Dn Celebration of the ife of
January 16, 1906 JAgust 16, 1999
dnesday~g, Jtugust 25, 1999
Sts. ?Pter and Taul Cathedral
interment at Wcstern Cemetery #1
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The son of Federico and Alice Peterson Guirty was born January 16,
1906 and joined his heavenly father on August 16, 1999.
Following his early education on the island of St. Thomas, he re-
ceived a bachelors degree from Long Island University in New York
City. He pursued advanced courses at Columbia University, City Col-
lege, New York Law School, and the New School for Social Research.
As an individual who witnessed the major historical, political, economi-
cal and social changes in the territory since the transition from Danish
to American sovereignty, he used his talent to record these changes.
Mr. Guirty is well known for his writings and recordings of Virgin
Islands history. His wife of 60 years stated that "Geraldo loved the
Virgin Islands more than he loved me or himself," a real tribute to the
fourth generation Virgin Islander. His published works include Harlem's
Danish-American West Indians, Sixtonian Vignettes 'bout Amalia, and
The Tappus Event.
Mr. Guirty maintained his affiliations with several local organiza-
tions including St. Thomas Friends of Denmark, Women's League of
St. Thomas, and the Virgin Islands Historical Society. He was a co-
founder and avid supporter of the Grand Knights of Columbus, St.
Mr. Guirty is survived by his wife, Louise, cousin Emile Padilla,
nephews Geraldo Guirty, Victor Blake, Richard Moron and Rudolph
Moron, other rela-
tives and many,
many friends. He
was truly loved,
by the young, the
old, and the com-
munity as a
whole. His greet-
ing to all as he
walked the streets
of St. Thomas will
be sorely missed.
May he rest in
Order of rvice
Celebrant & Homilist... Rev. George Franklin
Deacon... Reverend M. Leonard Monsanto
Organist.. Attorney Courtney Reese
RITE AT THE CHURCH ENTRANCE
ENTRANCE HYMN ................ I Am the Bread of Life, #30'
GREETING AND OPENING PRAYER
FIRST READING: Wisdom 3:1-6,9 .... Carmen Grant, Regent, CDA
RESPONSORIAL PSALM ......... Sister Louis Marine Bryan, S.C
SECOND READING: Philippians 3:20-21 ............ Carl A. Penr
HOMILY .............................. Rev. George Franklir
PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION
OFFERTORY HYMN .......... 0 Sacred Heart, O Love Divine#33'
HYMN OF PEACE .................... Prayer of St. Francis #28,
COMMUNION HYMN .......... .Hail Mary, Gentle Woman, #371
MEDIATION SOLO: Ave Maria .............. Mr. Alan Harrigai
EULOGY .................. Atty. John L. Maduro, Grand Knigh
POST COMMUNION PRAYER
FINAL COMMENDATION AND FAREWELL
RECESSIONAL HYMN ......... Mother Dear, O Pray For Me #36!
Louis Boschulte, Theodore Danet, Michael Charles,
Anthony Francis, Winston Parker
Dr. A.O. Heath, Geraldo Guirty (nephew), Emile Padilla,
Frank D. McLuster, Carl Penn, Mario Watlington,
Victor Blake, Rudolph Moron, Richard Moron
Cn tribute to raldo uirty
When only memories remain, let them be beautiful ones.
The Virgin Islands community mourns the loss of one of its GIANTS,
Mr. Geraldo Guirty, the Sixtonian. He was a dedicated public servant.
Throughout his life he devoted his main energies to the proliferation
of information regarding the history, disciplines, culture, conservation
and welfare of Virgin Islanders in the Caribbean and the United
States. He was the consummate professional.
Seldom do we run across a man of better temperament or a more
gentlemanly, more considerate or patient one than Mr. Guirty. I was
privileged to be his physician, his friend and his Brother Knight.
My family and I extend to his wife our sincerest condolences.
May the blessing of Almighty God be with his family during this
time of their bereavement.
Alfred O. Heath, M.D., FACS
The University of the Virgin Islands mourns the passing of a dear
friend and scholar, Mr. Geraldo Guirty. Affectionately and appropri-
ately known as the "The Sixtonian," Mr. Guirty's books and other
publications ensured that Virgin Islanders knew their past and could
interpret the present In the context of what had gone before. But, Mr.
Guirty also contributed to the future by his generous donations to the
higher education enterprise namely, to the University of the Virgin
Islands. His annual contributions to the University were always ac-
companied by a personal note with words of wisdom and encourage-
ment. Often there were humorous comments in his notes which ad-
dressed some issue of local interest.
Mr. Guirty set the model for all who love the Virgin Islands to follow
mindful of the past and investing in the future.
On behalf of the University family and my personal family, I bid a
fond farewell to his person. His legacy lives on.
Orville Kean, Ph.D.
President, University of the Virgin Islands
A TRIBUTE TO GERALDO GUIRTY THE SIXTONIAN
Gerry was a long-term friend and associate of mine in New York
City and here at home. His achievements in writings and social
activities are well known, and as time rolls on, they will have substan-
tial meaning to us.
I will reflect on the man himself. He was a patriot. He was never
reluctant to approach a governor, senator or representative to accom
plish some benefit for the commonweal. He was an active citizen and
devoted churchman. In all, a gentleman. He walked quietly but h
defended the freedom of his mind and soul. "For how can man dii
better than facing fearful odds. For the ashes of his fathers and the
temples of his Gods." Now he rests in peace.
Mario A. Watlingtor
Mr. Geraldo Guirty was born on January 16, 1906 in St. Thomas
Virgin Islands. He was educated at the Catholic School of Sts. Pete;
and Paul Cathedral. Shortly thereafter, he lived in New York City anc
attended Rhodes Preparatory School. Upon his graduation, he studies
journalism at the Long Island University where he obtained a Bach
elors of Arts degree. He took post graduate courses at Columbia Uni
versity and New York School of Law.
As a journalist, he was a correspondent for several newspapers anc
wrote for The Daily Gleener in Jamaica, West Indies, The Chronicle ir
Guyana, The Amsterdam News in New York, and several others.
Mr. Guirty was my good friend, and also a good friend of my entire
family. He was well liked and respected by all who knew him in thif
community. Even though he was away from his home, for several
years, he maintained a keen interest in the socioeconomic and political
changes which occurred in these islands, and on occasions has ap-
peared before congressional committees in Washington, D.C. to give
favorable testimony for the appointment of various governors to this
territory such as Governor William Hastie and Ralph M. Paiewonsky.
In addition, while residing in New York City, he was active in various
civic organizations promoting the Virgin Islands such as the American
Virgin Islands Civic Industrial Association, and VIPAC, the Virgin
Islands Public Affairs Council, which he organized. He has been the
recipient of awards from various organizations and recently received
an award from our then governor of the Virgin Islands, Roy Lester
Geraldo Guirty was the author of several books about the islands
and its people such as Harlem's Danish-American West Indians, The
Sixtonian Vignettes 'bout Amalia, The Tappus Event, and many others.
Over the years, his writings appeared in The Photo News, The Home
Journal, and The Daily News, the latter featuring his famous Sixtonian
column which dealt mainly with historical facts about life under the
Danes. He was a member of several organizations here in St. Thomas,
including The Friends of Denmark and the Virgin Islands Historical
Lots can be said of this great man. He was extremely religious and
devoted much time to his church and to "The Knights of Columbus." He
was a hard working "knight" and vigorously supported every fund-
raising activity sponsored by the "knights." As a consequence, his
efforts were very much appreciated and he was elected to the exalted
position of "Grand Knight" on many occasions.
He worked in the Department of Commerce as Chief Public Rela-
tions Officer for many years, and traveled extensively throughout the
world, mostly at his own expense.
Among some of the significant things to remember about this gentle-
man are: 1. He and his wife obtained the support of the then Mayor of
New York City to temporarily name "Times Square" as "Virgin Islands
Square." 2. His service as a delegate to the 3rd and 4th Constitutional
Conventions. 3. His vigorous support of the Virgin Islands Govern-
ment regarding the purchase of the Danish West Indian Company. I
recall when he alone picketed the Senate, when the matter was under
consideration. 4. His desire for greater self-government for the Virgin
Islands of the United States.
I have been privileged to exchange thoughts and ideas with him, and
benefitted greatly from his opinions. We shared a daily morning swim
at Magen's Bay together for over 25 years and, most recently, had
lunch with him every Sunday at the Elysian Hotel after mass.
Geraldo Guirty will be greatly missed. He was the husband of Louise
Blake Guirty, a devoted wife whom he recently celebrated 60 years of
marriage in this church. His contributions to this community shall be
remembered by all. May he rest in peace.
John L. Maduro
My dear friends ... It is with sadness that I learned of the death of
Geraldo Guirty, the "Sixtonian."
By means of this note, I wish to tender my condolence to Geraldo's
dear wife, Louise; to the parish of Sts. Peter and Paul; to the Knights of
Columbus; and indeed, to the whole community of Virgin Islanders.
His passing has impoverished the landscape just as his presence en-
Mr. Guirty's devotion to the Church, to family values, and to his
beloved Virgin Islands made Mr. Guirty an important role model for
many. He was the quintessential Catholic West-Indian gentleman in
an era of such unbridled materialism and individualism. Geraldo
Guirty was an eloquent herald of spiritual ideals with a keen sense of
community and the commonweal. Indeed, Danish butter has not
touched my lips since Geraldo's call for the boycott.
In his tender years, he witnessed the transfer celebration as th(
"Dannebrog" was lowered and the "Stars and Stripes" were hoistec
aloft. At the end of the century, we bid farewell to this wonderful mar
and prepare for a new chapter in the history of the Islands that he
loved and served so well.
May the Lord receive his soul into Paradise. Geraldo, you are sorel)
missed but fondly remembered. With prayers and best wishes I remain
devoted yours in Christ,
Bishop Sean O'Malley, Fall River, Massachusetts
P.S. I am on retreat this week. Cardinal Law will be joining us. I
shall ask him to offer Mass with me on Wednesday for the repose of the
soul of Geraldo Guirty.
MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
I join all Virgin Islanders in expressing my deepest sympathies to
the family, loved ones, friends and associates of journalist, historian,
author, political activist, tradition bearer and public servant, Mr. Geraldo
Guirty. With the passing of my very dear friend, the people of the
Virgin Islands have lost "an icon," a living piece of history.
Geraldo Guirty's writings under the pseudonym the "Sixtonian"
conveyed in vivid terms the culture of his beloved Virgin Islands. These
writings will ever remain a Treasure Box of the things that identify us
as a special and particular people. He was a member of various organi-
zations here and on the mainland including the Knights of Columbus,
Virgin Islands Civic Association, Virgin Islands Historical Society and
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., just to name a few.
As we pay our respects to his tireless efforts to promote the best
interest of the territory here and abroad, we remember with fondness
and deep appreciation his tireless energy and his unflinching resolve to
contribute to the social, cultural, economic and political advancement
of our Virgin Islands.
On behalf of a grateful Virgin Islands, I salute the "Sixtonian" for all
he has done to chronicle the journey of our people. He will be sorely
missed, but his works will now become part of our great history. On
behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, I offer heartfelt condolences
and a fond farewell. May he rest in peace.
Governor Charles W. Turnbull
"I'm going to live every day of my life!"
(said by Geraldo Guirty to his printer, October 15, 1982)