It is with a sense of profound and personal loss that I extend condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Former Governor Charles W. Turnbull. I offer to them a prayer for comfort, strength, and for the gift of God’s grace during this difficult time.
The embodiment of an outstanding Virgin Islander, Governor Turnbull distinguished himself as a leader, consummate professional, and public servant. Throughout his career he demonstrated a standard of excellence and commitment to serving others. His unwavering dedication and achievements will leave a lasting impact on the Territory.
I can personally recall my time working in his administration as Legal Counsel to the Virgin Islands Department of Education. He was a staunch advocate for education, having been a teacher, a principal, and Commissioner of the Department, always providing guidance even in the most turbulent of times.
Dr. Turnbull was a critical thinker, and I found him most engaging and insightful when I worked with the educational project of the University of the Virgin Islands while he was a delegate to the Fifth Constitutional Convention. He was no stranger to these conversations and brought both breadth and depth to the deliberations of the body as he had done in previous conventions organized around the same purpose.
Governor Turnbull’s presence was always felt, as he was a stalwart of Virgin Islands pride. He was our historian Governor who could anchor any event or decision in its proper historical and cultural context. I will miss his wise counsel, his considered intellect, his wit, and good humor.
His passion for making a difference was evident in all his endeavors. He has left a mark on this landscape and leaves a legacy of distinguished public service towards the people of this Territory. We are grateful for his contributions and will honor his memory.
May he rest in eternal peace.