Former head of prisons has died

Basseterre, St. Kitts, Friday, 30th August, 2019, ( – News of the death this morning of the former head of the prison system in St. Kitts and Nevis, Captain Valentine (Val) Morris, has drawn widespread tributes from persons of all walks of life.
Though it was known that Morris had not been in the best of health, his death on Friday, 30th August, 2019, still caught many off guard and saddened.

During the 1970s, Morris served as the Superintendent of the Prison and developed a reputation for being a strict disciplinarian who was well respected by the occupants of the facility and the public as well.

It was also during that decade that Morris led the Defense Force Band as the music director, helping to produce many of the top musical giants who today dot the entertainment landscape of St. Kitts and Nevis.

He, himself, led one of the most memorable brass bands that accompanied most of the calypsonians during the early 1970s. The Val Morris Orchestra, like the Grandmasters is today, carried the weight of backing the island’s calypsonians during the carnival festivities.

Morris was also well known for his skills as a panist and promoter of steel band music in St. Kitts.
His loss will be missed in the country.

Condolences are extended to his wife, nurse Beulah Morris and his children.

Featured Photo: Val Morris / Sknvibes