Close to 200 people turned out for a standing room only candlelight vigil Tuesday outside the government administration building in George Town to remember the life of 42-year-old Donald Green.
Mr. Green, the inspector for Cayman’s Liquor Licensing Board, was killed in a motorcycle accident 5 December near his home on Fern Circle.
Among those who turned out for Tuesday’s vigil were family and friends of Mr. Green, as well as his co-workers and officials from the Ministry of Tourism and the civil service.
There were several tributes, including one performed by Samuel Rose from the Tourism Ministry, and remembrances by Mr. Green’s wife and children.
‘Donald was my husband and Donald was my best friend,’ Toni Green said. ‘Some people thought Donald was really hard on them but Donald did his job — by the book.’
‘The ministry has a tough position coming up — finding someone to replace him,’ she said.
Chandel and Kanika Green presented a poem written by Chandel and read by Kanika.
Mr. Green’s son Donnie thanked everyone for coming and simply said: ‘Rest in peace dad.’
Other speakers told the gathered audience that Donald Green had a personality you’d remember, even if you’d only talked to him once or twice.
‘My uncle was the type of person who would walk into a room and light that entire room up,’ said a niece of Mr. Green’s. ‘I knew him for 25 years and in 25 years I think I saw him upset once, maybe twice.’
Co-workers said Mr. Green was quite a talkative guy, and recalled what they thought would be five minute conversations with him turning into hours-long discussions. They also remembered him as working tirelessly against underage drinking in Cayman.
Many Ministry of Tourism employees wore jazz fest shirts to the vigil in honour of Mr. Green who they said wore his jazz fest shirt to the office after the event was over because he liked the garment so much.
Weather conditions made it a bit tricky for everyone attending the event to light a candle, but presenters lit one on stage and asked attendees to light theirs when they got home in Mr. Green’s memory.
Funeral services for Donald Green are scheduled for Saturday, 11am at First Baptist Church.