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PHIL LIP VIA LE T
Past Junior Warden and Past Secretary of Harmonic Lodge
Number 356, E.C., in the Register of the
United Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons
of England, the only English Lodge under the American Flag.
NOVEMBER 28, 1986
ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
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9:30 am 10:30 am
Creque's Funeral Home
All Saints Cathedral
The Very Reverend Thomas W. Gibbs III
and Father Anath Jackson, P.M., officiating
Bovoni Family Burial Ground
Remarks by Costas Coulianos
Eulogy by John Woods, P.M., O.G.R.
FREDERICK CLARENCE PHILLIP VIALET, SR.
May 26, 1903 November 22, 1986
Frederick Clarence Phillip Vialet, Sr., who was known as Fred Vialet to
all of us, was born on the 26th of May, 1903, to Octavia and Charles
Vialet in St. Thomas, Danish West Indies. He was preceded in death
by his sister, Cecile, and brother, David.
At the age of two and a half, his family immigrated to the United
States through Ellis Island. After finishing electrical trade school in
New York City, he enrolled in Columbia University and completed the
electrical engineering program.
Fred Vialet was the first black to obtain a Class A electrical engineering
license in the United States. After receiving his license, he worked in the
United States for various government agencies and private firms, one of
which was owned by the uncle of Attorney William Pallme.
In 1948, the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas Power Authority
made a search for an electrical engineer. At the time, this Board con-
sisted of Alton Adams, Sr., Chairman, Richard Spenceley, Sr., and Alger-
non Maduro. On the 24th of June, 1948, Governor William Hastie signed
his appointment as General Manager of the St. Thomas Power Authority.
In February of 1950, Governor Morris DeCastro sent him to the Pan-
ama Canal Zone to the Commanding General of the United States Armed
Forces in the Caribbean, where, as DeCastro's representative, he obtained
army surplus power plants for St. Thomas and St. Croix, thus expanding
the Island's power plant facilities. Vialet was instrumental in providing
the power cable link to St. John.
In 1951, Governor DeCastro signed another appointment naming him
as General Manager of the St. Thomas Power Authority, which also in-
cluded St. John, a position he held until 1955 when he accepted the post
of Manager of the Virgin Islands Telephone System.
In 1962, Mr. Vialet was made Director of Planning and remained a key
advisor of Governor Paiewonsky until 1965, when he left the administra-
tion to manage a watch industry.
In 1969, Governor Melvin Evans recruited Mr. Vialet as Director of
Highways in Public Works. He was later made Director of Special Projects
in that department, and before his retirement in 1974, had served in the
capacity of Acting Commissioner of Public Works at various times.
Fred Vialet, Sr. was a noted political activist in the New York State
area and was a forerunner in Civil Rights, before returning home. He
served on numerous Boards and Commissions, and held three private
organizations near and dear to him: The Navy League, Rotary Inter-
national, and the Harmonic Lodge, 356E.C.
Fred Vialet loved his family, his friends, and the Virgin Islands. He
was a good man who enjoyed helping other people.
May he rest in peace.
Sergio Palanque, Jr.
Frederick Vialet III
Lowell Murray III
Sergio Palanque III
David Vialet II
Rosemary E. Vialet
Winston Adams, W.M.
Herbert Lockhart III, M.M.
Leroy Marchena, P.M.
Gerald Raasch, P.M.
John Woods, P.M., O.G.R.
including families of the
Dorothy Vialet. .. Wife
Fred Vialet, Jr., P.M.. .. Son
Joan Lynch ... Stepdaughter
Ronald Smith... Stepson
Winston Adams, W.M.
Leonard Francis, Esq.
Winston Taylor, Esq.
David Vialet II
Daniel Ambrose, Esq., 33rd Degree / Luther Benjamin
Macon Berryman,P.M., O.G.R. / Eric Bonelli
Richard Bourne-Vanneck, Sr. / Hon. Alphonso Christian, Sr., Esq.
Paul Clark / Costas Coulianos / Dante DeCastro / Austin Donovan
Robert Grey, M.M. / John Harding, M.M. / Harvey Henne, M.M.
J. Raymond Jones / Herbert Lockhart, Jr. / Ariel Melchior, Jr., M.M.
Dante Mena / John Newton / Morris Nicholson / Dr. Eric O'Neal
Winston O'Neal, P.J.W. / John F. Smith / Donald Stanford
Flavel Vialet / Felix Vialet / Susthens Vialet / John Woods, P.M., O.G.R.
Phillip Augustine / Gary Berne / Degaulle Brin / Kelly Evans, Esq.
Laura Greg / Rhys Hodge, Esq., M.M. / Stedmann Hodge, Esq.
David Hoffenburg, Esq. / Brenda Hollar, Esq. / Frank Jackson, Esq.
Leroy Marchena, P.M. / Desmond Maynard, Esq., M.M. / Flavious Ottley
Charlotte Poole, Esq. / Gerald Raasch, P.M. / Renwick Scotland
The family of Frederick Vialet, Sr. would like to express its appreciation
to the following persons: Mrs. Jessie Clark, Mrs. LaVida Creque, Mrs.
Barbara Pryor deJongh, Mrs. Rebecca Donovan, Mr. Zephanich Fahie, Mr.
Paul Francis, Daisy Gilpin, Mr. Harvey Henne, M.M., Father Anath Jack-
son, P.M., Ms. June Lindqvist and members of the Harmonic Lodge.