Mapp: Flags In The Territory Will Fly At Half-Staff In Honor Of Bingley Richardson Sr.
FINAL RESPECTS: Flags in the territory will fly at half-staff in tribute to the life of former Senate President Bingley Richardson, Sr., (left) according to Gov. Kenneth Mapp. And Acting Gov. Osbert Potter declared Wednesday that June 10, 2017 is “Bingley Richardson Sr. Day” in the territory.
CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Gov. Kenneth Mapp has ordered that all Virgin Islands Government buildings fly flags at half-staff in honor of former Senate President Bingley G. Richardson, Sr., who died on May 27, 2017. Senator Richardson served in the 17th 18th and 20th Legislatures.
Flags are to remain at half-staff until sunset on June 10 following services scheduled for that day for the late Senate President.
Mapp reiterated his message of condolences to the family and friends of Senator Richardson.
“He will live on in the annals of Virgin Islands history and in the memories of all those whose lives he touched,” Mapp said. “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. He 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 remain with his loved ones during this time of mourning. May his soul rest in peace.”
Boat captain Richardson came from a long line of St. Thomians, according to his daughter Stephanie Richardson, who told the Virgin Islands Free Press that her father, grandfather and great grandfather were all born in Charlotte Amalie.
The viewing and funeral service arrangements for Senator Richardson are as follows:
· Memorial tributes and reflections will take place on Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in the Earle B. Ottley Legislative Hall; St Thomas.
· Senate President Richardson will Lie in State for public viewing on Friday, June 9, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
· The funeral service will be on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Christchurch Methodist Church Market Square.