ECCB Mourns Loss of Honourable Sir K Dwight Ven­ner

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LETTERS -

The East­ern Caribbean Cen­tral Bank (ECCB) fam­ily deeply mourns the sud­den pass­ing of the Honourable Sir K Dwight Ven­ner, the sec­ond and long­est serv­ing Gov­er­nor of the ECCB.

On be­half of the Chair­man of the ECCB Mone­tary Coun­cil, Prime Min­is­ter the Honourable Gas­ton Browne, and all mem­bers of Coun­cil, Board of Di­rec­tors, man­age­ment and staff (past and present) and re­tirees, we ex­tend our deep­est con­do­lences and grat­i­tude to Lady Lynda, his dear wife; his chil­dren; his brother, John (our col­league); his rel­a­tives and many friends. May the God of all com­fort, com­fort them at this ex­cep­tion­ally dif­fi­cult time.

Sir Dwight’s pass­ing comes less than eight weeks be­fore the Mone­tary Coun­cil, in recog­ni­tion of his im­mense con­tri­bu­tion, had planned to honour him at a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the ECCB Head­quar­ters in St Kitts and Ne­vis. At that time, one of the build­ings was to be named in his honour. It may be re­called that one of Sir Dwight’s many ac­com­plish­ments was ini­ti­at­ing and over­see­ing the con­struc­tion and equip­ping of the cur­rent ECCB head­quar­ters.

Gov­er­nor An­toine said, “I have per­son­ally con­veyed our grief and grat­i­tude to Lady Lynda. Sir Dwight was a vi­sion­ary, a re­gion­al­ist, and a pub­lic ser­vant par ex­cel­lence. He had a deep and abid­ing love for the peo­ple of the Caribbean. He truly be­lieved that we are our best selves and se­cure our best de­vel­op­ment out­comes when we come to­gether and take col­lec­tive ac­tion. He ded­i­cated his life to our re­gion, and his wife and fam­ily made enor­mous sac­ri­fices to sup­port his labour of love over many, many years. Those of us on whom the man­tle now rests have a duty of care to con­tinue his ex­cep­tional ser­vice.

“Sir Dwight had a dream for the de­vel­op­ment of our re­gion and he re­garded the ECCB as a ver­i­ta­ble ve­hi­cle to pur­sue our com­mon des­tiny as small states and ter­ri­to­ries.

“I again ex­press our ap­pre­ci­a­tion for his colos­sal con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of our re­gion. Our re­gion owes him a huge debt of grat­i­tude.”

An il­lus­tri­ous Caribbean son has passed on but the legacy of Sir Dwight lives on. May his soul rest in peace.

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