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A lookback @ late Gov Charles W. Turnbull; Ceremony Ellis Thomas Downs

-Perspective in photos from 2009 Ellis Thomas Downs renaming ceremony
The late Charles W. Turnbull was the keynote speaker for the renaming of the Little A Race Track to the now Ellis Thomas Downs located in Sea Cows Bay. Photo: Government Information Service
It was last Sunday, July 3, 2022, that the Virgin Islands (VI) learned of the sad news of the passing of former United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Charles W. Turnbull (D) who served as a Democratic Governor for two consecutive terms 1999 to 2007. Photo: Government Information Service
It was last Sunday, July 3, 2022, that the Virgin Islands (VI) learned of the sad news of the passing of former United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Charles W. Turnbull (D) who served as a Democratic Governor for two consecutive terms 1999 to 2007. Photo: Government Information Service
All including the then Government of the late Premier Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and the Thomas family felt that Governor Turnbull was the best person to speak at the renaming because of his close ties to the British Overseas Territory and the family of the late Ellis Thomas. Photo: Government Information Service
All including the then Government of the late Premier Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and the Thomas family felt that Governor Turnbull was the best person to speak at the renaming because of his close ties to the British Overseas Territory and the family of the late Ellis Thomas. Photo: Government Information Service
Former Speaker, Julian Willock and Third District Legislator & Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in conversation at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
Former Speaker, Julian Willock and Third District Legislator & Leader of the Opposition Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3) in conversation at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
A historic look at the renaming ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009. Photo: Government Information Service
SEA COWS BAY, Tortola, VI - It was last Sunday, July 3, 2022, that the Virgin Islands (VI) learned of the sad news of the passing of former United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor Charles W. Turnbull (D) who served as a Democratic Governor for two consecutive terms 1999 to 2007.

Governor Turnbull holds the distinction of the only USVI Governor who had belonger status as both of his parents were born in the VI (Tortola).

He could have also claimed to be an indigenous Virgin Islander according to recent “opinions” of what is a Virgin Islander.

Was very close to VI

The late Governor was very close to the VI people and made frequent trips to Tortola especially after he left office, as he had many friends and family on Tortola the main island. Mr Turnbull was also an executor for family lands in the Paraquita Bay area of Tortola.

It was the late Governor Turnbull that authored the phrase the “Greater Virgin Islands” to show how close the two territories were.

In addition, it was in 2009 when his closeness to the VI was seen when he was invited to be the keynote speaker for the renaming of the Little A Race Track to the now Ellis Thomas Downs located in Sea Cows Bay.

Keynote speaker for Ellis Thomas Downs

All including the then Government of the late Premier, Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and the Thomas family felt that Governor Turnbull was the best person to speak because of his close ties to the British Overseas Territory and the family of the late Ellis Thomas. 

After his death tributes have poured in from VI residents including Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr the Honourable Natalio D. Wheatley (R7) Third District Representative and Opposition Leader, Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), and former Speaker of the House of Assembly Julian Willock who was a close friend of the deceased Governor.

Here are some photos from Virgin Islands News Online & Government information service archives of the ceremony at Ellis Thomas Downs in 2009.

 

10 Responses to “A lookback @ late Gov Charles W. Turnbull; Ceremony Ellis Thomas Downs”

  • Rocksand (09/07/2022, 18:49) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was one of the best governors he and the one he was friends with lavity
  • Just saying (09/07/2022, 21:07) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Beautiful photos vino rip Charles
  • history teacher (09/07/2022, 22:30) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The three best governors of the Usvi were Alexander farrelly, Juan Luis and Charles Turnbull
    • @history teacher (10/09/2022, 11:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Melvin H. Evans and Cyril E. King were great Governors also.
  • The 4 horse men (10/07/2022, 00:21) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    We want the track back to its glory days
  • hog city (10/07/2022, 06:44) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Frazer can’t get them to fix the track
  • 8th district gyal (10/07/2022, 19:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Affectionately called "the gentle giant". A great historian who will certainly be missed.
  • ... (11/07/2022, 00:38) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP governor you have ran your race
  • asura (11/07/2022, 09:06) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Look at the esteemed from hat to wig the man is a fashion boss
  • asking for a friend (12/07/2022, 08:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    When is the funeral?


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