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fribag, eftbruarW 20, 1981
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"Give to the world the best you have and the best will be returned to you,"
were the watchwords of Aubrey C. Ottley. In the case of watchwords, they may be
clever sayings that occupy a prominent place in one's office or home but find little
meaning in the person's lifestyle; or, in the case of Aubrey C. Ottley, civil servant,
artist, photographer, Scout Leader, father, and civic leader, this watchword has
been the true measure by which he has given of his talents.
Aubrey's beginnings in the Saven area of St. Thomas were fairly ordinary for
that area, with the exception that his father died when he was still young and that
he was one of the few afforded an opportunity to pursue a high school education.
He finished the eighth grade at Catholic School, the high school did not exist at
that time, and proceeded on to Charlotte Amalie High School when it was still
located on Commandant Gade. Before he graduated, the school had moved to the
location of the Barrack's Yard (Legislature Building).
As a member of the Class of '36, only 37 students in all, he took the available
courses in art and art appreciation. As he had said, "those were glorious years, the
teachers gave us a good basic education that prepared us for almost anything. Those
who were fortunate enough to go to the states for college from C.A.H.S. always
made the dean's list."
After High school, Aubrey worked at various jobs, mostly in his new field of
carpentry, for VIRCO on St. Croix and contractor Weymouth Rhymer, and the
"Tick Eradication Program. As WWII began, he was hired by the Post Office to
handle the fingerprinting of all the aliens living in the Virgin Islands. Later he was
made a postal clerk and his postal career began. In 1945, it was into the military
service, but it was only for one year or so In Puerto Rico. Then it was back to the
Post Office. In 1961, he was made Postmaster for the Virgin Islands area. The Post
Office facility in Sugar Estate, which had been one of Ottley's main concerns, was
completed five years ago. After a certain amount of official bickering, the final
design of the building was a compromise of a sketch made by him and his son,
As a civic leader, Aubrey was a long and sustaining worker in the Boy Scout
movement on St. Thomas. He was a member of the troop committee of Sts. Peter
and Paul from 1945 1955. When the District Council was formed in 1955, he
was an original member. He served as Council Commissioner from 1961 1975 at
which time he became National Representative to the National Council.
Aubrey has worked in all media but preferred oil. He got his first break in the
field of art in 1939, when he sold his first painting to IBM and was awarded their
Bronze Medal for "Notable Contribution to the Art of the World." The Container
Corporation of America purchased one of his works and it was published in many
of the major magazines in 1940. When Harry Truman visited here as President,
the American Legion of the Virgin Islands presented him with one of Ottley's
Virgin Island Scenes. Four of his masterpieces are currently hanging in Congressman
Ron deLugo's office in Washington, D.C.
The biggest job he has done as an artist, and the most difficult, was the restora-
tion of certain murals on the walls of Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral, which he
completed in 1968. His favorite work was completed in 1974, when he took a
month off from his Job to complete two portraits of his mother, Ulbaldina. He
painted her from a photograph of her as a young woman and one contemporary.
The next year she died.
Aubrey was also an accomplished photographer, with a collection of ten
thousand slides. On his trip to Europe in 1975, he took 600 slides. Generally the
photography was used to aid him in his paintings.
Aubrey and Iris lived most of their thirty-nine years of married life at Borger
Gade. All told, there are seventeen Ottley children. I lack the space to name them,
although one is a former Lieutenant Governor. Also, there are three medical tech-
nologists, an architect, a marshall, plus mechanics, teachers, a programmer, a radio
technician, clerks and students at home.
He retired on December 12, 1980. He was recently honored by U.S. Postal
Service Caribbean District of San Juan for his outstanding and dedicated service to
the U.S. Postal Services for an honorable career of 39 years, and was presented a
His final endeavor was recording an oral history of his life; the island; the
politics; and his hopes for the future.
He had been Chairman of the Board of the Magen's Bay Authority since its
beginning. As a member of the Federal Business Association for many years, he
served as President from 1973 1974. He was asked to serve on the Board of
Directors for the Virgin Islands Council on Alcoholism. Over the years there have
been several other civic interest organizations that Aubrey had been involved in.
Ottley's major avocation since boyhood had been art. As he put it, "I've
always been able to draw, but I never had a chance for formal training." However,
with a lot of self-discipline and a lot of books on the subject, and a couple of
extensive trips to stateside galleries and museums, he became a talented artist.
Iris Ottley .................................... Wife
Velma J. Ottley
Sonia O. Waters
Joyce O. Blyden
Clarice O. Horsford
Magalie V. Ottley
Janine O. Jones
Margaret H. Ottley
Lenore F. Ottley
Alda C. Ottley
Aubrey C. Ottley, Jr.
Athniel C. Ottley
Flavius A. Ottley
Ira J. Ottley
Bernard V. Ottley
Andre R. Ottley
Peter E. Ottley
Paul E. Ottley
Grace Wilson ..................... ............ Sister
Agatha Callwood ................................. Aunt
Basil C. Ottley
Earl B. Ottley
Also survived by numerous other relatives including:
Albert Bryan Sr.
Joseph G. Wilson
Estelle L. Parrott
Vandell A. Zephir
Evonne S; Ottley
Denise H. Ottley
Magda C. Bonelli
Leano V. Zephir
Mary B. Ottley
Betty R. Ottley
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Entrance Hymn .................
First Reading Wisdom 3:19.......
Responsorial Psalm 27 (2).........
Second Reading 2 Cor. 5:1, 6-10....
..... Amazing Grace
. Mr. Elliott Thomas
........... Page 43
Mrs. Sonia O. Waters
Offertory Hymn ........ Mother At Thy Feet Is Kneeling
The Communion Hymn......... I Am The Bread Of Life
Meditation Hymn ........ Ava Maria by Miss Faye Moon
Eulogy........................ Mr. Arturo Watlington
Recessional Hymn............. I Am The Resurrection
ORDER OF SERVICE
LINE OF MARCH
1. Honor Guard (20 yr. Veterans)
2. Community Band
3. Firing Squad (National Guard)
4. American Legion
5. Postal Service
6. Boy Scouts
7. Catholic Priests
8. Funeral Hearse
9. Family (Walking)
10. Family (Cars)
I Athniel Otti
Ariel Melchoir, Sr.
Henry V. Richards
Syvester McDonald, M.D.
Lt. Gov. Henry Millin
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