March 6, 2021

Cayman Islands Chief Justice releases statement upon death of Richard De Lacy QC

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“On behalf of the Cayman Islands Judiciary, I extend deepest condolences to the family and friends of our brother Richard De Lacy QC, on his sudden passing,” he said. “Ever since his first appearances before our Courts,  it was immediately apparent that the practice of law in the Islands would be enhanced by Richard’s presence. His wealth of knowledge and experience coupled with a formidable intellect but calm and kind manner made him an ideal advocate, one whose appearance before the courts was always welcomed by the judges with a true sense of equanimity.

“We knew that we could trust and rely upon his research and arguments, assured that they were always of the highest caliber and presented in keeping with the uncompromising standards of his calling. Richard enjoyed the wide respect and admiration of his professional colleagues. This was apparent for instance, from his role as a founding member of the Cayman Association of Recovery and Insolvency Specialists and his work as a focal member of that body’s education committee.

“He readily also gave of his time and talents in service of the wider community and is well known and loved for his roles in local stage productions as a musician and dramatist.

I had the privilege also of getting to know Richard as a fellow congregant of St George’s Anglican Church where he was a devout member and chorister and where he will be deeply missed”.

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EDITOR: I am deeply shocked at Richard’s death. I knew him personally both as a friend and business. I saw him regularly at St George’s Anglican Church where he sang on the choir and on various committees. The knew he had been ill but he seemed very optimistic at his recovery. I last saw him at an Anniversary concert  for the Cayman National Choir where he was playing his viola with the Cayman National Orchestra. We had a long ‘natter’ and he was his normal cheerful self. I am so pleased that is my last memory of you, Richard. You are in God’s loving care.

I understand his memorial service will be in England where he was born.

Richard is survived by three children, Barbara, Edward and Philippa, and by a grandson, Felix.

– Colin Wilson

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