Daughter of former police commissioner returns to marry

Zoe and Vince Butcher got married last week after Zoe returned to Cayman, where she spent part of her childhood and where her father, Ron Pocock, was police commissioner. – PHOTO: Juliette Heath

Having once called Cayman home, Zoe Butcher, daughter of former police commissioner, the late Ronald “Ron” Francis Pocock, returned to the island for the first time after more than 40 years for her wedding at Surfers Beach in South Sound last week.

Former Police Commissioner Ron Pocock. – Photo: Courtesy of Zoe Butcher
Former Police Commissioner Ron Pocock. – Photo: Courtesy of Zoe Butcher

Mrs. Butcher said her father served as head of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service from 1968 to 1975.

“I was here when younger with my mum and dad and [as] they’re no longer alive, we thought it would be a nice thing to come back and get married in a place that meant a lot,” Mrs. Butcher said.

Commissioner Pocock’s wife (and Mrs. Butcher’s mother), Joan Pocock, worked in the government’s finance and development department for two years, and then as a secretary in the governor’s office for four years.

After his stint serving as police commissioner in Cayman, Mr. Pocock and his family, including Zoe, then aged 8, moved to Miami, Florida before moving back to England. He never returned to work in the police force. Instead, life for the ex-commissioner entailed traveling to Ghana in Africa to work in management at Obuasi Gold Mine. He also ran a few of his own businesses.

“From what I remember,” said Mrs. Butcher of her father’s social life, “he always on the golf course.”

Mr. Pocock, originally from Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, passed away, at the age of 65, in 1995.

“He’s now buried in Ascot, in Berkshire,” said Mrs. Butcher. Her mother has also passed away.

Mrs. Butcher, owner of a pet business, and Mr. Butcher, a development manager, have been together for five-and-a-half years, and have five children between them.

The couple, who said they met on an Internet dating site, got engaged on a trip to New York, on top of the Rockefeller Center, in February last year.

“I got down on one knee in front of a lot of Japanese tourists taking photos, and it was snowing at the time,” said Mr. Butcher. “And she looked at me and said ‘What’re you doing down there?’ And, thankfully, she said yes.”

On Wednesday, May 18, Rev. Donovan Myers officiated their wedding at Surfers Beach, with a reception at The White House.

The wedding was planned by Juliette Heath of Five Star Events Cayman.

Having arrived on May 13, the couple explored the island where Mrs. Butcher had once lived, paying visits to attractions such as Rum Point, Stingray City, and the Turtle Farm.

They also visited the Lobster Pot.

“It was sentimental [visiting the Lobster Pot] because I remember my mom and dad sitting at the bar. And I would sneak to the kitchen and see what they’re doing,” Mrs. Butcher recalled. But it was a visit to the Cayman Islands National Museum the night after they arrived in Cayman that kick-started the trip down memory lane.

“It was a Saturday, we went to the National Museum, and we believed there is a photo in the museum that they use as part of their backdrop in a video, and it very much looked like a picture of Zoe’s dad,” said Mr. Butcher. “There was a person coming down the stairs of the building, apparently which was used a courthouse and other things, and it looked like a picture of what Zoe has of her dad.”

“And so I said [to Zoe] ‘that looks like your dad,’” he said. “The pair of us started Googling while we were here and found some information.”

Among the information they found online was a comment referring to her father by a reader, Chris Johnson, on a March 30 Cayman Compass editorial about the impending departure of current Police Commissioner David Baines.

“I didn’t think there would be anyone on the island that remembered [my dad] or maybe would be alive,” said Mrs. Butcher. “We would research [back] home [about my dad] but we didn’t really come across anything.”

They contacted Mr. Johnson, who turned out to be an old friend of Mr. Pocock, and met him on Friday.

The couple leaves for England on Monday evening.