Morris – who served as Simmonds’ Cabinet Member and Deputy Prime Minister in the 19…s – departed this life on Wednesday, 4th May, 2011 after being ill for a period of time and according to reports, the sad event took place at the Grange Nursing Home & Health Care Facility, a specialised care facility located on the eastern corridor of the island.
Noting his sadness over Morris’ passing, Sir Kennedy recalled his passion for education and youth development.
“I have been deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague Sidney Morris. He
battled illness for a long time with strength and fortitude, and overcame adversity to render outstanding and stalwart service to the people of St. Kitts and Nevis. He was a dedicated educator par excellence, serving as teacher, administrator, Minister of Education and Deputy Prime Minister.
“He was an effective and well-respected teacher in St. Kitts and Nevis and Bermuda, and when he returned to St. Kitts in 1980 to offer himself for public office, the people of Bermuda were sorry to see him leave. As Minister of Education, he developed a close relationship with teachers and drew upon their wisdom and experience. This collaborative relationship combined with his own passion for the development of our youth inspired him to promote policies and programs which catapulted St. Kitts and Nevis into a leadership position in education in the Caribbean, in the decade of the 80’s and extending into the 90s.”
Sir Kennedy remembers Morris as being “highly respected throughout the Caribbean as an insightful and progressive Minister of Education” and described as second to none “the quality of his service, as an educator, to the youth of this Country”.
The Federation’s first Prime Minister said he last visited Morris on Friday, 29th April, 2011 when he was hospitalized and, “He was as clear and lucid as ever and just as concerned about the future of our Country.”
“With his passing, St. Kitts and Nevis has lost a committed, dedicated and loyal public servant…May his soul rest in peace.”