A service honoring the life of the late Edwin Allan George also known as Speedy or Kiddo was held on 14 April at the Speedy’s headquarters on Virgin Gorda.
Captain Edwin Allan George was born on 17 September 1941 and died on 28 March 2018; and a number of residents from both the British and United States Virgin Islands turned out to bid farewell and reminisce on his life.
The farewell for the Captain commenced with a boat parade that featured ferries from both of the Virgin Islands. In Virgin Gorda the body of the late Mr. George was transported from the dock to the Speedy headquarters in a decorated truck and flanked by captains and sailors of the Territory. The vehicle was followed by a procession that included members of the clergy, family, friends and well-wishers.
Mr. George was described as a beloved Captain, leader, father, grandfather, brother and friend. Moreover it is said that he will be remembered as a great man, a pioneer, an innovator and a patriot.
He is best known for his business Speedy’s which he and Nidia George started in the 1960s. One of the great stories about the humble beginnings is the fact that the business was started with only one taxi cab. Since then it has grown to offer island tours, car rentals, deep sea fishing, boat charters and the of course the ferry service.
Speedy’s ferry is one of the main connector between Tortola and the sister island Virgin Gorda. The company began years ago with its first ferry, ‘Adventure’. Now newer, bigger ferries have joined the fleet ensuring a comfortable and reliable inter island scheduled service.
Over the years the ferry company has offered a weekly shopping trip to St. Thomas, acted as a ‘Water Ambulance’, and performed Coast Guard rescues.