According to sources, an Official funeral will be held for the late Sir Dwight Venner, on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 2 PM at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Micoud Street in Castries. It is expected that local and foreign leaders and dignitaries will attend.
Sir Dwight passed away on Thursday, December 22, 2016 at Tapion Hospital where he was admitted that same afternoon because of an emergency condition. As a result of his quickly deteriorating condition attempts were made to obtain air ambulance service in order to transfer him to Martinique. Unfortunately he passed away late that night, before a Medevac helicopter, which had taken off from Martinique, could arrive.
In an interview yesterday on Russell Lake’s show Drive By on Radio 100, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet revealed that concerted efforts had been made to obtain an emergency flight to Martinique, for Sir Dwight, all in vain. He expressed frustration at the number of persons who were unable to receive proper emergency care because of air ambulance constraints, and vowed that Sir Dwight’s situation would be the last.
He wrote and published extensively in the areas of Monetary and International Economics, Central Banking, Public Finance, Economic Development, Political Economy and International Economic Relations.
Selected publications include Monetary Policy and a Stable EC Dollar, 1996; Surmounting the Barriers to Development, 1996; The Prospects for a Unified Caribbean in the New International Economic Order, 1996; Prospects and Policy Options for the ECCB Area, 1997; Economic Theory and Development Options For The Caribbean: The Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lectures 1996-2005, 2007.
He 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.
The Hon Sir Dwight received the award of Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in 1996 in St Lucia and was recognised 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 Hon Sir Dwight was recipient of an honorary degree, the Doctor of Laws from the University of the West Indies. In December 2011, he was awarded the Saint Lucia Cross for distinguished and outstanding service of national importance to Saint Lucia.
His hobbies included cricket, racquet ball, netball, pistol shooting, hiking, jogging, music, reading, collecting paintings, crystals, miniature boats and coins, travel and photography.
Sir Dwight is survived by his wife Lynda Arnolde Winville Venner (nee St. Rose) and their seven children.