Statement by Governor Richards on the Passing of Ian Valz

The Passing of a Cultural Icon

On behalf of the people and Island Government of Sint Maarten, I express our deepest sympathy to the family and friends on the passing of Ian Michael Valz. 

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Ian as he was affectionately and popularly known to all was a leading Caribbean playwright with his most recent award winning film the Panman, Rhythms of the Palm.

Ian’s contributions to the performing arts not only excited Sint Maarteners, but he also had the Caribbean region spellbound by his talent for the arts.

Ian made his mark on the performing arts: drama and the cultural landscape of our nation.

Through his long dedication and selfless service, he came to be recognized as an icon in his own right.

For his service and accomplishments Ian received a Royal decoration as "Knight In the Order of Orange Nassau," in 2006.

Ian Valz contribution and dedicated service has no doubt impacted on the lives of many Sint Maarteners especially those who worked closely with him and those who had the opportunity to know him.

May his soul rest in peace.

Franklyn Richards,

Governor of the Island Territory of Sint Maarten