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Late H. Lavity Stoutt remembered for visionary leadership

-24th Annual Memorial Celebration paid tribute to the great leader
During a small ceremony at Capoon's Bay, West End, Tortola, new Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) highlighted some of the great qualities of the man who changed the face of the VI into the modern and booming territory it is today. Photo: Facebook
The late Hon Stoutt died on May, 14, 1995, and was the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands, winning five General Elections (1967, 1979, 1986, 1991 and 1995) and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death in 1995. Photo: Team of Reporters
The late Hon Stoutt died on May, 14, 1995, and was the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands, winning five General Elections (1967, 1979, 1986, 1991 and 1995) and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death in 1995. Photo: Team of Reporters
CAPOON'S BAY, Tortola, VI – Under the team “Back to Basics”, Monday, March 4, 2019, marked the 24th annual H. Lavity Stoutt memorial celebration and the 19th wreath-laying ceremony for the great Virgin Islands (VI) leader.

Remembrance Service

During a ceremony at Capoon's Bay, Tortola, new Premier Hon Andrew A. Fahie (R1) highlighted some of the great qualities of the man who changed the face of the VI into the modern and booming territory it is today.

According to Mr Fahie, “It is said that visionaries look into the future and see things not through the lens of current reality, but see things through the lens of future possibilities,” he told those gathered in reflecting on the late Stoutt.

“As we gather today and as we do this every year as a territory to recognise and pay tribute to the late and great Hon Hamilton Lavity Stoutt, I find it important this morning to take this time to reflect on the characteristics that made him the leader we have all grown to admire and respect,” Mr Fahie said in highlighting the courage of the late Chief Minister to get things done. 

Ancient to Modern

“Hon Stoutt at a time in the Virgin Islands that had felt so ancient, lived in a moment in history when our territory was viewed as small and isolated from the world and deeply rooted in solely agriculture and fishing as our only livelihood.”

He said Mr Stoutt saw a new era of prosperity that “elevated our people to a new level of social and economic prosperity… this prosperity was built on a foundation that included faith in God, respect, love happiness [and] hard work,” Hon Fahie pointed out.   

The late Hon Stoutt died on May, 14, 1995, and was the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the Virgin Islands, winning five General Elections (1967, 1979, 1986, 1991 and 1995) and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1979 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death.

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