Senate President Novelle E. Francis Jr. today offered his sympathies to the family and the people of the British Virgin Islands on the recent passing of icon and political giant Ralph T. O’Neal:
“The Honorable Ralph T. O’Neal came from very humble beginnings. Those same humble beginnings would propel him to one of the most distinguished and influential public careers in the history of British Virgin Islands politics. Mr. O’Neal will be remembered as an agent of change in the British Virgin Islands, especially on his native island of Virgin Gorda.
He began his illustrious career as a schoolteacher, positively affecting the lives and minds of many young people. One of his greatest accomplishments was to witness so many of his students contributing and giving back to the community that helped to shape them into productive citizens. As a representative for the 9th Electoral District and premier of the British Virgin Islands, Mr. O’Neal worked tirelessly and selflessly on behalf of all the people of the British Virgin Islands ensuring a brighter and most prosperous future for generations to come.
On behalf of the members of the 33rd Legislature, I extend heartfelt condolence to Mrs. O’Neal, the entire O’Neal family and the people of the British Virgin Islands on the passing of their native son and political giant, Ralph T. O’Neal. Mr. O’Neal has departed this life, but his spirit will live on with the people of the British Virgin Islands for many more years to come through his numerous contributions to his family and community,” the Senate President said.