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August 21, 1912 January 31, 1998
Rufus W. Vanderpool was born on the island of Anegada in the Virgin
Islands on August 21, 1912 to John Elias Vanterpool and Ophelia White
Vanterpool. He came to St. Thomas as a youngster and attended Washing-
ton Elementary School and the local secondary school before moving to
New York in the 1920s. He furthered his education there and seized
varied employment opportunities over the years into the 1960s.
From 1942 to 1946 he served in the army as an Administrative NCO
and First Sergeant in a Quartermaster Company, attending many military
schools during those years. His awards include the Army Good Conduct
Medal, the World War II Victory Ribbon and the American Theater
His friend Geraldo Guirty characterizes Rufus' stateside years as ones
full of adventure and enjoyment. He completed his education by attending
the New School of Social Research and St. John's University in New York
with majors in Journdlism and Public Administration. He was an active
participant in New York City in the struggle for Civil Rights among the
Harlemites and compatriots. He was also an active member of the New
York based Virgin Islands Association, interacting with luminaries such
as Governor Archie A. Alexander, V.1. musician Hugo Bornn and Austin
Hansen who documented Harlem's movers and shakers, the lives of
Virgin Islanders, and the every day life of African Americans.
During the 50s, the famous Holiday Hour, a yearly Christmas broad-
cast was transmitted from the 126th Street Lutheran Church near Lenox
Avenue. This was eagerly anticipated by Virgin Islanders in the city who
conveyed to their homeland their varied activities and accomplishments
in commentary, song, recitals and revelry according to Mr. Guirty.
Rufus returned permanently to St. Thomas in 1965, sent by Washing-
ton based on his outstanding work in New York, to setup the Federal
Unemployment Service in the V.1. Department of Labor. He served as its
"Assistant Director," which was then the highest title. He was highly
respected by Division employees throughout his tenure until his retire-
ment on August 19, 1977.
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He never failed to respond to an opportunity to render service where
the good of the community was concerned. Rufus was one of the organiz-
ers of the Downstreet People Inc., a founder of the Church History Society
Inc., Secretary-Treasurer of the V.1. Horse Racing Commission and an
extremely active member of the Cultural Heritage Institute and its note-
worthy Smithsonian events as well as a concerned worker with the Ameri-
can Association for Retired Persons. He was also an associate member of
the Fresh Water Yankees of New York.
Rufus Vanderpool will be remembered in the annals of Virgin Islands
history as a man for all seasons. His innumerable contributions to Virgin
Islands history and culture will be indelibly etched into the fabric and
fiber of each and every one of us for time immemorial. His wealth of
knowledge was tempered by humility which set him apart as a fine, caring
and well respected gentleman whose philanthropic deeds were quietly
done without quest for attention and fame.
His marriage in 1956 to Olga Miller Reovan and their 42 years spent
together in New York City and St. Thomas were enriched by their many
relatives and friends who were drawn to Rufus' effervescent personality
and his abiding civic interests. We may all gather strength from his long
life spent in enhancing a sense of community in his beloved Virgin Islands
and from the exemplary life that he lived, selflessly giving of himself to his
May he rest in peace comfortably reunited with his parents, sisters
Gladys, Gracita and Valentine, brothers John and Glenivan and numerous
relatives and friends.
Rest assured, Rufus, that your work on earth was well done. Now reap
the eternal rewards you so richly deserve.
Thanks to all who came and provided in many thoughtful ways
to the family, who will retire quietly after the church service.
Contributions can be made to the St. Thomas Church History Society
or the Downstreet People, Inc., P.O. Box 302089,
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00803
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Olga R. Vanderpool
Leslie A. Reovan
Lillian A. Reovan
Alexia D. Esannason
Louis Wolding Blackman, Lodrick Blackman
Esterlyn Henrietta Malik, Rhonda Harris
Dr. Linda White Benjamin
twenty-one nieces and nephews,
cousins, godchildren and close friends
Luther Donadelle, Myron Jackson, Lodrick Blackman,
Leslie A. Reovan, Edwin E. Hatchette, Edmund Penn
Austin Donovan, Oraldo Wilson, Geraldo Guirty, Albert Sprauve, Mario
Watlington, Rufus Graham, Joseph Potter
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Order of Service
HYMN ..................................... Be Still My Soul
EULOGY ........................... Dr. Linda White Benjamin
THE DOWNSTREET HYMN ........ sung by The Downstreet People
written by Rufus W. Vanterpool
THE WORD OF GOD
Romans 8:31-39 .......................... Alexia Esannasen
Revelations 7:9-17 .................... -Dr. Lawrence Benjamin
Revelations 21:1-7 ......................... Lodrick Blackman
St. John 14:1-6,27
HYMN ..................................... Amazing Grace
HYMN ................................... How Great Thou Art
THE LORD'S PRAYER
HYMN ........ ....................Battle Hymn of the Republic
Thie Community Pays Jribute
to Rufus VandcerpooC
Barbara and I were truly saddened to learn of the death of Mr. Rufus
Vanderpool. He was a fine gentleman and a well-respected Virgin Is-
lander. This community has lost a special person.
My recollection of Mr. Vanderpool is that of a dedicated citizen of these
islands. Even throughout the years that he resided in New York, his heart
remained in the Virgin Islands. And, upon returning to the Territory, he
became involved in several community activities and nonprofit organiza-
tions including the Cultural Heritage Institute, the V.I. Church History
Society, the American Association of Retired Persons and the Downstreet
Last year, the Virgin Islands celebrated its 80th anniversary of its
transfer from the jurisdiction of the Danish government to the United
States. Mr. Vanderpool played an important role at our annual celebration
as the keynote speaker. Even though he was only four years old at the time
of the transfer, he was able to offer his fellow Virgin Islanders a perspec-
tive of how our beloved Territory has changed over the past eight decades.
He had a keen love for history and it was a pleasure to discuss our heritage
and culture with Mr. Vanderpool. I will miss him.
On behalf of the people of the Virgin Islands, Mrs. Schneider joins me
in extending condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Rufus Vanderpool.
I call upon my fellow Virgin Islanders to keep his memory alive by
continuing his work. May God bless his soul.
Roy L. Schneider, M.D.
I was deeply saddened and shocked to learn of the sudden passing of
one of the Virgin Islands' greatest treasures, Mr. Rufus Vanderpool. It was
just about two weeks ago that my office was graced with a visit from him,
a pleasure that we always looked forward to. Words seem so inadequate
in expressing the sense of loss that we and thousands of others in this
community will experience without the presence of this learned historian,
devoted Virgin Islander, and great giant in the preservation of our culture.
When the history of the Virgin Islands is written in the future, Mr.
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Vanderpool will be recorded as one of those rare individuals whose life
was lived in a manner that made us all proud to know him. He had a
special warmth and a commitment to the development of the people of
the Virgin Islands that we would all do well to emulate, and the void that
he has left cannot be easily filled.
On behalf of the members of the 22nd Legislature and my family, I
express my condolences to his family. May they find some comfort in
knowing that the contributions which he made will be cherished always
and that the flame which he lit will never die. We all now live in a better
place because Mr. Rufus Vanderpool lived here. May this good and faith-
ful servant of God find eternal rest and peace.
Senator Lorraine L. Berry, President, 22nd Legislature
It is with great sadness that I write to express condolences to you and
your entire family on the death of your beloved husband, Rufus Vanderpool.
There is no doubt that the tragic accident that took his life, reverberated
like a shock throughout this entire community.
Mr. Vanderpool was a true humanitarian and his motivation was for
the upliftment of the citizenry. The elders from the Downstreet commu-
nity in particular relate fond memories of Mr. Vanderpool who even as a
youngster living on Factory Street, organized his peers in cultural activi-
ties for the upliftment of the neighborhood. His love for his community
continued to manifest itself during his adulthood in New York and in the
years after he returned home to his people. His passing has left a legacy
from which we all can learn and emulate, and we thank God for his
The Holy Scripture gives us assurance and reminds us of God's promise
to be with us in times of adversity. At this time of your personal loss, I
pray that you will find comfort and assurance from his faith in God.
Senator at Large Almando "Rocky" Liburd
To the Family of Rufus Vanderpool ... I am deeply saddened at the
untimely passing of your beloved husband and father, Mr. Rufus
Vanderpool. I extend my deepest sympathy to you at this time of extreme
sadness and grief. It is difficult to express the profound sense of loss that
I feel because Mr. Vanderpool was not only my good friend and advisor,
but an outstanding Virgin Islander.
Mr. Vanderpool was one of our great oral historians whose wealth of
knowledge was felt through many fibers of our community as he provided
valuable information based on his vast reservoir of collections. He in-
spired people of all ages as he recited and wrote of events and people that
were important and critical to our Virgin Islands culture and history.
We will miss him dearly. We will miss his energy. We will miss his wit
and his vision. His life was dedicated to his beloved Virgin Islands and his
years of humble service have left an impressionable mark on our lives.
Today as he meets his Savior, rest assured that he shall be embraced with
the phrase "Well done my good and faithful servant, well done."
May God provide you with the necessary strength during your period of
Senator Judy M. Gomez
I was deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the sudden passing of
Mr. Rufus W. Vanderpool. The Virgin Islands has lost a most useful and
Mr. Vanderpool spent a lifetime serving these islands faithfully and
well whether he was abroad or at home. His leaving has left a very deep
void in the realm of knowledge and understanding of our cultural heri-
tage. Few of our elders could remember Virgin Islands past with a combi-
nation of such accuracy, wit and color. His knowledge of local church
history, especially that of the Methodists, and of our neighborhoods,
particularly Downstreet, was unsurpassed.
In addition to and above all this, Mr. Vanderpool was the kind of warm,
caring, God-fearing human being that enriches any community. On behalf
of the Virgin Islands Board of Education, I express deepest condolences to
Mrs. Vanderpool and other family members, friends and colleagues of
Rufus W. Vanderpool. May his soul rest in peace.
Charles W. Turnbull, Ph. D.,
Chairman, V.I. Board of Education
It is with great sadness that I write this final tribute to our friend and
chairman of the Church History Society, Rufus Vanderpool Rufus had a
great vision -- the vision that all Virgin Islanders should know the history
of our great religious institutions and the part they played in sharing the
spiritual and social values of our people. For 12 years we worked with
Rufus trying to realize his dream. At the bottom of our last Award
Luncheon Program on December 13, 1997, Rufus selected this quotation:
"Without a foundation, even castles are little more than piles of stones;
stability and structure come before elegance and beauty." This quotation
aptly described the credo Rufus lived by, as solid as a man could be and
with his priorities in order. We will miss you Rufus, and we promise that
we will carry on the work you so auspiciously began.
Auston O. Donovan, for himself and the Church History Society
October of this year will mark eleven years since four persons met at
Hill Top Guest House and voted to form an organization to keep the
memory of their beloved neighborhood and its residents alive. Rufus W.
Vanderpool was one of those strongly committed persons whom we
gather together today to bid our final farewell.
It is with saddened hearts that we, the members of Downstreet People,
Inc., offer our condolences on the loss of our member, Rufus W.
Vanderpool. Words cannot express the sadness and shock we feel at his
untimely passing. "Mr V," as he was affectionately called, was our friend,
our pillar, our public relations person, our historian, and the all around
"runner" for the organization. He was always eager to accept assignments
and went the extra mile to ensure the success of our programs and
Former Downstreet neighborhoods such as Buck Hole and Ross Yard;
and people like Mr. Barney and Miss Romelia provided reminiscent con-
versation at times when "Mr. V" told stories or reminded us of past
landmarks. Few people have such a knack for remembering events and
facts as detailed as he did. Quite recently he reminded us that the
organization's founders are well past their sixtieth year and many have
left us for their heavenly home, but the pleasant task of doing things for
our beloved Downstreet remains. As he said, "We lit the candle; it is left
to coming generations of Downstreeters to keep it burning." The love and
fond memories of his "old neighborhood" are expressed in the words of
our Downstreet People hymn which he wrote to remind us:
Of happy times when we with Joy and laughter
Played in her hills, her yards and moonlit bays.
We loved "Mr. V," enjoyed his presence and will surely miss his
activeness with the organization.
On behalf of the Downstreet People family and my family, I pray that
Ms. Olga and her family will find refuge, comfort, and strength to sustain
their void through the words of our Lord Jesus in Matt 5:4 ... "Blessed are
they that mourn for they Shall be comforted. Sweet rest "Mr. V." the Lord
Luna James-Potter, President Downstreet People, Inc.
To Mrs. V and Family ... Mr. Rufus Vanderpool, affectionately called
Mr. V by many of us, was one of the founding members of the Downstreet
People organization. He was also known as the roadrunner, as he was often seen
on the move with his daily itinerary, at times, most of it Downstreet People
business. Mr. V. was very dedicated and took his responsibilities seri-
During the infancy days of the organization, we held three-way tele-
phone conversations with former President, Oraldo Wilson discussing
new ideas to improve its image and ways to provide more community
service. Mr. V was a planner and an organizer.
Rufus Vanderpool was a heavy link in this organization and in our
community. He knew the history ofDownstreet and its people, as he often
related. He was an historian with lots of knowledge about the Virgin
Islands and its people. He served his community and other affiliates well.
We are all saddened to learn of his passing. However, we must remem-
ber, our loss is heaven's gain. I will always remember our last conversa-
tion (long distance) on Thursday, January 29th. May his soul rest in
peace. Our deepest sympathy is extended to his family.
From, Donald A. George & family,
Founding member, Downstreet People, Inc.
The officers and members of WE FROM UPSTREET wish to express
heartfelt condolences to the family of Rufus Vanderpool and to the mem-
bers of the DOWNSTREET PEOPLE organization, which he was so in-
strumental in promoting.
Mr. Vanderpool was a Virgin Islander in whom all the people of the
Virgin Islands could take pride and whose works served to bring us all
together, regardless of our local neighborhood origins or origins else-
where. His evident love of people, his warmth, his wit, his great store of
historical and cultural knowledge, and his willingness to work for the
many causes he held dear were traits that have greatly enriched our
community and which have left a legacy and example for all persons and
organizations in our islands to follow.
May God grant Mr. Vanderpool the eternal rewards of a well-lived life,
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and may those of us who remain behind prove equal to the continuation
of the many goals and tasks in which he was so nobly and ably engaged.
We From Upstreet
Rufus Vanderpool was a friend, jovial and cooperative man who was
always willing to share his knowledge. One of our culture-bearers, he was
well-versed in our Virgin Islands history, customs, mores and traditions.
This son of the Virgin Islands will be sorely missed. The members of the
Committee to Revive our Culture (C-ROC) extend their sincere sympathy
to his wife and family. We pray that God will grant them strength and
fortitude during their bereavement.
Dorothy Elskoe, President,
The Committee to Revive Our Culture
We, the members of the V.I. Horse Racing Commission, who served
during and after Mr. Vanderpool's tenure as Secretary-Treasurer, remem-
ber him as a very friendly, committed, hard working, and caring person.
He served the Commission with dedication and honesty, being ever mind-
ful of his responsibility to his community. His love for the Horse Racing
sport never wavered, for he always attended meetings, made sure that the
members attended, and, whenever he voted on issues, he always consid-
ered the best interest of horse race owners, the fans, and the community.
Members respected Mr. Vanderpool not only for his vast knowledge of his
heritage and culture, truth, and honesty, but, for the love of the Horse
Racing Sport in the Virgin Islands. This community has lost a true and
humble servant. We know that there will be many stars in your Crown!
Farewell dear friend. May God bless your soul.
Members, The Virgin Islands Horse Racing Commission,
(Especially, Lionel (Boysie) Roberts, who you nicknamed Robbie,
Kenneth Hermon, Garry Sprauve, and Robert O'Connor,
Olric Benjamin) Mr. Gilbert Commissiong, Chairman
Rufus Vanderpool was a "Downstreetor" and a very close friend. Rufus
was quick to reminisce about his Downstreet days, from Factory Street,
Ross Yard, Pa Benji Bay, Buck Hole and to Sonny Sealey's Yard which
today is Vitelco. Because of his Civic and Cultural involvement his loss
will be felt by our Island. We join with others in extending heartfelt
sympathy to his wife Olga and relatives. There are so many things on
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earth we simply can't explain, why one of us is taken while the rest of us
remain. But till the day we see the Lord and he makes all things clear, we
must find comfort knowing that his love is ever near. May God's loving
presence comfort you as you call upon him in this time of sadness. "I will
not leave you comfortless: I will come to you."8 John 14:18.
Godbrother Oraldo Wilson & Family
Dear Mrs. Vanderpool It is with a deep sense of loss that I say
farewell to my warm, sensitive and jovial friend and advisor. I can still
hear your laughter as I said to you, "Mrs. V., may I speak to my encyclope-
dia. I cannot be with you physically, but my heart and mind are with you,
Leslie, Lillian and the rest of the family. May God bless you!
Carmen Acosta Benjamin
In every generation there are souls who have returned to remind us of
the past. Mr. Vanderpool was one of these returning souls. He amazed us
with his photographic memory and his capacity to recall the stories and
historic accounts of his time and of those before him. His great sense of
humor brought laughter and tears to our eyes.
Mr. Vanderpool's contributions and commitment to the documenta-
tion and preservation of Virgin Islands history and culture will certainly
leave a void. Through his contact and collaborations with Virgin Islanders
like J. Antonio Jarvis, Ashley Totten, Hugo Bornn, and countless others,
he made a significant contribution to the cultural and political develop-
ment of these islands. His collaboration with Hugo Bornn produced the
first Virgin Islands opera and one of the first attempts to document the
folk songs of the Virgin Islands.
His years in New York City, and his work with the Virgin Islands
Association provided a vehicle for Virgin Islanders at home and abroad to
stay in contact with each other. He was one of the first Virgin Islanders in
the field of journalism and he wrote articles and papers about the Virgin
Islands and its people. When he returned home, he stayed in contact with
Virgin Islanders and others in the United States and other parts of the
world. One of his closest friends was Austin Hansen, the first black
photographer in the U.S. Navy, and who also dedicated his life document-
ing the lives of Virgin Islanders and African-Americans.
He was our Griot and storyteller. He exemplified all that was best of
the Virgin Islands. His life was one dedicated to family, community, and
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the advancement of the race.
He now takes his place among the stars, and will be forever one of our
Myron D. Jackson
Mrs. Olga ... With great respect to you and Mr. Rufus Vanderpool.
Rufus was my mom's classmate from elementary school days. They have
remained friends to death. People like this family should be cherished.
Sorry he had to go and leave us with that biblical and history encyclopedia
on to his next height. Rest in peace, oh beautiful servant.
Cleone Beverhoudt and Hyacinth and James families
Unfinished Business Rufus, your ears were attuned to a patriotic
clarion call where many of your compatriots heart nothing but silence.
(Ay! Hear the beat of the bamboula drums.) You gave of yourself for
unending community activities during your sojourn in the United States
and here at home. (Ay! Hear the beat of the bamboula drums.) You
designed the ceremonial sash of office worn by governors of your beloved
islands; together we formed citizens' committees for the establishment of
a flag and anthem truly representative of your precious homeland. (Ay!
Hear the beat of the bamboula drums.) For you Rufus, the people's
business was never done. (Ay! Hear the beat of the bamboula drums.)
May you rest in peace!
Edwin E. Hatchette
The Jfamily says FarewelT
Dearest Rufus... You were good to us all. Someone else may not have
been as wonderful to my son Leslie and daughter Lillian as you were. You
were a fine husband to me and a caring stepdad to my children. You and
granddaughter Alexia had a very special relationship, too. We will always
cherish and love you.
Your loving wife, Olga
Dear Cousin Rufus Thank you for always being there for your
family, young and old. We will continue to cherish memories of many
wonderful times spent with you and your dear wife Olga. Your first cousin
Rhudel, his wife Louise and daughter Linnette are basking in the glow of
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your company now and rejoicing gloriously with you. We'll always re-
member your attachment to our grandson, "Your boy Seanie." Love to you
always from our sons Lawrence Jr. and Sean and our nephews Trevor and
Darren. Your White-Benjamin-Gray cousins will miss you very much.
Rest in eternal peace.
Linda and Larry
It was always a job for me to be in the company of my cousin Rufus. I
recall my boyhood visits to the family apartment at 130th Street and
Madison Avenue, New York City; sharing meals with his father, brother
John, his brother Glenivan, sisters Gladys and Gracita and listening to the
insightful commentaries of Rufus regarding the social and political life in
New York and the Caribbean. Rufus managed to always find some humor
in every topic.
He was largely responsible for my decision in the 1960's to relocate to
St. Thomas. The responsibilities of marriage, parenthood and careers had
separated us, and a visit with him and Olga in St. Thomas underscored
how much I had missed him. He resumed his role as my surrogate big
brother, mentor and advisor, keeping me abreast of developments in the
Virgin Islands and convincing me that I had the ability to make some
contribution here. I have never regretted my decision and, together with
my late wife Beulah, have spent many happy and productive years here.
To be in Rufus' company was like encountering a strong energy force.
He held one mesmerized as he spoke of Virgin Islands history and person-
alities while fielding dozens of telephone calls (never short) and always
supplying laughter to the visit. After our visits, my wife Beulah would
invariably comment, admiringly, "your cousin Rufus is something else!"
He certainly was. I celebrate his life on this earth, and will always be in
his debt for the precious moments he spent with me. He will be missed.
Cousin Rufus ... As a child I had heard of you, but we never met until
you returned home in the 1960s. However, after becoming acquainted
with you, I, as everyone else who was privileged to know you, was
fascinated by your charm, your lovely relationship with so many people,
your philosophical and jovial wit, and the depth and breadth of your
knowledge of our islands' history and culture.
My branch of our family deeply regrets that, in spite of our common
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love of history, you and I never sat down, as we kept promising, in order to
get from you a detailed account of the maternal side of my father's family,
by which we were related. Now, we are not sure if there is anyone left
from whom that knowledge may be obtained to pass on to your younger
How good it makes us feel, however, to realize that you have left a
community that is truly grateful for the many areas of knowledge that you
so willingly shared; for the many civic and educational organizations that
you founded, led, or contributed to; for the ideals of community-
spiritedness, neighborliness, brotherhood, and family love that you exem-
plified; and simply for your having been the caring, concerned, urbane,
worldly-wise yet down-to-earth gentleman that you were.
May God's love and peace be yours for all eternity.
Beloved Uncle Rufus ... To have known you was like having known
and earthly angel. Your wisdom, guidance, faith, generosity, concern,
support, and most of all love will be deeply and truly missed. I will always
cherish and treasure your beautiful memory.
With all my heart and love, your niece,
Esterlyn Malik (Los Angeles, California)
Dearest Uncle Rufus ... Our prayers say what our words cannot ....
Lodrick &Jeanette Blackmon & family, (Van Nuys, California)
In Memory of our Great-Uncle Rufus Though you are no longer
here, your love will always be carried within our hearts.
Derrick and Steecy Goulgh, (Los Angeles, California)
To My Beloved Uncle Rufus... I love you and you will be missed.
Your niece Rhonda Harris and Husband Cleveland Harris,
(Los Angeles, California)
To My Great Uncle Rufus.. We love you and miss you.
Your great-nephew and family, George, Lynn,
Anthony, Jenny, Keeana and Nia McAllister (Terrance, California)
To My Much Loved Brother-In-Law Rufus ... You are already missed.
Love, your brother-in-law Louis blackmon
and Minola Bomaar, (Los Angeles California)
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To My Great-Uncle Rufus ... Love you, miss you.
Your great-niece and family,
Marcia Wheller, Donnell, Jay, Jamal, Judeci (Houston, Texas)
As an eight year old child visiting in New York City, I lifted my head to
see the faces of the two tallest men I had ever seen; Grand Pa PaJohn, and
Uncle Rufus Vanderpool. Years later, as a middle-aged man, I find myself
lifting my head even higher, to see the face of my dear Uncle Rufus
Your loving nephew, Louis Wilding Blackmon,
wife Sharen Blackmon, (Pomona, California)
To a respected cousin ... You were a pillar of strength and information
regarding the history of our family. Thanks so much for your caring ways
over the years when we interacted in New York and during my visits to St.
Thomas. You were dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
Elaine White Sims, Newport Richey, Florida
To our dearest Godfather and friend ... We were so saddened to learn
of your passing. Though death has removed from our midst our beloved
godfather and friend Rufus, his friendly, warm and kindly spirit and
influence will abide with us, his example will be with us for many years.
We pray the Almighty God may grant him eternal rest.
your Godchild Rashida, Raynard, Raymond and Winnie Francis
It is said a great man's deeds are only realized in full after he has
passed. To somebody who was close to him, I knew of his accomplish-
ments publicly, as well as accomplishments that never received public
notice. Rufus Vanderpool was my godfather. His positive attitude and
striving to make his home a better place became an attitude he showed to
me in the form of love and support during times of personal need and self
doubt. He never asked me to imitate him; only feel the inspiration he felt
for my future. The future for all.
My godfather will go down in V.I. legend as an historian. I think maybe
we could say an historian with an eye on the future as well as the past.
Because of him and his guidance, I can see my future, because of his clear
knowledge of the past I can be proud.
On behalf of my family and myself, God bless Rufus Vanderpool and
the memories he bestowed upon us.
Your loving godchild, Richard Smith
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A cFribute to Mr. VandcerpooC
In 1992 you created this prayer on our behalf and not only was it used at the
Introductory Ceremony of the Virgin Islands Cultural Heritage Institute at
Government House but it has served as our inspiration through the years.
Now we offer it in your name and pray that the "Guiding Light" you then
invoked may be there to welcome you to your eternal home.
INVOCATION... R.W. Vanderpool
Dear God .. We believe that you are ever present
in all the affairs of all our people ...
Be the guiding light and unseen advisor to this
"Board of Governors" of the VI Cultural Heritage Institute
As they fervently seek means and methods to reach back
into the rich culture of these our beloved Virgin Islands ...
And develop programs to hold it aloft
for the enrichment of this generation and those to come after ...
For what they seek to preserve is good;
What they seek to preserve came from the hearts and hands
of our people; in another day ... at another time ... not in place;
but there in our beautiful and beloved Virgin Islands.
Keep them faithful and steadfast in this mission;
even in their moments of despair.
May those beautiful VI cultural things they preserve
inspire and uplift our people;
and above all may they be pleasing in Your sight.
Amen and Amen.
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