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CYRIL E. KING HAILED FOR HIS ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Observances were held Friday morning to commemorate the life of Cyril Emmanuel King, the territory's second elected governor, on what would have been his 79th birthday. A wreath-laying ceremony at the flagpoles and monument at the airport named in his honor followed a memorial service at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, where he had been a lay reader.
King lost a battle with cancer in 1978, just shy of completing his first term in office.
At the airport ceremony, members of the Independent Citizens Movement, King's party, lauded him as a giant of a man who set the stage for the development of the Virgin Islands. Levron "Pops" Sarauw, a lifelong ICM stalwart, said, "There is no doubt that Cyril E. King was a man for the people. He was very instrumental in getting this airport up and running."
The ICM president on St. Thomas, former senator Stephen "Smokey" Frett, promised to "keep Governor King's torch burning." Frett said King's contributions were testimony that "through hard work and determination, much can be accomplished."
Gov. Charles Turnbull said King "recognized the importance of sacrifice and discipline in order to bring about a new order of things. . . We honor the things he stood for and the energy and demand for excellence he brought to government."
The governor called King "a giant of a native son" who "left a legacy of unselfish public service."
The airport on St. Thomas, formerly named for President Harry S Truman, was renamed in King's honor in October 1990, when a modern, new terminal replaced the World War II hangar that had served the purpose for decades. King was credited with initiating the project and then moving it along despite legal entanglements with the then-contractor, Rogge International.
Neither King's widow, Agnes, nor his daughter, Lillia, attended the memorial service or the wreath-laying ceremony.

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Observances were held Friday morning to commemorate the life of Cyril Emmanuel King, the territory's second elected governor, on what would have been his 79th birthday. A wreath-laying ceremony at the flagpoles and monument at the airport named in his honor followed a memorial service at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church, where he had been a lay reader.
King lost a battle with cancer in 1978, just shy of completing his first term in office.
At the airport ceremony, members of the Independent Citizens Movement, King's party, lauded him as a giant of a man who set the stage for the development of the Virgin Islands. Levron "Pops" Sarauw, a lifelong ICM stalwart, said, "There is no doubt that Cyril E. King was a man for the people. He was very instrumental in getting this airport up and running."
The ICM president on St. Thomas, former senator Stephen "Smokey" Frett, promised to "keep Governor King's torch burning." Frett said King's contributions were testimony that "through hard work and determination, much can be accomplished."
Gov. Charles Turnbull said King "recognized the importance of sacrifice and discipline in order to bring about a new order of things. . . We honor the things he stood for and the energy and demand for excellence he brought to government."
The governor called King "a giant of a native son" who "left a legacy of unselfish public service."
The airport on St. Thomas, formerly named for President Harry S Truman, was renamed in King's honor in October 1990, when a modern, new terminal replaced the World War II hangar that had served the purpose for decades. King was credited with initiating the project and then moving it along despite legal entanglements with the then-contractor, Rogge International.
Neither King's widow, Agnes, nor his daughter, Lillia, attended the memorial service or the wreath-laying ceremony.