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UPDATE: Funeral date for Richard Holder still unknown

Investigations ongoing as to cause of death!
Superintendent of Prisons, Richard Holder died on November 24, 2012. A date for his funeral is yet to be announced. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Almost three weeks since well known Superintendent of Prisons Richard Holder passed away, no funeral date has yet been confirmed for his burial. Mr Holder died on November 24, 2012.

A Virgin Islands News Online source close to the situation reported that the body of the former senior police officer and Barbados native has not been released by Government and remained at Peebles Hospital morgue.

The same source advised this online news site that the family is awaiting more information from the USA as more tests are being conducted as to the cause of death. However, an attempt may be made by the family to have the body released so funeral arrangements could be made.

The family and the entire community are still in shock over the passing of Mr. Holder, a father, husband and long time civil servant who has made years of contribution in the area of law enforcement.

No other information is available as of post time.  Virgin Islands News Online will be sure to bring you an accurate update once a date has been announced by the family for the funeral service of the late Richard Holder.

See previous story posted on November 24, 2012

Richard Holder is dead

- Superintendent of Prisons reportedly suffered heart attack

Word just reaching Virgin Islands News Online is that the Superintendent of Her Majesty's Prison, Mr Richard Holder, is dead.

According to reliable sources, Mr Holder reportedly suffered a heart attack this evening November 24, 2012.

As of post time, a large crowd had gathered at Peebles Hospital including Premier Dr the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, Minister for Health and Social Development Hon. Ronnie W. Skelton, Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron V. Walwyn and a number of relatives and friends of Mr Holder.

It was only on November 19, 2012 that Mr Holder celebrated his 55th birthday.

More details to come.

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Virgin Islands News Online extend sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Richard Holder.

68 Responses to “UPDATE: Funeral date for Richard Holder still unknown”

  • Buh-Deh (25/11/2012, 00:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP Mr. Holder... my condolences to his family and friends.
    • St. Lucy (25/11/2012, 00:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      its really so sad to hear such kind of man is prfect but we really love richard and we pray that his soul should rest in peace
    • ann (25/11/2012, 01:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      where do broken hearts go?..."
      • test of time (25/11/2012, 09:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the late Mr. Holder will be missed not only by those who knew him and but by the BVI that he served so proudly!
        • teacher john (25/11/2012, 23:06) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          As far as our human bodies are concerned, death eventually captures all of us. As far as I can tell, no human being has yet managed to live forever
      • TO: ann (25/11/2012, 19:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        too Jesus
    • Condolences (25/11/2012, 07:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      He was the epitome of never taking a single moment for granted. Rest in peace Mr. Holder. Your presence will be missed.
  • ann (25/11/2012, 00:15) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    oh goodness RIP
  • so is this true?? (25/11/2012, 00:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    the bvi is in mourning following the untimely death of Barbadian Mr. Holder...tears, tears
    • liat 521 (25/11/2012, 01:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Rest in peace Holder, your famaily and friends will miss you dearly...
  • farmer brown (25/11/2012, 00:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    this one caught me by surprise...jah oh life
  • Janet Williams (25/11/2012, 00:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    it's a pity, we were always rooting for him
    • kevin (25/11/2012, 01:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Richard Holder has left us too soon. He had the potential to give the BVI so much more....RIP
    • x police (25/11/2012, 01:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am truly saddened by his passing. I worked with hin in the RVIPF, he gets things done...

      • she the cat mother (25/11/2012, 09:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        We often disagreed on issues and decisions, but I had immense respect and admiration for his leadership and getting things done...ACTION!!!!
    • PASSPORT (27/11/2012, 08:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      why you leave us so soon ?
  • ccc (25/11/2012, 00:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Holder, I will see you in heaven..sleep on Brother
  • george w. touch (25/11/2012, 00:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Psalm 23
    • jack be still (25/11/2012, 01:08) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bottom line, his death is a tragic loss to all who knew him far and near!
  • high hope (25/11/2012, 01:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    "You are carried
    by 1000 angels
    the way out of the valley
    into my light
    you are carried
    by 1000 angels
    in the darkest night
    I am with you
    you are carried into the light
    you are carried
    by 1000 angels
    and you will never fall deeper than in my hands
    into my light
    you are carried into your light
    1000 angels
    are carrying you
    into the light
    into the light"
    Kindly search on you tube for the song and enjoy
    • police officer west end (25/11/2012, 01:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I am so saddened by Richard's passing. His death has really hit me hard.
  • Mother Hen (25/11/2012, 01:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P Ricahrd Holder i will pray for the family
  • LEGAL TEAM (25/11/2012, 05:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    May his soul and other-departed,rest in peace Amen.The lord giveth and taketh.Our sympathies go out to to Mrs Holder.
  • Friend (25/11/2012, 07:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr Holder was such a sweet person, so friendly and caring..May your soul R.I.P... Praying for his dear wife and family..
    • co worker (25/11/2012, 09:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      he had his bad ways, but love him or hate him A giant left us last night!
  • Boo (25/11/2012, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    RIP my brethren
  • long look me come from (25/11/2012, 09:24) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Richard Holder served my country with dignity and he died with dignity. As a Virgin Islander, I appreciate Mr. Holder’s great leadership and service to my his family in the BVI and Barbados we feel your pain!
    • Can't believe! RTB (25/11/2012, 10:52) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
      You will be missed greatly by the staff at the RoadTown Bakery. The jokes, the teasing; asking us if we bahaving and me saying "sometimes", dropping off the eggs and stopping by now and again to get your tea and muffins etc. May god strenthen and comfort your family.
  • All of us (25/11/2012, 10:33) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wao it is so sad to hear such thing mister Holder was a very nice person always smiling. Rest in peace I Will behave how u ask me too
  • True (25/11/2012, 12:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    A man for many things but mostly my friend, sorely missed you will be mate!
  • The good die young (25/11/2012, 12:11) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    To Mr. Holder's family,
    They say the good die young. A good man he was, and had high respect for those in authority. To everyone it was Mam and Sir. He was politeness personified. A good man. A great man.
    For his daughter: Continue with your studies and work harder than before as your dad would have loved to see you succeed. How proudly he would give account of your progress whenever I enquired. So long, Mr. Holder.
  • bay yute (25/11/2012, 13:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just came from church and when I read this I almost got a heart attack myself...Peace to all his spirits
  • lodge (25/11/2012, 15:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    hope he had time to make things right with the father...
  • H M PRISON STAFF (25/11/2012, 17:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    God & Heaven Only Knows

    Collectively we send your family (Mrs. Holder) our humble & sincere condolences during your time of grief
    May God bless your souls,
    You may be wondering why did he (Supt. Mr. Holder) have to go
    But only God and Heaven knows
    When the day comes you'll see him at the crossroads
    But until that day
    Just know God works in mysterious ways.

    Staff of H. M. Prison

    • pain (25/11/2012, 21:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      this is so sweet...and I heard the governor visited Mrs. Holder this afternoon...
  • overcommer (25/11/2012, 21:21) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    R.I.P, prayering for strength for your wife and daughter.
  • Breezy (25/11/2012, 22:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh My Lord! Such Shocking news to read today. He was a good man and and an Excellent Public Servant. Rest In Peace until that great awakening day.
    • one eye roster (26/11/2012, 07:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      i do not have a computer at home and just learned the sad news this morning when I log on to i reach to work my lord...all i can do is cry long tears....
  • Wa dat (26/11/2012, 09:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh boy is Gods grace i my self did notget a heart attack.Whe i not see the new with Inspector Holder death.He was so down to earth.Never to buzzy to talk to or encourage any one.To his family your husband ,father and to the rest of the family my deepest condolences.Just remember he left a good legacy any one will be proud of.May God give your strength during thi of ofyour great loss.
  • Heads (26/11/2012, 14:50) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let them praise the name of the lord,for his name alone is excellent , his glory is above the earth and heavens. Psalm 148 vs 13. Rest my brothers words cannot express my grief, we loved you but God loves you best.
  • imf (26/11/2012, 17:10) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    trying to find the right word for this death
  • JAMDOWN (27/11/2012, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. Holder you have contributed your part to the safety of the BVI
  • still (27/11/2012, 15:03) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    still cannot beleive this
  • truth (28/11/2012, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    We've lost one of the good ones
  • when? (29/11/2012, 23:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    does any one know when is the funeral?
  • duff bottom (30/11/2012, 07:40) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    i pray for his wife and daughter
  • ARJAN (03/12/2012, 15:39) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Just found out by talking to one of my guest from Tortola. We attended the Alleyne School and shared the same forms for 5 years . I have not seen him since school days. my sympathy the family. My he rest in peace. Has he been buried yet?
  • kiro (06/12/2012, 12:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    thanks for this infor VINO you are the only site that brings us good information
  • You know who (12/12/2012, 16:04) Like (0) Dislike (8) Reply
    The DEVIL don't want him down there that is why the government haven't release his body yet. THAT EVIL S.O.B
  • Susi (12/12/2012, 21:23) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    No test in the world will bring him back. PLEASE give the family the closure they deserve. Not to have him around at Christmas is hard enough for the family - but please allow them to give him his final farewell before the holidays. RIP Mr. Holder - I always respected you a lot
  • rest (12/12/2012, 23:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    lawd ah mussy dem aint goin let dey man rest in peace body?
  • Trend worth noting (13/12/2012, 05:46) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    First it was Inspector Blackman, then Inspector Holder, now Inspector Aaron Williams of Fat Hogs Bay, who next. Three former policemen in less than three months, certainly a trend worth noting. Death certainly has no respect of persons. We are reminded that it hangs over every head every day. Let us live in the Lord; He assures us of the blessed hope of eternal life. My condolence to all the families in mourning!!!
  • Hmmmmmmm (13/12/2012, 14:13) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    the longer this man stay to be put 6ft under or above ground tumbed the more people going dead this man spirit moving through the land
  • lady D (14/12/2012, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Mr. holder gone to soon. from one conrad to the other. those days at the airport will never be for -gotten. the greetings of sis when ever we meet. go in peace. to the family of holder be strong.
  • ausar (16/12/2012, 14:35) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    What really happened to Mr. Holder?

    Rumours are circulating here as to other causes of death too despicable to mention-whether Holder or other officers!

    What is really going on with the the Police Force there?

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