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Bert Kilbride
February 19th, 2008 5:56 AM

Bert Kilbride

March 8, 1914 - January 8, 2008

Sadly, Bert passed away peacefully at his home in Etna, California at 8:25 am on January 8, 2008. He was under Hospice care and made very comfortable during his last days. His heart and kidneys were almost 94 years old and just couldn't support him any longer.

Please Celebrate Bert's Life with us

There will be two Celebrations held for Bert's friends and family. One on Saba Rock and one in Florida.


Saba Rock


On Saturday, March 8th 2008

in the upstairs bar on Saba Rock

in the British Virgin Islands

from 3pm - until ???


There will be a gathering of Bert's friends.

Come on Come all! Everyone is Welcome.

Please bring your best "Bert" Story.

~~~~~ AND~~~~~


on Sunday, March 9, 2008

at the John U. Lloyd State Park

6503 N. Ocean Drive
in Dania, FL
from 3:00 p.m. - sunset

I-95 to Sheridan Street (Milepost Exit 21 - Old Exit 24), east to A1A, north 1.5 miles; or Florida Turnpike to Hollywood Blvd. (Exit 49), east to A1A, north 2.5 miles.

We are planning an old fashioned picnic. We have rented the pavillion that is the furtherst north but we are requesting everyone bring their own chairs and umbrellas if they would like.
There will be beverages and light snacks but if you are spending the day, we suggest you bring your own picnic food and drinks.

No alcohol is allowed at the park but we will have plenty of water and soft drinks.
This area is very special to Bert's children. When they were young, Bert would take his children by boat to this area that was situated between the ocean and the Intracoastal waterway. It is still very beautiful.

Shaded picnic areas are located along the beach. Limited picnic supplies, as well as bait and rental canoes, are available at Coco's Cafe, the park's refreshment stand. A tidal waterway, called New River Sound or Whiskey Creek, divides the park along its length. It is a protected zone for the endangered manatee and a great variety of other marine life. The mangrove-lined waterway is a scenic place to canoe, observe bird life and take photographs.

For more information:
John U. Lloyd Beach State Recreation Area
6503 N. Ocean Drive
Dania, FL 33004

This will give us all a chance to fondly remember Bert and if anyone has a favorite memory they would like to share, it would be great.

There will be a special ceremony at sunset.

Hope to see you there,
Ellen Christopher


Please click this link for a wonderful poem to Bert by Barbara Kilbride


In lieu of flowers please make donations to the BVI Humane Society

Click on the following button to donate online

Or send your checks or money orders to:

Humane Society of the BVI

P O Box 190

Road Town, Tortola

British Virgin Islands



I plan on celebrating Bert's life by finishing his book. Please help me do that by leaving Bert Stories in his Guest Book. I've listened to his stories for 25 years now I want to hear your experiences with Bert.

Thanks, Gayla Kilbride

Guest Book & Obituary


"I have been a treasure seeker around the British Virgin Islands for over 5 decades where I resided from the 1950's through 2005. I have charted (in my head) 138 ship wrecks. The one that has caught my attention and has evaded me for years is the San Ignacio. It hit the Anegada Reef in 1742. It sailed from Cadiz, Spain carrying 3 years payroll for the spanish military in the form of gold and silver, not to mention the bishops prized jewels. I would call that the Mother Load!

Until I find the San Ignacio I'll just have to be happy with all the artifacts I brought up from the famous shipwreck of the RMS Rhone, the Astrea, and what I call the Crown Site. The Crown Site is the location of an unknown wreck on Anegada Reef in the BVI. I have found lots of musket balls, cannon balls and flints there. Before the department of BVI National Parks and Recreation put a moratorium on anchoring on Anegada Reef I would take what I called my "VIP" guests to the Crown Site. I would make the guarantee they would bring up a cannon ball or musket ball (of course with my help) . . . . And they always did."

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