Friends and family will be celebrating the life of the late Gladys Bravenec Howard this week in Little Cayman, with a memorial service and a parade.
Ms. Howard, who died in early October at the age of 83, was the owner of Pirates Point Resort, which she bought in 1986.
Ms. Howard’s daughter Susan, who has taken over the reins at the resort, noted the upcoming events are all transpiring according to her mother’s wishes.
“My mother wanted a parade and a party to celebrate her life, and she even picked the theme,” she said.
An avid environmental advocate and International Scuba Hall of Fame inductee, Ms. Howard was also a chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu and la Varenne cooking schools in France. It’s no surprise, then, that under her leadership the boutique resort became a favorite for both divers and epicures in the know.
A formal church memorial will be held at the Little Cayman Baptist Church on Thursday at 6 p.m. Then, on Friday, a street parade with a costume theme of “Wild & Wacky” begins at 5 p.m. at Southern Cross Club. The events will culminate at Pirates Point with a party, featuring an open house buffet with cash bar and music until 10 p.m.
Susan Howard said the resort is fully booked with many guests visiting just for the occasion, and many other visitors, including former staff, staying with friends and at other lodgings to attend the celebrations.
The formal memorial service will be led by the Brac’s Audley Scott, a familiar face at Pirates Point where he has officiated numerous weddings over the years. Sister Islands MLA and Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell will also be sharing early memories of Ms. Howard, as will her fellow tourism pioneer Suzy Soto.
The Sister Islands Tourism Association will also be presenting a plaque in Ms. Howard’s honor.
Susan Howard noted that the festive tone of the memorial events is something she knows her outgoing mother would have approved of wholeheartedly.
“We are looking forward to welcoming all who come to Little Cayman to attend the memorial and parade. She was definitely beloved,” she said.