Norberg Kelvin Thompson Sr. was born in George Town, Grand Cayman, to Capt. and Mrs. Eugene Thompson on March 28, 1925, and grew up in this same district. He was united in marriage to Mary Virginia Merren, who was born in George Town on Nov. 16, 1931, to George and Rose (Arch) Merren whose families were also developers of the Cayman Islands.
Norberg was a seaman for many years but decided he wanted to spend the rest of his life in the country where he was born and raised. In 1954, he built Wholesome Bakery which is now where the commercial Waterfront Centre building is located. This property was given to him by his father, so, it has been in the hands of the same family for almost a century.
As soon as Norberg became successful as a businessman with Wholesome Bakery, he went into other projects such as building many apartments to house both tourists and expats who would need accommodations. In addition to being one of the founders of Cayman National Bank and WestStar TV, which brought television to Cayman, he also developed two shopping centers, several office buildings, redeveloped the Clarion Grand Pavilion hotel (which later became Grand Pavilion Commercial Centre) and developed the Wyndham Reef Resort. Norberg and I were joint owners of all our properties and once my husband passed away, I became the sole proprietor.
While we welcome expatriates from all countries to Cayman (some of which have become what we call “paper Caymanians”) and have lived very peacefully together, there are some who have come to conclude they have priority over born Caymanians.
Mr. Chris Johnson is making a disturbance because of a building that we are legally erecting on our long held property, which when completed, will be another benefit to tourism.
While my husband and I are born Caymanians and are some of the largest Caymanian developers, it appears that Mr. Johnson is not satisfied by the decision granted by a board comprised of Caymanians (the Cayman Islands Central Planning Authority), and now seeks to have priority and impose his will over born Caymanians, who have done much to develop our country which has afforded many expats like him the opportunity to gain work and the right to live here in Cayman today.
We welcome everyone with open arms, but we expect due respect when Caymanians choose to legally develop their own land in their country. Thanking all expats who have contributed to this country, but please bear in mind that we Caymanians are the reason why you are here among us enjoying our lifestyle and the friendliness of our people and we would kindly ask that you respect us, too.