It was this morning confirmed that Former Prime Minister of Nevis and Ambassador to the Prime Minister’s Office Vance Amory passed away earlier today. Amory 72, for which the airport in Nevis had been named in his honor was a founding member of Team Unity and was also known as a former first-class cricketer representing the Leeward Islands and Combined Islands in the 1970s and 80s.

He served as the Premier of Nevis from 1992 to 2006 then again from 2013 to 2017.

In a Facebook post, Prime Minister of St. Kitts Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris paid tribute to the leader by saying, “I am very saddened by the passing of Ambassador Vance Amory, my reliable friend, mentor and advisor, illustrious founding member of #TeamUnity. My condolences are with his loving wife Vernita his daughters, the rest of his family and a wide circle of friends and well-wishers. The people of #stkittsandnevis have lost our Elder Statesman. May his soul find eternal peace.”

Deputy Prime Minister of St. Kitts Shawn Richards also shared his sentiments on the passing of the leader via a social media post. Richards said, “It was with much sadness that I learned earlier today, of the sudden passing of former Premier of Nevis, Ambassador Vance Amory. I extend my deepest sympathies to his wife, children and extended family. I had the privilege of working with Ambassador Amory in the federal government of St. Kitts and Nevis from 2015-to 2020; he was Senior Minister and Minister of labour and I was Deputy Prime Minister. I shall always remember him for the role he played, along with myself as Leader of the People’s Action Movement PAM, and as Leader of the Concerned Citizen s Movement, CCM, jointly working with the Leader of the PLP, Dr Timothy Harris, to help fashion a government of national unity.”