Businessman Michael A. Brown, of Mike’s Ice, passed away Saturday morning at the Cayman Islands Hospital.
Although Mr. Brown, 68, had been battling illness for some time, his family said he passed away suddenly after being transported to the hospital.
Mr. Brown leaves behind his wife of 44 years, Jo Anne, who runs Celebrations events company, daughters Amanda and Kristin, son Jason, and six grandchildren.
Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, Mr. Brown moved to the Cayman Islands in 1972. He and his father Topper Brown started Mike’s Ice, Cayman’s first ice plant, on Walkers Road in December that year.
Mr. Brown was also the proprietor of two gas stations and co-founder of his son Jason’s business, Island Waste Carrier.
Jason Brown said his father “enriched and changed so many people’s lives for the better” through his work.
In a letter to his dad, written after his passing, he described his father as a “pioneer in your field and master of your trade,” saying he was the godfather of the air conditioning and refrigeration trades in the Cayman Islands.
“I’m so proud of all your achievements and even in the face of adversity, you fought like a champion with class and dignity,” he wrote.
In the letter, he described the family’s last night with Mr. Brown, on Friday, at which he presented his father with a photo of the Walkers Road ice factory.
“You so loved to entertain and you were doing just that before you left us. You were the happiest I have seen you in ages last night and I find comfort in that your last night you danced the night away,” he wrote.
His family said Mr. Brown was also known for his charitable spirit, oftentimes donating anonymously.
Details of the funeral service for Mr. Brown will be announced at a later date, the family advised.