St Kitts and Nevis: PM Terrance Drew mourns loss of Comrade Rudolph Morton

Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis- Dr Terrance Drew mourned the loss of Comrade Rudolph Morton (affectionately Rudy Morton). 

St Kitts and Nevis: PM Terrance Drew mourns loss of Comrade Rudolph Morton
St Kitts and Nevis: PM Terrance Drew mourns loss of Comrade Rudolph Morton

St Kitts and Nevis: Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis- Dr Terrance Drew mourned the loss of Comrade Rudolph Morton (affectionately Rudy Morton). 

Comrade Morton was a family man, an intellectual, a career professional, a businessman and a devout stalwart of the Labour Party and movement. Rudolph Morton grew up and lived at his family’s home on Cayon Street in Basseterre. 

Prior to pursuing higher education abroad, Rudy attended the Basseterre Grammar School where he was successful in both athletics and academics. 

He was a proud alumnus of Baruch College and the University of the Virgin Islands, achieving Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees, respectively, in Business Administration. Later, he was appointed as an Adjunct Professor at Manhattan Community College from 1988 to 1991. 

Morton used his position to inspire others in his homeland to seize opportunities for higher education and self-advancement. On his return to the Federation, he took over his father’s establishment at the corner of Cayon Street and College Street Ghaut and managed the supermarket in the service of his community.

 In 1988, he was appointed the Managing Director of the Frigate Bay Development Corporation, where he served until July 2015. During this time, he oversaw the transformation of the Frigate Bay Development area into the success it is today.

Over the years, the Comrade held several positions in the SKNLP. However, he was most noted for his role as Constituency No. 2’s representative to the National Executive of the Party. 

His home was the meeting place and epicenter of political planning and organizing. He was the elder usher for candidates over the years including Dwyer Astaphan, Marcella Liburd and the most recent Marsha Henderson.

An elder comrade described him as the ‘elder of elders;’ he was always compassionate, respectful and professional.

PM Terrance Drew said that he met Cde Rudy in the 90s as a young man living in St. Peter’s. He was a staple of the St. Peter’s life, as his supermarket was our place to shop and hang out before we caught the bus home.

He was extremely compassionate, as he allowed many to come and go without paying when he knew that they had it rough.

PM Drew added, “His kindness was noted as a sponsor for the St. Peter’s football team many years ago. The members of that team still speak to it.” 

“As the years went by, I met him as a stalwart of the SKNLP. He never wavered in his support, whether in or out of government. On behalf of my family and I, as well as the Government and people of our beloved Federation and the SKNLP, I take this opportunity to extend deepest condolences to his family and friends,”said the prime minister.