Cayman Brac has lost another one of its prominent citizens and stalwarts of the community.
Alva “Billy” Bodden passed away 13 Nov. in the presence of his family. He was 81.
At the Aston Rutty Centre, tributes were paid to Bodden by his family, the Veterans and Seamans Association, Lions Club members and government officials.
The obituary was read by Deputy Premier Moses Kirkconnell.
As most persons born in his generation, Bodden understood the importance and value of the land and sea, and he, like many others, worked both from a tender age to support his family.
By the age of 14 Bodden had left school and was gainfully employed in Grand Cayman, using his wages to assist his mother and younger sibling, all of whom still reside in Little Cayman.
He signed up with National Bulk Carriers at the age of 16.
After returning from the sea Bodden married Shirley Mae Scott, he was 22 at that time.
Together they started a small grocery story and restaurant business in West End, Cayman Brac that provided staples and food to the local community.
Bodden’s supermarket grew from a small general story to the largest supermarket on the island.
While he loved most of his life in Cayman Brac, Bodden never forget his roots and returned to Little Cayman in 2015.
Bodden is survived by his wife, five daughters, two sisters, two brothers, twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.