News of the death of Holland Redfield, six-time senator from the United States Virgin Islands and longtime voice of Wave VI, brought words of sadness and memories of his service to the Territory.
Redfield died on Saturday at the age of 78.
Governor Albert Bryan Jr. called Redfield a “dear friend, mentor and pillar of the community” in a statement released by Government House.
“Her heartwarming words through countless storms and downturns always gave us the information we needed to get through the day and the wisdom to get through the years,” said Bryan. “Yolanda and I extend our sincere condolences to her family, especially her daughter Amanda and her grandchildren. He was a true Virgin Islander and will be sadly missed by our entire community. “
A licensed professional pilot, Holland Redfield moved to St. Croix in 1969. He became involved in Virgin Island politics through Governor Cyril E. King, where he worked as a campaign assistant, before being appointed to the Public Services Board by King. Redfield ran several times before being elected in 1984 as a Republican in the Sixth Legislature.
After serving six terms in the legislature, including five consecutive terms, Redfield turned to broadcasting. He was the host of “Straight Talk with Holland Redfield”.
“The Virgin Islands community will long be remembered former Senator Holland Redfield for his contribution to the people of the Virgin Islands and for his voice, especially during hurricanes,” said Senate Speaker Donna Frett-Gregory.
In recognition of his service to the community of the Virgin Islands, the University of the Virgin Islands conferred on Redfield an honorary doctorate in human letters.
“Members of the 34th Legislature offered their condolences to family, friends and colleagues at Redfield, according to the statement issued by the Legislature,” the statement read. “During his tenure and countless times on the radio, Redfield would say ‘The difference between a statesman and a politician is that a politician works for the next election and a politician works for the next election. ‘State is working for the next generation.’ “