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OBITUARY NOTICE: Virgin Islanders Mourn Death of Oliver McCoy Webster

OBITUARY NOTICE: Oliver McCoy Webster

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Governor Kenneth Mapp, on behalf of the government and people of the Virgin Islands, has issued a statement of condolence to the family, loved ones and friends of hotelier and business executive Oliver McCoy Webster, who passed away on May 29, 2018.

Webster, the owner of Island Laundries, a St. Thomas commercial laundry and dry-cleaning operation, ventured into the hotel and conference facility industries when he opened Palms Court Harborview in 1996. The facility hosted many local events, conferences and served as an entertainment venue. Today, Palms Court Harborview provides extended residential services.

“Mr. Webster generously offered the complimentary use of a public meeting room at Palms Court for local non-profit organizations, church groups and others,” Mapp said. “This was just one of his many kind and civic-minded efforts, but something that made a tremendous difference over the years.”

Webster was an active member of the Virgin Islands business community for nearly four decades.

“We pause to acknowledge the passing of this fine Virgin Islander and extend profound sympathies to those bereaved, especially our colleague Lisa Webster Potter,” the Governor said.

He is the father of the Government House Chief of Protocol, Lisa Webster Potter.

Oliver McCoy Webster is survived by his wife Lorna, three children, seven grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

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everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling.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.

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