Following a protracted illness, Pamela Hart, a well-known philanthropist who gave of her time as well as her resources, passed away peacefully Friday at the family’s home in South Sound.
Mrs. Hart served on several community boards and for many years was a chief benefactor of the Cayman Islands Humane Society. She also founded and funded “Feline Friends” to address issues with Cayman’s burgeoning cat population.
In Jamaica, Mrs. Hart led the charge in the restoration and revival of historic Port Royal. She also played an important role in “Things Jamaican,” an effort to help local craftsmen to produce and market their goods.
In Cayman, Mrs. Hart set the standard for bringing elegance and grace not only to the many galas she organized, but also to the social life of the island. An invitation to the Hart dinner table for one of Mrs. Hart’s salon-style evenings was one of the most coveted among politicians, attorneys, international businesspeople, artists and writers, and entertainers.
Mrs. Hart was extremely creative, artistic and talented in her own right.
She loved flowers and was recognized with multiple awards at the Cayman Flower Show for her garden and flower arrangements.
Mrs. Hart’s brother, Edward Seaga, served as prime minister of Jamaica from 1980 to 1989, and Leader of the Jamaica Labour Party from 1974 to 2005. He also served as leader of the opposition from 1974 to 1980 and again from 1989 until January 2005.
Mrs. Hart’s husband of 37 years, the Hon. Hugh C. Hart, is a prominent international attorney, developer and businessman. He served as a member of the Jamaican Senate between 1980-1993, as minister of Mining and Energy between 1983 and 1989, and as Minister of Tourism between 1984 and 1989.
The Harts have two grown children living in Grand Cayman, Justin, an attorney, and Belinda Murphy, a businesswoman active in managing the family’s affairs.
Service arrangements will be announced at a later date.