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Edwin A. George: Virgin Gorda businessman, pioneer & patriot dies

Virgin Gorda businessman, father, grandfather, and pioneer Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy’ passed away on March 28, 2018 at age 76. Photo: Team of Reporters
One of the vessels owned by Speedy’s Ferry, which was founded by the late Mr Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy’. Photo: Twitter
One of the vessels owned by Speedy’s Ferry, which was founded by the late Mr Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy’. Photo: Twitter
One of the vessels belonging to Speedy's Ferry at Anegada. Photo: VINO'File
One of the vessels belonging to Speedy's Ferry at Anegada. Photo: VINO'File
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- Friends, family, government officials and ordinary residents were in shock today March 28, 2018 to learn of the passing of Virgin Gorda businessman, father, grandfather and pioneer, Edwin Allen George aka ‘Speedy.’

He passed away at a Florida, USA medical facility at the age of 76, having been born on September 17, 1941. He is survived by six children.

Mr George, best known as Speedy, was born in Virgin Gorda and attended school at St Mary's, in Valley, Virgin Gorda.

Upon leaving school, Edwin worked with his father on his boats delivering cargo between the Virgin Islands (VI) and the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). Like many Virgin Islanders in those days, the deceased migrated to St Thomas, USVI to seek employment and worked as a Mechanic.

Young Businessmen

The late Mr George then returned home to the sister island of Virgin Gorda and worked with Taylor Woodrow as a Truck Driver and Mechanic, but he continued to work with his father part time. He also worked with Little Dix Bay Hotel before the ambitious young man started his own business.

He first purchased a jeep and started a driving school. His next investment was yet another vehicle, this time a car, which became known as 'Speedy's. Because of his mechanic skills, the business continued to expand with a garage.

In addition, because of his love for sailing that he obtained from his late father, Edwin purchased his first boat named 'Speedy's Adventure', which served as a means of transportation between Virgin Gorda, Tortola and St Thomas.

While he operated many other businesses, including car rentals, he made his biggest mark in the sea transportation sector and dominated domestic transportation between Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada.  

Many residents will remember his many ferry boats over the years- from Speedy’s Adventure, Speedy’s Delight, Speedy’s Fantasy, Speedy’s Sprinter, Speedy’s Peacemaker and Ella G.

A good man has died   

'Speedy' was a patriot and transported many sick and deceased Virgin Gordians over the many years, most often free of cost, to Tortola for medical attention. As a pioneer in the sea transportation industry he strived, and it was always his goal, to make travel between Virgin Gorda, Tortola, Anegada, and the USVI more convenient, comfortable, and affordable.

The late Mr George loved people and his native Virgin Gorda and has certainly made a difference in the transportation industry.

Condolences have been pouring in to his immediate family from persons around the Greater Virgin Islands, including from Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith (AL).

The Board of Directors, Management and staff of Virgin Islands News Online also extend our condolences.

23 Responses to “Edwin A. George: Virgin Gorda businessman, pioneer & patriot dies”

  • Condolences (28/03/2018, 23:32) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    May Mr. George rest in peace. Condolences to his family.
    • Belen and Eddiie Alamo Car Rental (11/04/2018, 11:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      My condolences to the family for the nicest customer we ever had. Speedy you'll be always in our hearts
  • ... (28/03/2018, 23:44) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh no! Rip
  • Lookin’ (29/03/2018, 00:31) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    You made your mark Kiddo. You were a very good man, you set the mark for many other young business men to emulate. God bless you, and my condolences to your many family and friends near and far. Gone to soon. R.I.E.P
  • peace (29/03/2018, 01:11) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    Great man. He took night and make the time of distress he was there but I know his legacy will livr on. His son and nephew learned from the best navigator of the ocean. .
  • best (29/03/2018, 01:15) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    He was a great man and one of our best night and day navigator may the works that he have done continue to speak for him
  • it will be big (29/03/2018, 06:13) Like (7) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is going to be a hel-a-va funeral...Morgan Freeman should read the eulogy
    • @It will be big (29/03/2018, 11:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      lol. The Morgan Freeman thing is the first thing that came to my mind..
  • VG (29/03/2018, 06:48) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks VINO you always have the good details.

  • Vg man (29/03/2018, 09:02) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    r.i.p speedy's you were a man's man
  • AOC (29/03/2018, 09:56) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    The news of Speedy’s death shocked me. I wish to extend my heartful condolences and sympathy to his entire family, especially his son and daughters. I have known the late Mr. George all of my adult life and know him to be a great man of integrity; a true visionary, patriot and champion of the people. For decades, he faithfully served the community of Virgin Gorda and the BVI in business and commerce, a community and people that he so deeply loved and cared for, and a community and people that also loved him in return. Virgin Gorda will not be the same without Speedy’s presence; may he RIP.
  • pat (29/03/2018, 11:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    what a big hit to the people of VG, RIP you have ran the race
  • Gordaguy2 (29/03/2018, 14:39) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I met Speedy the first time we set foot on Virgin Gorda and will always remember him as a man of honour and graciousness - very sad to see him go at such an young age - Marion and I extend our condolences to all his other friends and family. Rest in Peace Speedy.
  • concern (29/03/2018, 17:21) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    My condolences to the family and the passing ofba great man who I respect and I have known for many years. I know all his children which I got a long well with all of them.I know how it is to lost a father because I lost mine 24 years ago and he was just 51 so I know the feeling. May he Rest in peace
  • so sorry (29/03/2018, 17:56) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    RIP Speedy. We just lost one of the true Gentlemen of the Caribbean.
  • Knight Rider (29/03/2018, 19:39) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A legend has departed this life.he will be remembered forever..
  • Tortolan (29/03/2018, 21:43) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP. A great service for the nation, always on time and great ferries.

    Take it easies sir.
  • de silent one (30/03/2018, 01:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Condolences are extended to the entire George family in their time of grieving. Speedy, as he was called was one of the nicest person that you could ever meet and deal with, weather in business or otherwise. The guy was just that cool. Virgin Gorda will miss a stalwart of their soil, but more so the entire BVI. I can recall on many occasions that you would call him to take some sick person to Beef Island, and those times it used to be his white Bertrum boat and regardless of the seas condition, he was coming. He'll be well missed. Keep the boat steady Corellie.
  • Generaul (30/03/2018, 13:00) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sorry to hear of Mr George's passing. Never knew a humbler soul. Sympathy to the family
  • Bonefisher (31/03/2018, 16:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    I’ve known Speedy for 40 years. He has been an example for our three sons for his honesty and work ethic.

    When there was trouble. Or loss, Speedy was there indeed.

    Rest In Peace

  • Legend among the great (02/04/2018, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    A true legend has departed. You will never be forgotten. May your soul rest in eternal peace. Condolences to his children, grand children, sisters and brothers and the rest of the George family. This has hit real hard.
  • My in law (04/04/2018, 23:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    May you rest in peace. You will be missed but not forgotten
  • For Snake (04/04/2018, 23:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    If anyone can get in contact with snake his brother i would like to have him call me please 737-757-0781 thank you do kindly

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