CHARLESTOWN, Nevis - NEVISIANS and those across the entire Federation woke up this morning (Apr. 2) to the shocking news of the death of former Nevis Premier and Federal Minister, Vance Amory.
According to media reports, Amory had taken ill and was seeking treatment for sometime before his untimely death.
The news has sent shockwaves across the Federation as the former Premier was beloved by many on both St. Kitts and Nevis.
Amory served in the capacity of Premier for the Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM) between 1992-2006 and acquiring that statue again from 2013-2014.
He was also instrumental in the signing of the Charlestown Acord which brought together the CCM, the People’s Action Movment (PAM) and the People’s Labour Party (PLP) under the Team Unity umbrella, which defeated the St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party/Nevis Reformation Party in 2015.
Up until his death, the 72-year-old was still serving in a capacity of the Government.
Following the announcement of his death, several politicians, including Premier Mark Brantley, took to social media to express their condolences.
In part, Brantley wrote: “I woke this morning to the shocking and tragic news that we have lost an iconic Nevisian, a Statesman and lifelong servant to the people of Nevis and the wider Federation. His Excellency Vance Winkworth Amory was an extraordinary human being who served Nevis as a sportsman, an educator, a banker and a politician. His DNA can be found in every facet of Nevisian life and development.”
PAM’s Chairman and Minister of Educucation, Jonel Powell wrote, “I am at a loss for words....RIP my brother.”
Leader of the Nevis Reformation Party, Janice Daniel-Hodge, expressed her condolences in a media statement.
“I am deeply saddened to have learned, early this morning, of the passing of Nevis' second premier, His Excellency, Ambassador Vance Winkworth Amory. I have lost a dear friend and the people of Nevis have lost a true statesman.
“I remember him as a man who knew how to cope with difficulties and to find ways to be resilient and rise above challenges. He was a man who knew how to cope and helped those who were suffering and comforted those who lost their loved ones,” the stament read in part.
Prime Minister and Leader of the PLP described Ambassador Amory as “an astute individual whose death signals the passing of a true patriot and Elder Statesman, who made a positive and indelible mark on the development of St. Kitts and Nevis over the course of his life”.
“On a more personal level, Ambassador Amory became a true friend, mentor and advisor to me as we embarked on the journey of forming Team Unity, in order to provide you, the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, with the shared prosperity, strong leadership and good governance that you deserve, and was sadly lacking through successive Administrations.
“...As such, we owe it to Ambassador Amory’s memory to maintain the integrity and principles of the Team Unity movement to which he was fully committed from its inception, straight through to the historic launch in September 2013, and the general election victory – against all odds – in February 2015,” added PM Harris.
Dr. Harris disclosed that Ambassador Amory would be accorded a State Funeral.