Government officials, representatives of voluntary organisations, relatives, friends and a host of persons from all walks of life gathered Sunday to pay final respects to Sybil Joyce Hylton, celebrating a life of service in the field of social welfare in the Cayman Islands.
Paying tribute on behalf of the Government and the people of the Cayman Islands to the life and work of the 93-year-old former public servant and life-time community volunteer, Kurt Tibbetts, Leader of Government Business, classed Miss Joyce as among the ‘most outstanding examples of positive and involved citizenry.
‘Saying that her ‘remarkable life had a large and lasting impact on the young people of these Islands,’ Mr. Tibbetts said that Miss Joyce had ‘made a difference in this country not only through her devotion as a probation and welfare officer, but also as an unparalleled and untiring volunteer. Indeed, her work day – if one could call it that – was never finished.’
Appealing to those attending to emulate her efforts, Mr. Tibbetts said: ‘I represent a grateful nation today as I say, ‘Thank you, Miss Joyce. Thank you for everything you did.’ ‘
Others paying tribute included the Hon. McKeeva Bush, Leader of the Opposition, along with representatives of a number of voluntary organisations, led by the Lions Club of Grand Cayman and of Tropical Gardens, the Scouts, the Young Parents Programme. Mrs. Angela Martins, a cousin of Miss Joyce, read a tribute on behalf of adopted son Mike Simmons as well as paying her own homage to a mentor and role model.
Officiating ministers included Pastor John Macmillan; Pastor James Arch, and Pastor Al Ebanks.
Miss Joyce was born on 25 August, 1913, and passed away peacefully on 1 October, 2006. Internment was at the Dixie Cemetery.