Tributes Continues for Sir K Dwight Venner

One week after his sudden passing, tributes continue to pour in for the late Sir Kenneth Dwight Venner who passed away last Friday.

The Former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central died at the age of 70 at the Tapion Hospital in St. Lucia.

Expressing their condolences was the management and staff of the regional air-carrier LIAT, to which Sir Dwight was a loyal customer.

In a media release, the company described Sir Dwight as not only a loyal passenger of LIAT who travelled with the carrier hundreds of times, but also as a passionate supporter of the company and its mandate.

“The Caribbean has lost a brilliant man….Sir Dwight will be greatly missed” indicated Julie Reifer-Jones, CEO of LIAT.

He held the post of Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank since 1989.

After 26 years of dedicated service to the ECCB, Sir Kenneth Dwight Vincent Venner announced in December 2015, his move to retire from the St. Kitts and Nevis based institution.

Prior to his service at ECCB, Sir Dwight was Director of Finance and Planning in the Government of Saint Lucia from 1981 to 1989.

Sir Dwight was a member of the Board of Directors of the Caribbean Knowledge and Learning Network, and a member of the Commission for Growth and Development, World Bank.

He was also Chairman of the OECS Economic Union Task Force Committee, and the UWI Open Campus Council.

In 1996, Sir Dwight received the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in St Lucia and was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate of the University of the West Indies on its 50th Anniversary in July 1998.

In June 2001, he was awarded Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for services to the financial sector.

In October 2003, the Sir Dwight received an honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies.

In December 2012, he was awarded the St. Lucia Cross for distinguished and outstanding service of national importance to St. Lucia.

Sir Dwight is survived by his wife and seven children.


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