Reeial A. George
Former Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council of the British Virgin Islands
Reeial A. George was a former Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council of the British Virgin Islands.
Early life and education
Reeial A. George was born in North Sound, Virgin Gorda on 17 September 1938. He held a Diploma from the North American School of Drafting. In 1960, he joined the police force and went on for training at the Seawell Training Station in Barbados, where he graduated with first class honours, including first in swimming.
He returned to Tortola and was stationed at Road Town. He resigned from the force and sought work at Little Dix Bay Hotel and later on at Biras Creek. In his spare time Reeial continued to develop his architectural skills and carpentry.
Reeial George served as Deputy Speaker of the Legislative Council from 1995 to 16 June 2003.
George He was active in community affairs and decided to contest the seat for the Seventh District, Virgin Gorda in 1967. He was unsuccessful. This did not deter him as he won the seat in 1971. He would go on to serve two terms in the Legislative Council. He was first elected to the Legislative Council to the then seventh district which was Virgin Gorda in 1971. In the following election of 1975, he lost to Hon. Ralph T. O’Neal OBE.
In 1993, after the Constitutional Review that introduced the At-Large System to the Virgin Islands, Mr. George was elected as one of the first At-Large members in 1995 and re-elected again in 1999. He was defeated in the election of 2003, the first time the now National Democratic Party (NDP) government had gained power.
He served as Minister for Natural Resources and Labour from 2002 to 2003 in a Virgin Islands Party (VIP) Administration. He was the first Government Minister in the history of the Virgin Islands to make an official visit to Communist Cuba. It was in October of 2002 that Mr. George led a delegation to Cuba. The historial trip was a return visit to that of former Cuban Vice-Minister for Fisheries Rafael Jimenez, who visited the Virgin Islands in 1995 and an invitation from Mr. Manuel Rodriguez, Director of International Relations for the government of Cuba.
In 2003, he retired from the Political scene.
George was married to Zelda George and the father of two children - Lester and Joanne.
He was a founding member of the Virgin Gorda Lions Club in 1974 and served as Deputy District Governor representing the clubs from Dominica to the Virgin Islands.
George passed away at Peebles Hospital on Monday, 21 October 2013, aged 75. He was accorded an Official Funeral on 2 November 2013 at the North Sound Methodist Church, Virgin Gorda.