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PHOTO of Day: An Ex-Premier O’Neal & a national ‘Shero’ Ms Lake

Hon Ralph T. O’Neal & Ms Patsy C. Lake along with Businessman and former Virgin Islands Party (VIP) President Cavin Malone in immediate back. Photo: Facebook
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal out today November 4, 2018, to the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church. To his immediate left is his wife Reverend Edris O'Neal, in the immediate back is Ninth District Candidate Mr. Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: Facebook
Hon Ralph T. O’Neal out today November 4, 2018, to the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church. To his immediate left is his wife Reverend Edris O'Neal, in the immediate back is Ninth District Candidate Mr. Vincent O. Wheatley. Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI: Over the past two days, the Sea Cows Bay Methodist Church has seen historical moments even as it is one of the few places of worship on Tortola that was not impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria of 2017.

Just yesterday Saturday, November 3, 2018, the church hosted the final home-going service for Cultural Icon, trailblazer, Legislator and Virgin Islands patriot Hon Delores Lettsome-Christopher (R5).

Today, Sunday, November 4, 2018, the church had another two of VI’s national treasures, the territory’s first Premier Hon Ralph T. O’Neal OBE and national ‘Shero’ Ms Patsy C. Lake. Businesswomen Ms Lake is the lady that helped saved Wickhams Cay, and portions of Anegada meanwhile Mr O’Neal was all smile as he greeted family and well-wishers.

Hon. O’Neal is the only legislator to hold the title of Member Emeritus of the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands. His other accomplishments include being the second Chairman of the Virgin Islands Party (VIP), the Chief Minister to even Premier and the list goes on. 

Hon O’Neal a national hero

Mr O’Neal served as the first Premier after defeating the now ruling National Democratic Party (NDP-before they split into two wings) in 2007 in a landslide 11 to 2 win. Hon. O’Neal was responsible for the BVI London Office even when some in the NDP opposed it, however, today the office remains a source of international pride. It was Mr O’Neal who was responsible for some 98% of all roads cut and paved on Virgin Gorda and Anegada, the Ninth District that he represented for over 35 years.

Under Hon O’Neal's VIP Government, he ensured that the people of Tortola, Virgin Gorda and Anegada earn land titles, built the North Sound and Valley Administration Buildings and the Bregado Flax Educational Centre.

It was Mr O’Neal who did it!

It was Premier O’Neal and the VIP who negotiated UK passports for VI Nationals plus completed and named the Ellis Thomas Downs, upgraded the then BVI High School (L shaped building) and started the new Peebles Hospital project.

It was a VIP Government with Hon O’Neal in the then Executive Council that built the Queen Elizabeth Bridge, the H.L. Stoutt Community College and cut all the new roads on Tortola and Jost van Dyke. He also improved and expanded water and electricity coverage in the territory and is credited with improving the bilateral relationship with our neighbour, the United States Virgin Islands (USVI), among many other things.


17 Responses to “PHOTO of Day: An Ex-Premier O’Neal & a national ‘Shero’ Ms Lake”

  • facts (04/11/2018, 21:12) Like (10) Dislike (7) Reply
    Thats why we need vip back
    • H (06/11/2018, 11:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Yeah all those accomplishments were great no disagreement here, however what happened to a proper Hospital for the residents on those islands to date its only a somewhat facility, people still have to come to Tortola for serious care, really we Virgin Islander's need to stop accepting the basic from our elected officials and start demanding more from them. We are the one's that are voting these people to better lead us, yet we stand back and gossip, argue, disagree and still vote and accept the same nonsense each election year. When are we going to say ENOUGH, and stop with the division and start with the UNITY. Our islands are small in size but our hearts are big and we deserve more
  • concern (04/11/2018, 21:13) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice to see you Mr. O’Neal. Where is the book?
  • for real (05/11/2018, 04:15) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    God bless uncle Ralph
  • Jaigon (05/11/2018, 06:28) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is indeed delightful to see Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal still going strong with all smiles.
  • BRAD BOYNES (05/11/2018, 06:35) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply

    He was also the first leader to sack a Minister. Bald head would have been gone under Ralph watch.

  • wow (05/11/2018, 12:00) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    Kudos Hon. O'Neal
    While honoring Shero for saving Wickhams Cay and Anegada, what happened to the two surviving gentlemen who actually fought the fight?
    Mr. Smith and Mr. Nibbs. We need to spread the whole story and give praise and honor while one has Breath!
    • wize up (05/11/2018, 14:46) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @ SMH: true statement. Maybe just maybe mr smith and mr nibbs are not afflicted with the V.I.P: interesting observation
    • Only who knows (05/11/2018, 17:01) Like (8) Dislike (3) Reply

      I was wondering the same thing. She wasnt the main force behind that march for Wickham's Cay but gets all the limelight and the others who did the real fighting are forgotten on the way side because they aren't up in people's faces. We really need to do better in this place, once we know better.

      • @ only who knows (05/11/2018, 21:53) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
        Good thing we not going allow you haters to rewrite history

        Ms lake was a serious part of the movement in fact she did as much as noel lyode but because we live in a sexist culture she is not given the credit due
        • questions (06/11/2018, 05:21) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
          Were you there? How you know she was a serious part? Hopeful the real truth can be written before everyone who was present departs this life.
        • concern (06/11/2018, 11:07) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
          As stated in the other comments I agree you should dig more into your history and find out exactly what happened on that faithful day, Because although others participated in the march, only Mr. Lloyd had the mitigated gaul to walk straight to the Governor's residents, while the others did not. Also be reminded because of his efforts he was shunned by the then PEOPLE who claimed to have had the Virgin Islands best interest at heart, note his building between Scato's and Flow to date has not been completed, because the financial institutions and the government ensured he was not successful. Then waited until he died to even talk about his sacrifice for the Island they claim to love, while shunning and acting as if he was less then a human while he was alive. I dare someone who lived in Tortola for the last 15 years to deny this statement.
          Patsy Lake has forever been associated with the march, not saying she didn't partake, but be reminded her association has only been used to further her own image and profit, don't get it twisted. It's always nice to honor our locals but BE TRUTHFUL.
          With all the history the Virgin Islands have its time to make a History class in the schools that focus mainly on our government, our rights, our locals, our history. Not just a discussion in the classrooms, but a full complete educational course that's required just like English and Math. We have students that don't even understands their voting rights, the limits of the ruling parties, why a governor is appointed, REALLY. Our education Minister and department heads needs to deal with our youths understanding where their history comes from before they can lead our country in the future.
  • wize up (05/11/2018, 14:14) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    outstanding leadership but we now have 2 NDP also 2 VIP.....if one can not keep a political group together how can such persons oversee the future of the 30 thousand inhabitants: good leadership is very serious business
  • zoe (05/11/2018, 21:53) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ms lake a hero god bless her
  • Harold (06/11/2018, 07:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I like ms lake she also did a lot for horse race
  • poster (06/11/2018, 11:11) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have no concerns about Ms. Lake, but please people open your eyes for every accomplishment they are giving to her, notice it was after some other Virgin Islander started the fight and then she joined and not getting the glory.
    REALLY, that's how we do now and wonder why so much inner discorse.
  • JVD VOICE (06/11/2018, 12:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

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