Crash victim laid to rest

Cayman crash victim Kate Clayton was laid to rest last week as family and friends on both sides of the Atlantic gathered to remember her life.

A convoy of motorcycles led a funeral procession in Southampton, England, while friends gathered at Tukka restaurant in East End on Grand Cayman, to raise a toast to the 30-year-old dive industry worker.

Ms. Clayton, who worked for Tortuga Divers in Cayman, was buried in a personalized coffin that celebrated her twin passions of scuba diving and motorcycles.

Her mother Jo Clayton said more than 200 people attended the March 6 service.

“The ceremony was very touching and personalized to Kate, emphasizing how much of an inspiration she was and how she touched the hearts of all she met in so many ways,” she said.

“Many people have said she was such a pleasure to be around and a great inspiration. Kate crammed a lot into her young years and wasn’t afraid to try new things, living life as she saw fit.”

Billy Coats, a close friend of Ms. Clayton’s in Cayman, said a separate celebration of her life was held at Tukka Restaurant on Feb. 28.

“She met a lot of people and made a lot of friends in just over a year,” Mr. Coats said. “You only had to meet that girl once and you would remember her. It’s a massive loss.”

Ron Hargrave, owner of Tukka, said he had hosted the celebration to allow friends in Cayman to share pictures and memories of Ms. Clayton, who he said was a personal friend.

“It has left a very big hole of emotion throughout Cayman and especially East End,” he said. “Everyone who knew Kate just loved her.

“With every tragedy, there is reflection, understanding and ultimately farewell. It was awesome for all that knew her to spend a night to reflect and remember through photos and pictures just how she was in real life.” Ms. Clayton suffered serious head injuries after her Jeep Wrangler careered off the road and collided with a tree on Jan. 11.

She was flown to England on Feb. 8 after her family chartered an air ambulance, but died in hospital 10 days later.

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Kate Clayton’s coffin was personalized with images of her life in Cayman. She was laid to rest on March 6.
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