Co-workers of Westmore “West” Walker, who died over the weekend in an apparent drowning, remember him as happy and hard working in his new job as a delivery driver at the Cayman Islands Brewery. He was eight days shy of his 29th birthday.
Snorkelers discovered Mr. Walker’s body about 650 feet from shore off Tiki Beach on Sunday afternoon, according to police. Raymond Christian of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service said the man’s clothes and car were found nearby and officers do not believe foul play was involved. He said police are still investigating.
Police say Mr. Walker, a Jamaican national living in Grand Cayman, was last seen Saturday morning.
Mr. Walker had started a new job as a delivery driver for the brewery about three months ago, said John Parsons with Cayman Islands Brewery. “He was a very quiet, humble young man,” Mr. Parsons said. “He was always ready to do the job.”
He arrived five minutes early for work on his first day, Mr. Parsons said, and from then on “he was always five minutes early to work.”
He said he had talked to Mr. Walker for about five minutes Friday night by phone before Mr. Walker was off work for the weekend.
Matthew Leslie of Cayman Islands Brewery remembered Mr. Walker as “eager to work and very enthusiastic about the job.”
He also said Mr. Walker “was a very quiet, well-mannered young man.”
“We’re a pretty close-knit family at the brewery,” Mr. Leslie said. “This is about as big a shock as we can get.”
JR Cameron, also with Cayman Islands Brewery, said Mr. Walker “was probably one of the nicest guys we’ve had working with us.”
Mr. Walker is survived by a sister living on island, and the rest of his family in Jamaica. He would have turned 29 on Dec. 21.
Mr. Walker’s death is Cayman’s 15th water-related fatality this year.