Seaman celebrates 100th birthday

A Caymanian seaman celebrated his 100th birthday on Thursday with his Caymanian and Panamanian families. 

McNeil DaCosta Connolly, who moved from Cayman to Panama when he was 14, but kept up close ties with the Cayman Islands over the years, laughed and chatted with his Caymanian family over the phone as his Panamanian family sang and cut his birthday cake. 

Mr. Connolly is the brother of Clarissa Bird from Walkers Road who passed away in September 2010.  

Mr. Connolly and his brother Edison went by ship to Panama with their father when he was a teenager. He worked in Panama to earn a living for their mother and sister who continued to live in Creek on Cayman Brac. Mr. Connolly visited his sister and her children in Grand Cayman on several occasions, and his Cayman relatives traveled to Panama often to see him and his family. 

His Caymanian family said they were pleasantly surprised to see him still up on his feet and walking with a stick he carved himself when they visited in the summer.  

They said he still recalls his days at sea and his childhood in Cayman childhood. 

Mr. Connolly married in his early 20s and he and his wife had two daughters, Olga and Clara. He has four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; they all live in Panama.  

In Cayman, he has two nieces, a nephew, four grand-nephews, five grand-nieces and several great-grand nieces and nephews. 

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  1. My name is Beulah Peart (maiden name Connolly)I wish to contact my family in Cayman Brac. Can anyone help.. PLEASE. My grandfather, Allen Connolly was born in Cayman Brac in 1889, he too was a seaman who died at age 98. My grandfather settle in Jamaica in the early 1920’s, he married Mary Anne Hill and they had 5 children. I loved him dearly and would be delighted to meet anyone related to him. If anyone could assist, please contact me at [email protected]. Thank you.

    Beulah