Gov. Mapp Extends Condolences To Family Of Bingley Richardson Sr. After His Death
MASTS AT HALF STAFF: Gov. Kenneth Mapp extended his condolences to the family of former Senate President Bingley Richardson Sr. Richardson was a boat captain and native of St. Thomas who was elected to the Virgin Islands Legislature in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. He gave former Sen. Adlah “Foncie” Donastorg his first political position on his staff.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — The U.S. Virgin Islands has lost one of its progressive and committed public servants with the passing of former Senate President Bingley Richardson Sr., Gov. Kenneth Mapp said Saturday.
“First, let me express my sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Senator Bingley Richardson,” Mapp said. “He will certainly live on in the annals of Virgin Islands history and in the memories of all those whose lives he touched. Bingley and I served together in the 20th Legislature of the Virgin Islands, when he was Senate President. While we served on opposite sides of the aisle, the President served with distinction, respecting all members of the Senate.”
Mapp said that Richardson will be remembered “as a generous and forward thinking man.”
“Bingley will never be forgotten for the strong stance he took on keeping our beaches open to the people of the Virgin Islands,” he said. “His work in being one of the founders of the Free Beach Movement helped to drive momentum in laws being passed protecting the rights of citizens to have free access to the territory’s shorelines.”
The governor said that Richardson’s many accomplishments included playing a leading role in the U.S. Virgin Islands’ acquisition of the West Indian Company and developing the local marine industry.
“We also worked together when Senator Richardson ran for the office of lieutenant governor with former Gov. Juan Luis as his running mate in 1990,” he said. “Bingley was committed to protecting both our civil rights and economic interests and he deeply loved the Virgin Islands and its people. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this time of mourning. May his soul rest in peace.”