we 1It, 1992
St. hoiMa (wnrd "ek
Officiant... Reverend Martin Weitz
Organist... Marjory Pertraca
Interment in the Family Vault, Western Cemetery I
Voi Scholte Ceo.kia
St Thnmas V.I
Edith Borm Borm and Andrew Bora
and sons David, Stevn and Michael
Angela Boam Bacher and Frederick Bacher
and m s Edwar and daughter Judith
Arnold and Steven Van Beverhoudt
Nina Camuth Corneiro and Phillip Cneiro
June and L Kenneth Lindqvit
Rafta Boom Smith, J ephita Born Attale and Anna Lunuden
Stanishas and Alln Luuden, all of Trinidad
Anton Teytaud, Robert Teyaud and
Patricia Teytaud de Cubero o Costa Rica
David Bonm, Steven Bona, Michael Boarn,
Courtney Reese, Arnold Van Beverhoudt, Steven Van Beverhoudt
Andrew Bomn, Albert Coawiom& Phillip Comeiro,
Maco Berryman Andrew Glass
James Boschuhle Enrique Richards
rRov Wi70;MinA eBomn
OCTOBER 13,1903 June 7,1992
Genteel, kind, caring, humanitar-
ian, soft-spoken, indomitable will,
dedicated to family, to church, to his
community, indefatigable civil ser-
vant areall termswhich could be used
to describe Roy Williston Bon.
Bor n Otober 13, 1903 on St
Thomas Danish West Indies, he was
the youngest ofa family of three sons
born to David Owen and Edith
Urania Van Beverhoudt Bonn. He
was part of a very large extended
family of aunts, undes, and cousins,
a large but closely knit family unit.
Roy was a young man when his fa-
therdied in theeany l920 Roy lived
at home and assumed responsibility
for his mother and became a devoted
son. This dedication to family was
not limited only to his mother. Any
family member having a problem.
whether illnessorjust having a rough
time, was the recipient of Roy's good
will, counsel and moral support.
So it was from this background
that he emerged to make his mark
upon the world.
He attended theSt ThomnasGm-
mar School from which he gradu-
ated in 1917. The school was headed
by the Reverend A.H. Lslie pastor
of the Dutch Reformed Church. t
was set up under the Danish school
system and was roughly equivalent
to the American High School.
Never one to sit st Roy busied
himself with courses in accounting
and stenography and in 1920 was cer-
tified by the Pitmann Institute of Cin-
cinnati, Ohio. In 1942 he was licensed
as a Certified Public Accountant All
of this was in addition to working in
the family firm of D.O. Bomn & Sons.
In 1924 he entered government ser-
vice as a stenographer in the Office of
the Government Secretary, an office
which he was destined to head some
32 years later.
From the Officeof the Government
Secretary he went to the US. Naval
Station where he spent six years as a
purchase and voucher clerk. In 1931
he returned to the local government
as a secretary to Governor Paul M.
Pearson and continued to serve in this
capacity during the administration of
Governor Lawrence W. Cramer.
His appointment in 1935 as Super-
intendent of Social Welfare for St.
Thomas and St John afforded him
the opportunity to put to good use
the knowledge of government opera-
tions which he had gained as secre-
tary to the first two civilian gover-
nos, Pearson and Cramer.
Roy welcomed this opportunity to
dedicate all of his energies towards
the progress of social welfare in the
Virgin Islands His unflagging zeal
and commitment to the job at hand
led him to work long, tedious hours.
Believing firmly that the goals of
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the Department could only be met if
there was well trained sta% he imme-
diately implemented program f staff
development. He left no stone
unturned to provide in-service train-
ing for those employees already on
board and to seek scholarships for
those interested in going off-island for
He never took "no" for an answer
in his quest to improve and, in some
cases, to initiate programs of public
assistance, child welfare and institu-
tional care for the aged, just to name a
few. When local funds were lacking
he sought federal funds. To this end
he was the prime mover in the estab-
lishment of the Community Chest, the
forerunner of today's United Way.
In 1944 the scope of his duties were
broadened to territorial responsibility
when he was appointed Commis-
sioner of Social Welfare for the Virgin
Islands. As his responsibilities in-
creased officially, so did his volunteer
and ex officio duties, to areas such as
Housing and community re-develop-
ment. He was frequently called upon
to use his lobbying prowess in the halls
of Congress in behalf of the territory.
The extension of the national Social
Security program to the Virgin Islands,
effective October 1, 1950 and June 1,
1951, was a major accomplishment for
Roy Bomn, of which he was justifi-
ably proud. Needless to say, one for
which our citizenry should be particu-
larly grateful on the third day of each
Roy Born's contributions were
recognized June 4,1954 when Howard
Univensiyonfersde him the Hon-
orary Deree of Doctor of Huma
In 1958 president Dwight D.
Eisenhower appointed Roy Williston
Bomn tothepost ofGovemmetSec-
retasy, the territory's second highest
office. The inauguration of John
David Merwin as Governor and Roy
Williston Bomn as Government Sec-
retary on Thursday, September 25,
1958 was the first time that there was
a native team guiding the affair of
state. As Lt. Governor Derek M.
Hodge rightly pointed oat in his
statement on Bomn's death, "He is
undoubtedly responsible for pruning
and moulding the current duties of
the Lieutenant Governor."
It was during his tenure that the
first large-scale Reassessment of Real
Property was implemented. One of
the spin-offs of that project was the
program of microfilming of critical
historical records of the territory un-
der the direction of Enid M. Ba, Di-
rector of Libraries who presented the
program toDr. Bornn. Hegaveit his
Imprimatus and provided partial
funding. The program continues to-
As far back as 1958 he was sug-
gesting the use of voting machines;
compulsory automobile insurance
was another area of his concern. In
the position of Government Secretary
he was called upon to represent the
Governor many times and for long
periods of time. When Roy's term as
Government Secretary ended in May,
1961 and he retired from government
Orda o Seriee"
ORGAN PRELUDE ................... Meditation on Amazing Grace
HYMN ............................ O God Our Help in Ages Past
OLD TESTAMENT READINGS ............ Isiah 40:28-31; Psalm 121;
PSALM 23 ........................................... Unison
HYMN ....................................... Be Still My Soul
NEW TESTAMENT READINGS .......... Romans 8:31-39, John 14:1-6
HYMN ................................. OJesus I Have Promised
REGINA & ROY'S NIGHTLY PRAYER
THE LORD'S PRAYER
HYMN ....................................... For All the Saints
POSTLUDE .............................Fantasie in G Largement
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
It is with a sense of loss and sadness that I write to offer our deepest
sympathy to the family and many friends of Roy W. Bornn. This son of the
soil was one who exemplified the use of "quiet power," in making giant
strides and accomplishments toward the improvement of government in
these islands. On behalf of the members and staff of the Nineteenth Legisla-
ture, I extend our condolences to all who knew and loved him. Roy Bomn
gave his utmost for the benefit of all in this community, and for this we will
always hold him in the highest esteem. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Virdin C. Brown
President, 19th Legislature
It is with deep sorrow that I have learned of the passing of my dear friend
and colleague, Roy Born. As Commissioner of Social Welfare, now Depart-
ment of Human Services, from 1944 to 1958, Roy's vision enabled him to
initiate, promote, develop and implement most of the presently existing hu-
man services programs.
Through his efforts at many, many Congressional hearings in Washington,
D.C. he made it possible for the Virgin Islands to realize the extension of the
Federal Social Security Act's Welfare and Health programs. His contribution
enhanced and expanded services and helped to initiate many new programs.
Roy performed with a high degree of efficiency and he expected no less from
his staff. He stressed respect and understanding for those he served.
Among the many firsts, Roy initiated a scholarship program to provide
professional social work training of the staff. Then he shared his trained
workers with other departments to begin new programs such as Medical
Social Work .Health Department; School Social Work .. Education
Department; and Probation Services to the Courts. Some other firsts include
being the prime organizer of the Community Chest of St. Thomas; housekeep-
ing services for the elderly; cancer services in cooperation with the Cancer
League of Puerto Rico; public housing project... Berg's Homes; and prefab
housing at Nadir.
Roy was a caring and understanding person and his office door was always
open to everyone. As my teacher and confidant he helped me chart my career
here in the Virgin Islands. Roy's friendship will always be treasured. Dortha
and Jim join me in expressing our deepest sympathy to Roy's family.
Dr. Mamn M Berryun
TEXT OF CITATION TO ROY W. BORNN,
RECIPIENT OF HONORARY DEGREE
OF DOCTOR OF HUMANE LETTERS
HOWARD UNIVERSITY, JUNE 4,1954
by Dr. Mordeoi W. Johnson Hward University President
For more than 20 years you have worked with unswerving devotion to
establish and to sustain a broad and effective program of social work in the
Virgin Islands. In the field of voluntary activity, in social legislation, and in
the development and administration of social welfare institutions, you have
been so broadly and helpfully successful that today you are marked as a social
statesman of the highest rank and esteem.
In the field of voluntary activity you have stimulated the development of
the Community Chest movement, the establishment of visiting nurses pro-
gram, the inauguration of a school lunch program and a nurery school pro-
gram, offering of cancer treatment services, the orthopedic care of crippled
children, the housekeeping care for the indigent and incapacitated aged, and
of services, too, for the blind.
In the field of social legislation, you have initiated or otherwise actively
promoted the passage of the Social Welfare Act of 1934, providing for a Virgin
Isands Department of Social Welfare; the Workmen's Compensation Act,
passed by the municipal councils of the three municipalities; the wages and
hours act passed also by the three municipal councils and the Virgin Islands
Housing and Redevelopment Act, passed by the Virgin Islands Legislative
Assembly in 1950.
As a result of your leadership and persistent efforts, moreover, the Federal
Social Security Legislation, operative in the Untied States, has been extended
to the Virgin Islands, bringing to the people there the services of maternal and
child health care, a crippled children's program, the child welfare services, the
public assistance programs and old age and survivors' insurance. You have
also worked ardently and successfully for the participation of the Virgin
Islands in the Federal Housing and Redevelopment Program. And through
these and other measures you have developed a program of non-metropolitan
welfare services of such an outstanding character as to command the esteem
of national and international bodies of government, of labor and of public
Roy Williston Bomn: Howard University greets you today with esteem
and affection. By unanimous vote of the University Council, representing all
the faculties of the University and by virtue of the authority vested in me by
the unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees, I do now confer upon you the
honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
nc7f rib e .
Chariotte Amalie, St. homas
lwe entire Virin Islands Community mourns the passing of Roy W. Borni
for dedicating a lifetime to government and community service. As Govern-
ment Secreay, he was instrumental in securing legislation in the areas of
tabor, housing and public welfare. His volunteer efforts resulted in programs
to benefit the young, the old, the sick and the homeless He is gone, but wil
never be forgotten. May his soul rest in peace. On behalf of the people of the
Virgin Islands I extend deepest condolences to the Bonnn family.
Alexander A. Farrefly
Governor of the Virgin Istandr
Office of the Lt. Goveor
Charlote Amalie, St Thomas
During this time of sorrow, we are aware of the great loss to our commi-
nity with the passing of former Government Secretary of the Virgin Ilands,
Roy Willion Bonun. As we mourn the passing of one of our true pioneeJ let
us be mindful of his many contributions to the Territory.
Roy Born was the epitome of a public servant During his 36 years f
service to the people of the Virgin Islands, he held numerous positions of trust
and responsibility. Whether as a stenographer for the Office of Government
Secretary or as the Government Secretary, Mr. Bonn always excelled and
achieved to the dlest and as a result, earned the respect of all who knew him.
* He is undoubtedly responsible for pruning and molding the current duties of
the Lieutenant Governor.
* On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, Monique and I extend our
* sincere condolences to the Bornn family and friends. May he rest in peace!
Derek M. Hodge
Lt. Governor of the Virgin Islands
You know of your mother's faith in God. You know of her faith in Jesus
the Risen Lord. You know of her deep devotion to our Mother of Per-
petual Help. You know of her passionate love for her family. You know,
too, that she was a woman who really knew how to talk to "Papa God."
Having this knowledge gives me (and I hope it gives you) a secure hope
that today, even as we grieve her passing away from us she is now face to
face with her "Papa God" asking Him to do for her children, her grand-
children and for all of us.
Dear friends, take heart. Be united in your grief and strengthen each
other with that same love your mother prayed would be among you. In
my own name and in the name of all the Redemptorists whom your
mother loved so well, I offer you our prayers, love and support at this
time. Your mother was one of the beautiful roses God planted in this
garden of life. I will miss her even as I rejoice for her because I know that
she is with God.
God bless you and all and may he keep you in his peace!
Sincerely yours in Christ
Very Rev. Jerome Moody, C.SS.R.
MESSAGE FROM THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER
Dear Ann ... We, your Secular Franciscan Sisters and Brothers, pil-
grims and strangers on their way home to the Father, delight in the sweet
memory of you and as bearers of peace we dedicate the Blessing of St.
Clare to you and your family:
Clare: L Clare, a handmaid of Christ.... bless you in my life and after
my death, as much as I can and more than I can, with all the blessings with
which the Father of mercies has and will have blessed his Songs and
Daughters in heaven and on earth. Amen. Always be lovers of God and
your souls and the souls of your Sisters and Brothers, and always be eager
to observe what you have promised the Lord. May the Lord be with you
always and, wherever you are, may you be with Him always. Amen.
Blessing of are, 5, 1013
Secular Franciscan Order
Lady Clare ofAssisi
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