Edgar Iles was President of the Virgin Islands Olympic Committee for 25 years ©Getty Images

Former Virgin Islands Olympic Committee President Edgar Iles has died aged 93 in Frederiksted on the island of Saint Croix.

Iles was a stalwart of the local community and his passion for sports led him to encourage, promote and develop young athletes throughout the country for 25 years as President.

"Centro Caribe Sports Executive Board chaired by Luis Mejía, sends its heartfelt condolences to Virgin Islands Olympic Committee, on the passing of former NOC [National Olympic Committee] President Mr. Edgar Iles," Centro Caribe Sports said in a press release.

"Strength for Iles family and the broader Olympic Family of the ISV [Virgin Islands Olympic Committee].

"Rest in peace, Mr Iles."

Tributes flooded in from family members.

"It wasn’t just his kids that looked up to him, but other kids in the community as well," said Iles' daughter, Juanita.

"He loved to travel.

"He went to Australia for the Olympic Games; saw the Games in Munich, Germany, during a very politically charged time.

"He went to Cuba and spoke to Fidel Castro through a translator.

"He’s been all through the Caribbean and South America, either with Rotary or for the Olympics."

Iles also worked with the Virgin Islands Government for 40 years as director and assistant director of the Housing, Parks and Recreation Division as well as a four-year stint as Senator from 1981 to 1985.