Edwin Smith passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital with his wife, Drucilla Smith, and others by his side.
Edwin was born in Road Town, Tortola, BVI on June 29, 1938, to parents H. Philip G. Smith and Frances Amey Smith. Edwin was a loving and caring person who was very protective of his parents and siblings. In his school days on Tortola, he would most often be seen with with his brother, Elmer, and his cousins, Ira and Joey.
After completing his secondary education at the Virgin Islands Secondary School in Tortola, BVI, Edwin travelled to Puerto Rico to attend trade school. Edwin trained as a diesel mechanic and excelled in his studies and field. Upon completing his studies, and becoming certified in his trade, he returned to Tortola where he became the captain of the Virgin Queen, a passenger vessel owned by his father. From there, he went on to work with his father at the family’s shipyard at Frenchman's Cay, BVI. There, he spent many years and functioned as the diesel mechanic, servicing and maintaining the many vessels passing through the shipyard.
Edwin subsequently moved to St. Thomas, USVI with his wife and young daughter, where he resided for many years and continued his trade at Caneel Bay Resort on St. John, USVI. After 20 years of service, he retired from Caneel Bay and migrated to Jacksonville, Florida in 1998. True to his love for ocean vessels, he continued his trade by working at Atlantic Marine in Jacksonville. After ending his tenure there, Edwin volunteered in his community for 20 years until his passing.
Edwin Smith was a loved and respected member of his community and was considered a grandfather to those who knew him.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years and a large, loving family.