Memorial Service Held For The Late Ali Tarabay


On Sunday 9 August, the Territory said farewell to the well-known businessman Ali Tarabay at a memorial service that was held at the Davis Funeral Home in Pasea.
Prior to the service Mr. Ali was laid to rest at the Sea Cows Bay Cemetery. The service was highlighted by many tributes and fond memories of Mr. Ali who was described as a model citizen who embraced the BVI, which he made his home in 1968.
During his life Mr. Ali was a prominent member of the BVI Islamic community and as such Imam of the BVI Islamic Society, Khaleel Cave spoke highly of him. He said: “Mr. Ali was a great human being, with a very pure heart… As far as Islam is concerned, one of the first notable signs of a great person is sincerity. If someone claims greatness, sincerity is one of the first things we should look for in that person, Mr Ali was a man of sincerity. Whatever he did in his life was done sincerely to please God almighty.”
Mr. Ali was born in Lebanon migrated to Brazil as a young man and spent 15 years there before coming to the Caribbean. After moving to the BVI in 1968 he started off by selling out of suitcases. His wife later joined him in the BVI in 1970, and the Tortola Department Store was opened in 1971.
Shortly after the announcement of the death of Mr. Tarabay, BVI Premier Dr. the Hon. D. Orlando Smith posted his reaction on Facebook: “This morning, the BVI community awoke to the very sad news of the passing of Mr Ali Tarabay, one of this Territory’s leading businessmen, and I dare say the Father of the Lebanese Community.” “Mr Ali contributed immeasurably to the development and rich culture of this Territory, and will be sorely missed. My heart and prayers go out to his widow, his immediate and extended family, as well as the entire Lebanese community,” Premier Smith said. Many other ministers and public figures paid similar tributes.
In addition to his wife Mr. Ali is survived by his sons Mohammed, Khalid and Ibrahim.
The publishers, management and staff of The Island Sun convey their deepest condolences to the bereaved.