The University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) extends condolences to the family, friends and the Government and People of St. Kitts and Nevis on the passing of former Premier of Nevis Vance Amory.
Amory served Nevis as Premier for two terms in the office – from 1992 to 2006 and from 2013 to 2017.
The University of the Virgin Islands was delighted to host him in September 1986 when he decided to further his studies with a master’s in business administration at the St. Croix Campus before dedicating his life to the betterment of Nevis.
“The passing of Vance is a monumental loss to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis and the wider Caribbean,” said UVI President David Hall. “We consider it a blessing that some of the myriad talents of such a visionary Caribbean man were cultivated here in the Virgin Islands and shared with numerous beneficiaries across the region and the globe. The region will feel the magnitude of his loss, but has benefited from his insight, passion and now a lasting legacy.”
Like many enlightened individuals he recognized the need to balance healthy minds with healthy bodies when he served as the Minister of Sports in the Nevis Island Administration.
He served with distinction in many capacities and led the people of Nevis and the wider Federation, foremost as an educator, and also as a cricketer, an athlete, a banker, and an innovative public servant.
Throughout his time in the political arena, whether setting up the Concerned Citizens Movement, which still influences political direction and policies in the twin-island federation, or highlighting the value of athleticism as sports minister, Amory used his trademark diligence and commitment to enhance the lives of the people of St. Kitts and his native Nevis.
The Premier of Nevis, Mark Brantley, in his tribute said that Amory's “DNA is imprinted in every facet of our development on the island of Nevis and the wider Federation.”
Among his many accomplishments was securing funds for the construction of the Vance W. Amory International Airport, which is a fitting tribute to a pioneering man who proudly proclaimed his love of his islands, along with the benefits of enhancing lives through travel and education abroad.