Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett Announces the Passing of Her Father

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett and family. (submitted photo)

Congresswoman Stacey Plaskett announced Saturday the passing of her father, LeRoy Alphonso Plaskett. He passed away surrounded by family on Friday at the age of 90 in his New York home.

Prayers are appreciated along with consideration and patience as the Congresswoman walks through this difficult time and supports her mother and the rest of her family:

“My father was both my greatest supporter and toughest critic. He was a constant presence in my life along with the lives of my children and his family – brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, and his beloved home – St Croix. His handsome face and confident, athletic bearing filled any room he was in. He lived a full life and loved me and my family with a fierce commitment that I will miss dearly. Rest in peace and power, Daddy.

“My father, LeRoy, was born on St Croix Jan. 9, 1932, to Clifford Plaskett and Mary Stewart. An accomplished athlete in baseball and track & field, he graduated from Christiansted High School and entered the US Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He moved to New York, married his high school sweetheart, my mother Magdalene Plaskett (née Hendricks) and was proud to be a police officer like his father before him, as a member of the New York City Police Department for 30 years. He loved fishing, hunting, food, calypso and all his “cousin family.”

“My entire family – my mother, children, sister Lesley, nieces and nephew, my Dad’s surviving sisters and his bountiful nieces and nephews say – Thank you for all your prayers and well wishes.”

Funeral and interment arrangements to follow.