Jack Jay Dittman, an American businessman best known in Grand Cayman for his decades-long ownership of the former Cayman Auto Parts store on Eastern Avenue and also Sand Castle Apartments in George Town, died last summer at his home in Jacksonville, Florida. He was 90.
Mr. Dittman, born 5 April, 1922, in Mineral Ridge, Ohio, was a World War Two veteran who served in the medical division in the United States Army. He later operated a pair of jewellery stores in downtown Jacksonville, which was where he learned of the Cayman Islands through conversations with Caymanian merchant sailors travelling overseas.
Mr. Dittman arrived in Grand Cayman in the late 1960s and pursued a number of business ventures on the largest of the three islands in the British Overseas Territory archipelago. Upon travelling frequently over the years to Grand Cayman from his home in Florida and spending weeks at a time to pursue business interests, Mr. Dittman grew especially fond of the Cayman Islands and its people.
Mr. Dittman was married to his wife, Anita, for 70 years. They had two daughters, Elaine Mack (Richard) and Arlene Dittman Schwartz (Gary). He had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Mr. Dittman is also survived by his brother, Morris Dittman.
Mr. Dittman died 9 August at his home and funeral services were held the following day at New Center Cemetery in Jacksonville.