Former Senator Edgar M. Iles Dies at 93

Former Senator Edgar M. Iles

Honorable Senator Edgar M. Iles, affectionately known as “Iles,” of Estate La Grange, Frederiksted, St. Croix, passed away at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital on Sept. 18.  Throughout this renowned veteran’s 93 years with us, he served as a four-term senator, a Rotarian, was a servant of the community, and a master of current and historical events.

Sen. Iles enjoyed spending time with his beloved family.  His great passion for sports and innate humanitarian spirit, led him to encourage, promote and nurture young athletes throughout the Virgin Islands for most of his long life.  It was his mission to propel the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee on to a larger national and international stage.  Mission accomplished and job well done!

Senator Iles was preceded in death by his parents:  George and Alberta Iles; sister, Leona Williams; nephews: Roderick Williams, Richard Williams and Anthony Williams; grandchildren: Leodel Iles and Pashanique Brown; son–in–law, Theron A. Richards; brothers-in-law: Doley Thomas and John Abramson Sr.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dolores Abramson Iles; sister, Ruth Thomas; daughters: Juanita Iles Richards, Kisha Iles, Kim Urgent, Rodelique “Deli”  Williams-Bradshaw (step) and Jacqueline Abramson (step); sons: Delroy “Deli” Iles, Ray “Haseen” Iles, Dean “Shakuma” Iles, Charles “Neal” Iles and Derek Iles; and grandchildren: Michael Iles, Kyron Iles, Tiant Iles, Ashli Iles, Ganja Iles, Kaleem Iles, Takisha Iles, Lakeisha Iles, Dumau Iles, DumaRay Iles, Laquida Iles, Rashid Iles, Malik Iles, Shaquille Iles, Quinn Iles-Moss, Daja Brooks-James, O’Darrie King, Eshé Rivers, Zuri Rivers, Yiyara Rivers, Princess Kadecia Iles, Princess Keytania Iles, Judayah Iles, Julia Iles, Osyris Iles, Jevon Bradshaw, Parisa Bradshaw and Layla Bradshaw,

He is also survived by great-grandchildren: Kylaiya Iles, Kyron Iles Jr., Amaya Iles, Imani Iles, Erika Iles, Atila Iles, Tiala Iles, Azai Iles, Idel Iles, Paul Iles, Chad Iles, Elijah Iles, Kahleed Iles, Kaleem Iles Jr, T’chelle Iles, Cynea Iles, Niyorah James, Nazir James, Lamalliah Milligan, Lehmani Iles, Liniyah Audain, Li’zyon Audain, Omari Iles, Mikeal Iles, D’myah Iles, Omani Iles, Kaelynn Iles, Fallon James and Kreigh Cromwell; niece, Ruth Ashford; and nephew, Duane Williams.

Other survivors include Sen. Iles is also survived by his daughter-in-law. Celia “Kima” Joseph Iles; Son-In-Law (step): Everton Bradshaw; sisters-in-law: Catherine Adams, Godelieve Abramson and Claudia Brown.

Special friends and families: Abramson family, Leonard Bonnelli, Hans Lawaetz, Chico Morales, Harold Brown Sr., Larry Francis, Magnolia and Curtis Williams, Anastasia Doward, Jean Nesbitt-Matthew, Alvin Milligan and family, Richard Schraeder Sr., John Brady, O’Neal Abel and the Fish Market Gang, Richard A. Schrader Sr., Richards family, Byron family, Williams family, Stanley family, Acoy family, Powell family, Smith and Ovesen family, O’Bryan family, Arnold family, Carrington family, Cornelius family, Brow family, Christopher family, Edney family, Ross family and Matthews family; as well as other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

Special thanks to his caretakers: Ivan Latimer III of Supreme Health Care, the staff of the Juan F. Luis Hospital, the Office of Dr. Dante Galiber and VITRAN.

Special thanks to the Men’s Fellowship at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, Rotary West, American Legion–Posts 85 and 133, and the Office of Veterans Affairs.

A friends and family viewing will be held from 3-5 p.m., Monday, Oct. 4, at James Memorial Funeral Home in Christiansted, St. Croix.

Tributes and viewing will begin at 9 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Frederiksted, St. Croix.  Interment will follow at the Frederiksted Cemetery.

Livestreaming of the service can be viewed at

Masks must always be worn, and social distancing guidelines must be followed.