Mr. Jefferson mourned

The first Leader of Government Business in the Cayman Islands, Thomas C. Jefferson, has died in Miami.

Mr. Jefferson, of West Bay, served in the Cayman Islands Civil Service for 21 years, including time in the Portfolio of Finance and Development and a brief period as Principal Secretary for Health Education and Social Services.

He became Financial Secretary (1982-1992) during which time the Cayman Islands became the fifth largest banking centre in the world, a position surveyed and published by Euromoney magazine in 1989.

He was head of the Civil Service (1986-1992) and acted as Governor of the Cayman Islands on many occasions. He also served as a member on many government boards and committees.

Mr. Jefferson was chairman of the Currency Board and the Finance Committee in the Legislature and as Financial Secretary was responsible for budget presentation to the Legislative Assembly.

He retired in 1992 to run as an elected member to the Legislative Assembly.

Following a successful election he became a member of the LA and became the first Leader of Government Business and served as the Minister of Tourism for eight years (1992-2000).

He was appointed a Justice of the Peace in 1978 and awarded the Order of the British Empire by her Majesty the Queen in 1986.

Mr. Jefferson was also strongly involved in community work.

He served as chairman of the Catholic Parish Pastoral Council from 2001-2004 and worshipped at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church in West Bay where he served as usher, lecturer and Eucharistic minister.

His community work included serving as an officer of the Jaycees, which earned him the Paul Harris Fellow award from Rotary International, and an honorary Lion.

He and his wife Bette made their home in West Bay where he was born. They had three sons, Stephen, Joel and Todd.

Funeral service arrangements have not been announced.

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