Sir Dwight Venner dies

Sir Dwight Venner

Sir Dwight Venner

Former Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir Dwight Venner has died.

Reports are that Venner passed away at Tapion Hospital on Thursday night.

In late 2015 Venner announced his retirement after 26 years of service in his position as governor. He stepped down at the end of November 2015.

Venner was the longest-serving governor of any central bank, monetary authority, or federal reserve, having served faithfully since 1989.

He previously served as Director of Finance and Planning in the Government of Saint Lucia from 1981 to 1989.

In 1996 he was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and in 2001 promoted to Knight (KBE) in the same order. In 2012 he received the Saint Lucia Cross for outstanding contribution in economics and finance.

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16 comments

  1. Sicere condolences to the Venner family from Laurie and Godfrey Hewitt.

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  2. St Lucia and the Caribbean have lost a colossus.Dwight Venner was a giant in the banking world. For many years he served as governor of the East Caribbean Central bank and did his utmost to ensure that the ECCB became a financial force to be reckoned with.Under his watch, the ECCB was able to manage the money supply of member states, keep interest rates down and print the right amount of money to avoid inflation.

    I first met Sir Dwight Venner back in 1980 during a visit to St Lucia.I was doing a bit of hitchhiking on the Gros Islet highway when he suddenly stopped to offer me a ride in his honda. We got chatting and he introduced himself and I did likewise. He was then St Lucia's director of finance.He spotted an afro hairstyle which was impeccably kept. He reminded me of Michael Jackson when the late singer spotted his coiffured hairstyle back in the 70's. He spoke to me with a voice that offered friendliness. He was warm affable and inviting to talk to.

    I met him again this time in Oxford Street London, where he was shopping. I recognized him instantly by his afro-textured hairstyle and we immediately got chatting. I walked the busy Central London street with him until he disappeared into a nearby shop. We exchanged pleasantries and I bade him goodbye and that is the last communication I had with him. Dwight Venner was amiable, affectionate and gregarious.During his reign as governor, he fought to ensure that the EC dollar did well to maintain it's standing in the currency world. The EC dollar is the most sought after in our region. It's pegged well with the UK pound and the US dollar. Job well-done thanks to Sir Dwight.

    Sir Dwight kept out of the politics of the region and rightly so. He was not one for the limelight nor did he clamour for notice. He was mild-mannered and personable something you do not see a lot of these days in this wretched world that we are living in. We need more of Sir Dwight. On the two occasions that I met him I was indeed truly honoured to have crossed paths with him. He was a larger than life character who made an immense contribution towards the economic development of St Lucia and the Caribbean

    Words cannot express how saddened I am to hear of Sir Dwight's passing today. He was a beacon of hope to many.He was a patriot who served his country well. My thoughts and prayers are with the Venner family during this difficult time.Words are never adequate in moments like these. May His soul Rest In Peace. You served your people well Sir Dwight. Gone but will not be forgotten.

    Malcolm L'Overture
    Haitian- Lucian
    Berlin, Germant.

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    • Thank you for sharing this piece sir, it truly encapsulates the sentiments of many who had the opportunity to meet this great man. Malheureusement, I never had the opportunity to, but thanks to a well written piece by you after merely two chance encounters... the loss for the Caribbean and particularly the OECS resonates even more profoundly with me now.

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  3. Sincere condolences to the Venner family.

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  4. Why is it only the good guys die so young? May the good LORD above receive his soul
    and continue the blessings in a much greater capacity, by extending it to some poor child with
    the mind and heart to make good to the collective Nations forming the Eastern Caribbean Nations.

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  5. He served us well...May he rest in oeace.

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  6. A real down to earth great man and a great loss to the region. Condolences to the Venner family.

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  7. The Russians probably killed him.

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  8. Condolences to the Venner Family.

    St Lucia has lost a truly outstanding individual.

    RIP Sir

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    • He's actually from St. Vincent.

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      • Who cares where he was from

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      • And what's your point precisely! Where in my comment did I say or insinuate he was St Lucian by birth?

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        • You are a typical Saint Lucian. You say anything that pops into your undisciplined brain. You have no respect for truth nor accuracy.

          This may be the first time that some people are hearing of the man. Why is veracity not a hallmark or a goal of ALL reports on him?

          The chap was born in St. Vincent. His father, as a regional technocrat, had homes in almost all the islands where he spent time or he was posted. Saint Lucia and Barbados are examples. The son was partially educated in Saint Lucia. Like almost all VIPs in our high places today in Saint Lucia, he went to school at SMC.

          JC tapped into his talents in the Ministry of Finance. As advisor, he must have played a significant role in the economic affairs of this island.

          What is not known is his role as advisor to JC regarding our most devastating piece of social engineering that emerged during JC's time. Give the goodly doctor high marks for everything else, if you will.

          However, that piece of social engineering of trying to reduce the unemployment situation by slicing off those older than 60 is what is killing us today. We lost respect for the wisdom of the older folk, instead of marrying the talents of the older, with the newer members of the population. Today, we are obsessing with the results of a semi-literate childlike gullible population, which immaturely makes more immature children than it can viably support. These haunt and hunt us in the ghettos and in the literal grave yards. We have the Morne/Four La Chaud areas, and the Wilton Yards/Grave Yard. They terrorize residents as well as tourists.

          A little appreciated fact is this. We could have been having as tourist guests, numbers four to five times the size of our own resident population. But that short-sighted piece of social engineering of the Ministry of Finance has scuppered any of that. This had to be said.

          When the history of this era is honestly reported, we may find that Dr. Venner, in his wisdom, may well have advised against that. This had to be said to keep the records straight.

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      • Although born in St.Vincent, Dwight Venner came to St.Lucia at a very tender age. He was educated and raised on our island. He is therefore a son of our soil. May you rest in peace Mr Venner. Condolences to his family.

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