Ralph Vibert dies at 97

ONE of the giants of Jersey politics, former Senator Ralph Vibert, died yesterday at his home after a short illness.

00600482_cropped.jpgONE of the giants of Jersey politics, former Senator Ralph Vibert, died yesterday at his home after a short illness.

Mr Vibert, who celebrated his 97th birthday on Friday, secured his place in Island history when he led the negotiations that secured its unique status as the UK joined the European Common Market in 1972. Not only was he considered a brilliant politician, he was a distinguished lawyer who served as Solicitor General.

His political career began in 1957 when he was elected as a Deputy for St Brelade. He became a Senator in 1959 and remained in that office until he retired from politics in 1987. He was awarded an OBE in 1977.

He served alongside some of the best-known names in local politics, among them current Chief Minister Frank Walker.

Senator Walker said that Mr Vibert had been a ‘great Jerseyman and a great gentleman’. 'He was also one of the greatest politicians Jersey has ever known. Not least because of the position he negotiated for the Island with the EEC, now the European Union. We all owe him an enormous debt of gratitude,’ said Senator Walker.

Former Senator Dick Shenton said that when he was first elected to office in 1969 Ralph Vibert had been among the politicians re-elected at the same time. ‘That group were all fantastic — loyal Jerseymen who were prepared to fight for their Island. We would disagree strongly, but there was always respect,’ he said.

 

Comments for: "Ralph Vibert dies at 97"

Will Baxter

As the grandson of Ralph Vibert, (my mother is Mary Baxter, nee Vibert), I am forever inspired by him. A great life, a greater man.

Speaking to him three weeks ago, I asked him what was the most important thing in his life, he said, "The 4 absolutes, absolute purity, absolute love, absolute honesty and absolute unselfishness."

Will Baxter

Roni Ajao

The passing a way of Ralph Vibert, OBE, is a great loss not only to his family, Jersey Island but to many people around the world, for what he stood for and for leaving such a legacy for many to follow in his footsteps.

May His Soul Rest in God's Perfect Peace. Amen

Roni Ajao

Exective Director, MRL Public Sector Consultants Ltd, Nigeria

Rebecca Vibert-Ward

As a grandaughter of this amazing man, i just wanted to say that life won't ever quite be the same without him.

As said before, he has touched so many hearts and people all around the world.

I am so very proud to be his grandaughter and will miss him very much.

Rest in peace my Buddy xxx