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The family of Louis P. Hestres is saddened to announce his passing June 27, 2012, at the age of 88 in Caguas, P.R., where he resided after his retirement.
"Louie" was born May 26, 1924, on St. Thomas, where he attended Ss. Peter and Paul School and Charlotte Amalie High School through ninth grade and completed his 12th-grade education at New York Metropolitan High School. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree with a major in accounting at the City College of New York and later became a certified public accountant and a real estate broker. After serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II, Louie returned home and served as the top tax auditor in the Tax Division of the Department of Finance. Thereafter, he opened his private firm of "Hestres and Associates," specializing in financial, accounting, taxation and real estate services.
Dipping into politics, Louie was elected to the 8th Legislature of the V.I., where he served on the Finance and Education committees and was chairman of the Commerce Committee. He later completed his government service with the Territorial Court as its chief financial officer until his retirement. Louie's dedication to the V.I. included being chairman of the Board of Education, a member of the Board of Trustees of the College of the Virgin Islands and a member of the V.I. Lions Club, the Jaycees and the Tau Beta Alpha organization.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Emilia; daughter, Wanda; son, Louis E. Hestres; adopted daughter, Gretchen; and goddaughter, Rianna Francis. His many friends include Lawrence and Maria Hodge, Verne Hodge, Horace Callwood, Liston Lewis, Albert George, Reuben Wheatley, Joseph Simmonds, John Tennyson Williams, Claudius Moore, Corrin Graham, Jasmine Wade-Francis, and the V.I. Superior Court family.
Louie was preceded in death by his parents, brother and ex-wife, Alice Wallace.
By the wishes of the family, there will be no viewing at the private service to be held in Caguas at a later date.
Louie, you have lived a full and productive life: now rest and enjoy eternal peace.
- Obituary written by the family.