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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.”

Meanwhile, on Wednesday Government House announced that June 10, 2017 has been declared as Bingley G. Richardson Sr. Day in the United States Virgin Islands “to honor and to commemorate the life of the late Senator and widely respected citizen.”
As Acting Governor, Lt. Governor Osbert Potter issued the proclamation, which includes biographical highlights of Mr. Richardson’s life as a public servant, veteran and successful entrepreneur.  The document also expresses Mapp’s “respect and admiration for one with whom he served in the Virgin Islands Legislature.”

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.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

1 Comment

  1. afterwhilecrocodile
    June 7, 2017 at 1:37 PM — Reply

    May his soul reunite with his wife in Heaven where true love resides…….

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