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Former VI Legislator Cyril Lewis Walters MBE passes

Former legislator Mr Cyril Lewis Walters, MBE, died on Tuesday afternoon, September 13, 2022. Photo: Team of Reporters
Acting Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) was the first to pay tribute to the late legislator, Mr C. Lewis Walters. Photo: VINO/File
Acting Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) was the first to pay tribute to the late legislator, Mr C. Lewis Walters. Photo: VINO/File
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock has described the late Cyril L. Walters, MBE as a Virgin Islands' 'patriot'. Photo: VINO/File
Former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock has described the late Cyril L. Walters, MBE as a Virgin Islands' 'patriot'. Photo: VINO/File
LAMBERT ESTATE, Tortola, VI- Former legislator Mr Cyril Lewis Walters, MBE, died on Tuesday afternoon, September 13, 2022, at his home in Lambert Estate on the eastern end of Tortola, after being ill for some time.

Mr Walters was 87 years of age, having been born on October 17, 1934.

A former Minister in the then Ministry of Education, Health and Welfare under a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Government, Mr Walters was well-known, highly respected, and much-loved for his many contributions to the Virgin Islands (VI).

A man dedicated to service above self

The late Mr Walters- an indigenous Virgin Islander- was originally from the sister island of  Virgin Gorda. His service included being an early member of the Lions Club of Tortola and he was a Melvin Jones Fellow. Before he became a politician, the former Legislator and Minister taught for 34 years in many schools throughout the VI and contributed to developing the Virgin Islands’ human capital and, consequentially, the Territory’s development.

After serving in several schools in the Territory as Headteacher, including Jost van Dyke, in 1975 he became an Administrative Officer in the then Chief Minister’s Office and rose to the rank of Permanent Secretary.

He won two consecutive General Elections, in 1986 and 1990, on the VIP ticket, and represented the Eighth District in the then Legislative Council. He also had the privilege to act as Chief Minister in the absence of the late H. Lavity Stoutt on many occasions. Mr Walters was also a dedicated member of the East End Methodist Church.

On retirement, he was an avid gardener and also occupied himself in family businesses.

Mr Cyril Lewis Walters was awarded Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1986 for his contributions to the Public Service.

His legacy is carried on by his children: Bernadine Louis (Walters), Mc Lloyd Walters and Dr Cyrilyn Walters, who are accomplished in their fields as they continue to serve their homeland, the VI, with patriotic dedication.

Tributes by Acting Premier & Former Speaker

Acting Premier and Minister for Communications and Works Hon Kye M. Rymer (R5) was the first to pay tribute to the late legislator. In a public statement last evening the Acting Premier noted, “I have contacted the family of the late Honourable C. Lewis Walters to convey my deepest condolences on behalf of the Premier and Government of the Virgin Islands, and on my own behalf and that of my family, and the people of the Virgin Islands.”

The Acting Premier said: “I join the Virgin Islands community to pay tribute to his good works and sterling legacy.”

In an invited comment, former Speaker of the House of Assembly (HoA) Julian Willock said: “I wish to be associated with the sentiments of Honourable Rymer.”

Mr Willock noted that during his tenure as Speaker (2019-2022), “I got very close to Honourable Walters and his daughter Bernadine..we have lost a patriot.”

Mr Walters also has family in the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and the USA.

The Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online express condolences to the family and other loved ones of the late Legislator Cyril Lewis Walters, MBE.

9 Responses to “Former VI Legislator Cyril Lewis Walters MBE passes”

  • ... (14/09/2022, 10:48) Like (25) Dislike (0) Reply
    ANOTHER GOOD MAN IS GONE1 REST IN POWER LIOUS
  • respect (14/09/2022, 10:58) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    A quiet, well respected man who lives up to his word. Not like these politrixing ones around now. RIP.
  • Andrew Cox Sr (14/09/2022, 11:16) Like (15) Dislike (0) Reply
    A Great Man for the People

    Much Love to all the Family Members

    Hon Walters you will Live On
  • A REAL TOLIAN WITH INTEGRITY (14/09/2022, 13:22) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    A WELL RESPECTED HUMAN / ALL THESE HYPOCRITES WHO HOLLERING OUT ,( I FRON HERE ) COULD LEARN A LOT FROM THAT GENTLEMAN , SADLY THEY ARE NOTHING BUT PRETENDERS WHO SEEMS TO ENJOY MANIPULATING OTHER PEOPLE EVEN THEIR OWN
  • Youth (14/09/2022, 14:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks for your service and all you did for the BVI. You will always be remembered. RIP.
  • The watchdog (14/09/2022, 17:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Only the good one dies these set of Uncle Tom we have in there now is a disgrace election now please

    Rest easy out dear brother Walters we will see you again as you have ran the race
  • A deal honourable. (14/09/2022, 18:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Deepest sympathy to his family...
  • Runako Francis (16/09/2022, 18:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A good man - too good for BVI politics, if you ask me. May his should rest in peace.
  • Tafari Zharr (18/09/2022, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am so very saddened to hear that the commended, civic and community leader has passed. Teacher Walters was open about “all” students having access to equal education and opportunities.

    He was a quiet storm, brave educator, and a well-intentioned pubic spirit who elevated others including his own children (Bernadine and Mc Lloyd whom I’ve had the pleasure of personally knowing) to become good citizens; an inclusive educator who was instrumental in students lives counseling many of us and impacting some of our earlier academic development - me included.

    Condolences to all, especially to his immediate family and friends.


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