The people of St Kitts and Nevis are mourning the death of former Premier Vance Amory who died on Saturday, April 2nd.
Prime Minister Timothy Harris in a tribute to Ambassador Amory, confirmed that he would be given a state funeral.
“Ambassador Amory will be accorded a state funeral the detail of which will be given to the public in due course,” he said. “In consultation with His Excellency, Our Governor General, Sir Sir Tapley Seaton an official period of mourning will be observed in the Federation. Meanwhile, flags in the Federation are to be flown with half mast in honor of Ambassador Amory’s passing.”
Vance Amory was a founding member of the Concerned Citizens Movement in Nevis, now led by Premier Mark Brantley.
Brantley expressed his sadness at the former Premier’s passing.
“The Honorable Vance Amory was a giant who walked amongst us over the past seven decades,” he said. “He was a founding member of the Concerned Citizens Movement, he was a founding member of Team Unity and his DNA is imprinted on every facet of development on the island of Nevis and the wider Federation. It was therefore with great shock that we all woke this morning to this tragic news. Vance Amory has led an unblemished life of service to the people of Nevis and the wide country, whether as a sportsman in cricket, as an athlete, as a banker, as an educator and as a politician, he has led with distinction and served the people of Nevis and the wider Federation in every capacity.”
Ambassador Amory served in the Federal administration as Minister of Social Security from 2015 – 2020.
According to the St Kitts Nevis Information Service, one of his most impactful decisions included the implementation of the COVID-19 Relief Fund.
The Fund provided financial support to insured persons whose income was loss or affected by the corona virus pandemic.