Virgin Islanders are mourning the passing of Kenneth “Blakie” Blake — police officer, calypsonian, and longtime leader of the V.I. Carnival Committee.

“He spent countless hours in support and in promotion of Carnival because it was an entity that promoted the Virgin Islands people and its culture,” said Sen. Athneil “Bobby” Thomas. “Working with him with the carnival committee, he gave a lot of support. He was the one who nominated me to be his co-chair, you know. And we didn’t always see eye to eye.”

— Contact Suzanne Carlson at 340-714-9122 or email