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S ITHIEL MELCHIOR
September 17, 1910- August 29, 1989
thiel Melchior was born to Victoria Rogers and Ephraim Mel-
/ chior in St. Thomas. Virgin Islands. He was the last child in
a family of four children and was raised in an atmosphere of fervent
warmth and sympathetic affection.
"Ithie" attended Moravian School and later George Washington
School. He obtained his High School diploma on June 10, 1966.
He married Earla Mitchell on August I1. 1937. She died on
June 4, 1982.
Remembered for his activities in the V.I. labor movement.
Melchior was central warehouse supervisor in the Property and Pro-
curement Department, retiring in 1976 after serving for 12 years.
Previously, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Government
Secretary and Public Works Department.
He also worked with the Daily News from 1933 until 1943,
after which he worked with the Photo News, and, in 1948, the Home
Journal. After his retirement from Government, he returned to the
newspaper, where he worked until 1979.
Melchior began his career with the V.I. Government on December
1. 1927 with the Assistant Government Secretary's Office. From
August 1, 1954 to March 30, 1955. he served as payroll inspector
in the office of Wage Commissioner. In 1964, he was appointed
warehouse inspector in Property and Procurement.
Along with his government service, he assisted the V.I. Labor
Union. The union grew out of a strike against the West Indian
Company, Ltd. on December 26, 1950 and was led by former labor
leader and senator, Earle B. Ottley.
Melchior was one of several founders who held meetings to draw
up strike plans at Coolie's Place, located off Rothschild Francis
Square, out of which grew the union and its first contract. Melchior
served as union treasurer for about ten years and sat on many union
committees. He was also secretary and chaired the union's health
and welfare committee.
According to Ottley, "Melchior contributed to the labor move-
ment without being a beneficiary of It. He gave of his time and
effort. He did most of this during his spare time, since he had his
regular 8 to 5 job and a family to raise. I can't remember Melchior
ever missing any of the events or a meeting. He was always a guy
you could count on."
Ottley said Melchior's ties with the labor movement go as far
back as 1948 when the bakery and dock workers were organized.
Melchior remained with the union even after he retired in 1972 or
May he rest in peace!
Once a man and twice a child. I realized what that meant having
known you before and during your illness. From watching you freely
express your thoughts, to now struggling with a simple greeting. I felt
pain words could never describe.
Ithle, tranquility awaits you.
To My Granddaddy.
You and I have lost touch for some time. I have always con-
sidered you one of the people dear to my heart. Now you have left
and I am lonely. Wherever you are, I hope you are happy.
Rest in peace, Granddaddy!
Your loving granddaughter
"We do not know the eminence of death."
De Lois Melchior
Ariel Melchior. Sr.
32 Grandchildren, 17 Great.Grandchildren
Many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends
Ariel Mechuoe. Jr.
Ariel Melchior. Sr.
Earle B. Ottley