Sir Lee L. Moore
These glimpses into the life of a great son of the soil constitute more than some “rags, to riches” story, more than that of country -village boy making it big in the city and in the country at large. They provide an insight into the growth of a people, an evolution of a society from that of colonial destitution to one of proud independence, full of aspirations to being counted among the best in the world.
We begin with a scenario set in 1939, some months before the major nations of the world are plunged into an internecine war, creating social havoc for all, with utter shortages of food and medicine. That was when Lee Moore, known as Eugene in those days was born to his mother Daphne Moore and father William Penny.
St. Kitts was not untouched by the war. Food was scarce. Some of its citizens went into battle. There were alarums from time to time as enemy ships were sighted off the coast. Shipping between the islands was in a constant peril. Rural families engaged in farming plots of land in the mountains and eked an existence from the mango and the guava trees around the countryside.
Suffice it to say that this young boy survived the vicissitudes of the next twelve years, working his way through elementary school and winning a scholarship to attend the St. Kitts-Nevis Grammar School. Indeed during 1952, the year when Lee Moore entered the Grammar School, the principle of universal adult suffrage was realized, and the general elections of that year were conducted without qualifications of wealth or high social standing. The Labour Party was victorious against the Democratic Party.
In the wake of the 10th June 1967 events, the call came for Lee Moore to return to St. Kitts to join with Mr. Bradshaw and the other stalwarts to usher in the wind of change which had sprung up in Africa and was making a deliberate sweep across the world, including the Caribbean.
Whether it was a Public Relations Officer or Attorney General, or as third Premier of St. Kitts-Nevis, Sir Lee L. Moore, QC has made his sterling contribution to this country. Whether it was a legal draughtsman, powerful legal Advocate, Commissioner of Inquiry Consultant, or United Nations Diplomat, his influence has been felt regionally and worldwide.
We know his generous hand has reached out to many whose hearts are beating still. He has walked with kings and never lost the common touch. Sir Lee Llewellyn Moore, QC, son of the soil, a citizen of the world, we will always remember you.