Lt. Governor Gregory Francis Extends Condolences to the Family of George G. “Bagoon” O’Reilly PDF Print
For Immediate Release          No. 059-08

November 13, 2008

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Lt. Governor Gregory Francis Extends Condolences to the Family of George G. “Bagoon” O’Reilly

Lieutenant Governor Gregory R. Francis offered his deepest sympathies to the family, friends and faithful listeners of George G. “Bagoon” O’Reilly, former senator, cultural icon and well-known radio personality on St. Croix who passed away this weekend.

“George, or Bagoon, as everybody knew him was greatly respected in this community,” Lt. Governor Francis said. “He was very active and truly civic-minded and he always had the interests of this community at heart.”

Lt. Governor Francis, who recently appeared on Bagoon’s morning radio program, recalled his love for calypso, his incredible sense of humor and his blistering criticisms on politicians of all stripes.

“No one was spared,” Lt. Governor Francis said. “Not even me. When there was something he thought we should know, he let us know.”

George O’Reilly served in the Ninth Legislature of the Virgin Islands, finishing the term of Lew Muckle who died months after being sworn in. In recent years, however, he was known for his radio programs on WSTX and for the early morning breakfast he helped organize each year in January in celebration of Crucian and Puerto Rican cultures during the annual Christmas Festival.

“I am honored to have called him a personal friend and on behalf of my wife, Cheryl, the staff at the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, we extend sincere condolences to his remaining family and close friends,” Lt. Governor said. “I would also add that the Crucian-Rican breakfast is going forward in honor of him and in the committee’s effort to keep the tradition and Bagoon’s spirit alive.  He will be sorely missed by all.”
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