ALFRED H. VICTORIA
September 23, 1900 March 3, 1982
John Thomas Funeral Home
March 11, 1982
11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
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A Page from The Sixtonian
By Geraldo Guirty
It is well established in the good book that man is appointed once to die.
After the end of his earthly existence, God's judgment follows. The GREAT
CREATOR'S ruling relates, Christians have been told, to the good life which
Satan's temptations in the mundane world, did not inflict damage beyond repair.
The demise of Alfredo H. Victoria, which has drawn the presence of every-
one here today, is another reminder of the enduring riddle which makes mortal
creatures wonder about the arrival to live plus the day and hour to leave as
destiny arranged the cyclic process. Alfredo's birth was September 23, 1900. He
died on March 3, 1982. His noble deeds assures him a place in the celestial
"Garden of Eden."
From boyhood through manhood into the senior years. "Polo" was the pet
name for the splendid brother. Someone of his school days pals coined the
buddy greeting from his middle title, Hypolite, which he seldom used. Many of
the older folks gave him the hail fellow regard.
The useful and eventful life of Alfredo Victoria, came it could be said, from
a gift of bubbling energy and passion to achieve laurels in his home town,
Charlotte Amalie (Amalya). His special talents were superbly demonstrated in
athletic competition. He was a rare combination of capability and class in
baseball, cricket, tennis, track, soccer and boxing.
Pound for pound, he stood up to the challenge in the fistic ring. The fans
crowded the old Apollo Theatre to see him win by the technical knockout, or on
points as the referee decided fairly. He was clever with his thrown punches and
quite nimble on his feet.
For baseball he was the utility player and effective right-hander for the
winning Stars Club of the local League. The national sport was acquired from
the Americans. Polo pitched against the U.S.S. Wyoming team, the best of the
His fast ball and tricky curves were not easy for the Puerto Ricans of San
Juan to hit. Admirers saw him run and kick in soccer against the Danes, the
Russians, the Germans and the English of their warships.
On the grassy track of the "field" (Lionel Roberts Stadium), Polo did not
disappoint the spectators of natives, the marines and the Gendarme Barracks
(V.I. Legislature), and the sailors of the U.S. Navy. Polo learned tennis by
studying the game manual, and by watching the naval officers play on the clay
court, on which the Queen Louise home presently stands. After the officers left,
he practiced with a friend.
Alfredo's cultural contribution shines in his 51 years of active membership
with the Community Band. He started off with its founder, Camile Estornel. His
instrument was the clarinet. Alfredo played with Adams Juvenile Band before
the musicians enlisted with Uncle Sam.
For 16 years he sailed the seven seas, seeing various countries. He was a .(
certified seaman of the'National Maritime Union of America. By his employ-
ment with the Department of Public Works, he served his community with
honesty and a high sense of responsibility.
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS OF THE UNITED STATES
OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, ST. THoxAs, V. I. 00801
Hway A. Mi.LLi March 8, 1982
Mrs. Marie Victoria
St. Thomas, V.I. 00801
Dear Mrs. Victoria:
I was very saddened to learn of the passing of
my good friend, Alfred "Polo" Victoria. I wish
to convey to you and your family my profound con-
Your husband will be fondly remembered for his
participation in many athletic contests and the
assistance and guidance he offered to many young
Virgin Islanders hoping to establish careers in the
field of athletic competition.
Sportsmanship and fair play were always of
primary consideration to him. In his later years,
I always enjoyed hearing him express his views on
matters of community interest and on ways to work
together to make these islands better in the tradi-
tional team spirit he was so accustomed to.
It is my hope that God will strengthen and
comfort you in your time of loss and in the days
Lieuc nant Governor
Who can forget the wisdom and strong memory of the distinguished St.
Thomian nightly on the Senior Citizens talk show of Samuel B. King. Although
being mindful of God Almighty, and his control of the UNIVERSE, Polo was an
intellectual with an inquisitive view of life. The man was well read. He ques-
tioned the gross contradictions of the man-made world.
Five sons and five daughters came from Polo's marriage with Marie Dolores
Backer Victoria. Ms. Almeda Victoria Washington, served the New York Stock
Market as the first female reporter. Her sister, Elean Victoria Harrigan also,
worked for the trading center. Selma Victoria is a professional contralto. Marilyn
Victoria is the administrator of medical files for the Brooklyn hospital; and Ms.
Eleanor Victoria Boyd is a school teacher for New York City's Board of Edu-
Four sons are soldiers in the U.S. Army. Earl Victoria is a recreation super-
visor in the public parks complex of New York State. Lealdo Victoria has been
with the West Indian Company for over 25 years. Alfred Ashley Victoria is a
district manager for United Parcel Service. Egedio Victoria is a computer
specialist for the Texaco Corporation; and Leslie Victoria serves Knud-Hansen
Memorial Hospital in the maintenance division.
The rest of the extended family are nephews, nieces, grand children and
Eternal peace for Alfredo Victoria, the unique athletic star of St. Thomas.
ST. THOMAS COMMUNITY BAND
St. Thomas,Virgin Islands
March 10, 1982
St. Thomas, Virgin Islands
Dear Mrs. Victoria:
It is with deep sorrow that we have received the sad
news of your loss. We, in some measure share your loss for your
husband was a founding member of the St. Thomas Community Band.
The officers and members of the St. Thomas Community Band
extend to you their deepest sympathy in your bereavement.