Former government minister Carvin Malone will lie in state at the House of Assembly from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, and his funeral is slated to start at 8 a.m. tomorrow with a procession from the HOA to the Multi-purpose Sports Complex. There, a pre-service will be held from 9 a.m., with a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. followed by the interment at the Road Town Methodist Church Cemetery, according to government.

Mr. Malone died suddenly on Jan. 14 at age 64. Last Thursday during a special HOA sitting held in his honour, legislators remembered their late colleague and offered their condolences to his family and friends. Many members spoke of Mr. Malone’s business endeavours, philanthropic efforts — particularly his involvement in the Lions Club of Tortola — and political work.

Premier Dr. Natalio “Sowande” Wheatley described him as a “good man with a good heart.”

“He loved his country,” the premier said, adding, “He loved it, and he was committed to building it. And I surely will miss him.”

Time in HOA

Mr. Malone served in the HOA from February 2019 until April 2023.

In that time, he served as the minister of health and social development and briefly as deputy premier.

Dr. Wheatley also praised Mr. Malone’s leadership as minister during the pandemic.

“I think we all can agree that Carvin’s finest hour came when the Covid-19 pandemic started,” he said. “That’s where he shined most as a minister, because the Virgin Islands was praised for their stewardship of the Covid-19 pandemic and keeping Virgin Islanders safe during that particular period of time.”