Vance Amory

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Vance Amory
Vance Amory.jpeg
Amory in 2018
2nd & 4th Premier of Nevis
In office
23 January 2013 – 29 October 2017
Preceded byJoseph Parry
Succeeded byMark Brantley
In office
2 June 1992 – 11 July 2006
Preceded bySimeon Daniel
Succeeded byJoseph Parry
Personal details
Born
Vance Winkworth Amory

(1949-05-22)22 May 1949
Rawlins, Gingerland, Nevis, Saint Christopher and Nevis
Died2 April 2022(2022-04-02) (aged 72)
London, England, United Kingdom
Political partyConcerned Citizens' Movement
Alma materUniversity of the West Indies
Cricket information
BattingRight-handed
BowlingLeg break googly
Domestic team information
YearsTeam
1968/69–1980/81Leeward Islands
1969/70–1980/81Combined Leeward and Windward Islands
Career statistics
Competition First-class List A
Matches 35 6
Runs scored 1,416 164
Batting average 23.21 27.33
100s/50s 0/7 0/0
Top score 88 45
Balls bowled 44 0
Wickets 1
Bowling average 31.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/0
Catches/stumpings 29/– 0/–
Source: CricketArchive, 14 October 2011

Vance Winkworth Amory (22 May 1949 – 2 April 2022[1]) was a Saint Kitts and Nevis politician and cricketer. He served two stints as Premier of Nevis, from 1992 to 2006 and from 2013 to 2017,[1] and served as the Minister of Sports in the Nevis Island Administration.[2] He founded and led the Concerned Citizens' Movement.[3] The airport in Nevis, Vance W. Amory International Airport, bears his name.

Early life and career[edit]

Amory was born on 22 May 1949 in Rawlins Village.[4] He received his elementary, primary and secondary school education in Nevis.[4] He has been an active member of a local church in Nevis since childhood.[4]

Amory was known for his fondness for cricket.[4] An opening batsman, he played first-class cricket for the Combined Islands and the Leeward Islands from 1969 to 1981.[2] His highest score was 88, for Leeward Islands against Windward Islands in 1977-78, when he helped to ensure a draw after Leeward Islands trailed by 167 runs on the first innings.[5] In his last match he captained Leeward Islands against the touring English team in March 1981, scoring 37 and 56.[6] He suffered injuries during his career, including a broken nose that caused him to be carried off the field.[4]

Amory excelled academically, obtaining passes in 5 out of available 7 GCE 'O' level subjects at Charlestown Secondary School.[4] He subsequently achieved his 'A' grade levels in St. Kitts, and went on to the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree.[4] Then he returned home in 1973 to teach students at Charlestown Secondary School.[4]

He taught at Gingerland Secondary School from 1974 to 1977, including a period of six months as acting headmaster.[4] Then, at the age of 28, he became the youngest headmaster of Charlestown Secondary School.[4] He took an institution that was lagging seriously behind and almost single-handedly restored acceptable grades and credibility.[4] The transition from GCE 'O' levels to CXC and the newly introduced sports programs were among some of the challenges that he overcame, despite opposition.[4] He assisted greatly with the education improvement of thousands during his days as teacher and principal.[4]

Between 1981 and 1983 Amory was manager of the St. Kitts, Nevis and Anguilla National Bank, during which time he aided many individuals in obtaining well needed financing.[4] That Bank was relatively new on Nevis and had its early difficulties.[4] Nevis residents were very cautious in doing business with the institution and Amory set his mind to change this.[4] The bank thereafter experienced healthy financial growth.[4] He was also instrumental in overseeing the purchase of the land on which National Bank sits today.[4]

Politics[edit]

In 1983, Amory applied for and successfully received a position in the finance department of the Nevis Island Government.[4] He was then promoted to Permanent Secretary in Finance, under the premiership of Dr. Simeon Daniel.[4] It was from that position that Amory learned the ins and outs of governance.[4] He took study leave in September 1986 to further his education at University of the Virgin Islands, St. Croix campus.[7] He resigned his position in December of that year and reported that he wanted to dedicate himself for the betterment of Nevis.[4]

In 1987 he organised a political party, the Concerned Citizens Movement.[4] In 1992, he became Premier of Nevis and served until 2006.[4] His transformation of the face of Nevis can be seen in many facets. He played a substantial role in securing the funding for the construction of the airport.[4] There were numerous regulatory obstacles strewn in path of the airport development and numerous delays by the Basseterre Government (in Saint Kitts) in extending a loan guarantee.[4] His commitment to the successful completion of the project is one reason that the airport bears his name.[4] In 1996, he announced plans for Nevis to secede from St. Kitts, but the resulting 1998 referendum failed to reach the necessary two-thirds majority.[8]

Amory served a second term from 2013 to 2017.[1]

Death[edit]

Amory died of cancer in a London hospital on 2 April 2022, at the age of 72.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dixon, Loshaun (2 April 2022). "Former Premier of Nevis has passed". The St Kitts Nevis Observer. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Premier of Nevis pledges continued support for cricket development". Caribbean Net News. 23 January 2006. Archived from the original on 1 May 2008. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Hon. Vance Amory". Government of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis. 21 January 2008. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Windward Islands v Leeward Islands, 1977/78". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  6. ^ "Leeward Islands v England XI 1980/81". Cricinfo. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  7. ^ "UVI Mourns the Passing of Former Premier Vance Amory". www.uvi.edu. 4 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Saint Kitts and Nevis (08/04)". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 8 April 2022.
  9. ^ "Former Nevis Premier, Vance Amory is dead". CNW Network. 3 April 2022. Retrieved 5 April 2022.
Political offices
Preceded by Premier of Nevis
1992–2006
Succeeded by
Preceded by Premier of Nevis
2013–2017
Succeeded by