Caymanian innovator, visionary dies

 One of Cayman’s pioneers in
business, a celebrated former member of EXCO and a founding father of commerce
in the Islands’ society has passed away.

 Captain Charles Kirkconnell died at roughly
8pm on Thursday, 18 February, after a long illness.

Family member and MLA for the
Sister Islands Moses Kirkconnell said Captain Charles had been at the South
Miami Hospital in Florida but the decision was made to airlift him home last

“It was not unexpected but it
happened quicker than we thought it would,” said Mr. Kirkconnell.

He added that the family would be
making a formal statement later today.

A dear friend of Captain Charles’
and a man too seen as a pillar in the business community of the Cayman Islands,
Mr. Linton Tibbetts, commented on the passing of the man he called his “best

“I hardly slept last night just
thinking about times gone by.

“During World War II, we were
separated for a while because he was captaining ships and I was in the US, but
after that time we always stayed very close.”

The two men, along with several
others, also launched Cayman Brac Power and Light among their many accomplishments

Mr. Tibbetts added that he had been
speaking with Captain Charles every week during his treatment in Miami and
thought he might get better but somehow he took a turn for the worse.

He said he was in Little Cayman at
the moment but would be returning to Grand Cayman for arrangements when they
are announced. 

As word of the Captain’s death
spreads throughout the Cayman Islands, the reaction has been that of great sadness;
although the weight of his passing has been tempered by the fact that he had
been ailing for some time, say his loved ones.

They said the Cayman Islands has
lost a treasure of a man and they were blessed to have him while they did.  

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  1. The passing of Captain Charles Kirkconnell is an important page in the history of the Cayman Islands. Charles was a good man. He was a generous man who loved his family and his country and provided opportunities for others whenever possible. He was an honest man who always demonstrated the highest integrity. Captain Charles will be missed for a very long time. May he rest in peace and reap his reward in Heaven for a life well lived.

  2. Cayman has lost a True Statesman. Captain Charles leaves a legacy of leadership that focused on improving the standard of living for all Caymanians. He modeled a work ethic and Christian values that we all respected, and were proud to have him represent us as a member of EXCO. He is truly a National Hero.