Lewis.

15 Responses to “West End burial ground gets a post-Irma clean-up”

  • Excellent (13/11/2017, 12:11) Like (17) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have great respect for Mac. He is a good man.
  • wow (13/11/2017, 12:12) Like (26) Dislike (0) Reply
    This is such a heart warming story. Great job.
  • First District Man (13/11/2017, 12:15) Like (24) Dislike (0) Reply
    l admire the will power of MaK.. He is a good man. Although he has to deal with the recent loss of his wife he still is putting country above self. AWESOME!
  • Clearly (13/11/2017, 12:18) Like (52) Dislike (0) Reply
    I love the positive energy of the people of the First District and the great leadership by their District Representative. They are a model District.
  • yes yes yes (13/11/2017, 13:40) Like (27) Dislike (0) Reply
    Way to go First District and may others follow
  • Baby angel (13/11/2017, 13:46) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    The burial ground in sea cows bay needs attention the baby section is in need of ah clean up its so disrespectful up to now nobody has cleaned up
    • pat (13/11/2017, 23:48) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      can you help? That is why Mac is such a role model. He doesn't complain and wait for someone else to do it. Get your neighbours to help.
  • ... (13/11/2017, 14:26) Like (35) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job hon fahie YOU are working
  • Great Job (13/11/2017, 15:05) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Continue what you are doing Mr.Smith. You lost your wife and it is sad but she is looking down on you with a big smile. I lost two family members on October 13th and I understand. and feel your lost. May God continue to bless you.
    • @ GreatJob (15/11/2017, 20:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Condolences to you whoever you may be and others with loss of family/friends
      Wish that there was an obituary page on the media sites. Those of us who are away have no knowledge regarding those we knew and hpassed, unless the deceased has some prominenc.
  • great (13/11/2017, 17:39) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big up 1st District. Honestly, the 1st District is one of the best Districts to live in. I don't live in the 1st District but I have a friend that lives there.
  • Curious (14/11/2017, 13:48) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nuff Respect is due to this man FRFR
  • Wendy (15/11/2017, 20:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    These Royal set of Smiths here in the BVI has and continues to be a major cornerstone in every which way from pillar to post since the beginning of our time post enslavement. Great grannies and great daddies when relating always throw in the Smiths somewhere regarding building these islands. They should be given special recognition and a special place in the VI history books.
  • Well Sah (16/11/2017, 16:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice work guys. Unfortunately the burial grounds throughout the BVI and most of the Caribbean are not given much care in good times much less in these time as we are facing now with this storm.


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