February 19, 2020

Cayman: Official Funeral to be held for First Governor


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Former Governor, Mr Athelstan Long, to be honoured at Official Funeral.

·         Official Funeral and Interment open to the public.

GRAND CAYMAN (GIS) – On Wednesday, 14th August, an Official Funeral will be held to commemorate the life of the Cayman Islands’ first Governor, Mr Athelstan Charles Ethelwulf Long, CMG, CBE, MBE.

The Official Funeral, which is open to the public, will be held at the Cayman Islands Baptist Church, Pedro Castle Rd, Savannah with the Interment to follow at Eden Cemetery (across from Pedro St. James).

[The time of the funeral was previously announced as 1pm.]

Given his status as former governor, Mr Long, who passed away on 11st August 2019, is entitled to receive an Official Funeral.  The commemorative service will feature a guard of honour, flags at half-mast and a 21 gun salute by the graveside. Mr Long served as Governor from 1968 – 1971. 

All flags are to be flown at half-mast from Monday, 12th August until Tuesday, 13th August to mark the official period of mourning.

The Protocol Office is currently working closely with his family and the special Ceremonials Committee to coordinate the event. 

 Members of the public are also invited to pay their respects by signing an official book of condolence which is now available at the main entrance of the Government Administration Building until Wednesday, 14th August 2019, close of business.

 Only current and former post-holders of the most senior public service positions are entitled to receive this honour. Official funerals are held for the Governor, the Premier and former Leaders of Government Business, the Chief Justice, the Speaker, as well as the Deputy Governor.

The hearse carrying Mr Long will precede a processional police march and attendees from the church to Eden Cemetery.

“Mr Long was well known and deeply respected throughout this community for his humility, authenticity and commitment to service.   He accomplished much during his tenure as the first Governor and last Administrator of our islands.  The Cayman Islands was truly his home therefore it is fitting that the country should mark his passing in this way and I invite members of the public to join us on Wednesday afternoon as we honour a life well lived.” remarked Mr Samuel Rose, JP – Cabinet Secretary.

The official funeral will be rebroadcast on CIGTV20 at a date to be announced.


Photo caption

The Honourable Premier signs Book of Condolence.

His Excellency the Governor signs Book of Condolence. 

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