Dr. Hortor’s grave gets headstone

Where once was a blank, white slab of cement, a headstone now marks the resting spot of Dr. William Alfred Conrad Hortor, a medical doctor who served Cayman from the mid-1930s until his death in 1961 at the age of 64.

To honor his memory, members of the public, especially those who donated to purchase the headstone for the late doctor, are invited to view the recently installed marker at the West Bay cemetery on Monday, Nov. 26, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Kenrick Welds and Betty Ebanks had been trying for years to raise the funds to recognize and memorialize the doctor’s grave, which finally came through a couple of months ago.

Churchill’s Funeral Home placed the headstone on Dr. Hortor’s grave at the West Bay Cemetery just over a week ago.

“It has been a hard battle …. I didn’t figure to get something done for him would be as hard as it was. This is not the Cayman I grew up in, I know that much,” Mr. Welds said.

He said he is appreciative of the people who donated money to help pay for the tombstone.

Mr. Welds hopes that people will visit the grave in Dr. Hortor’s memory.

Dr. Hortor, who hailed from England, was among the early pioneers of medicine who was honored in the 2015 Heroes Day. His name is also included in the Wall of Honor in Heroes Square in George Town, which was unveiled during the Cayman Islands Quincentennial celebrations in 2003.

He arrived in Grand Cayman in 1936 on board the Cimboco from Jamaica and remained in Cayman for the rest of his life.

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