November 28, 2023

Cayman: The Council of Older Persons mourns loss of Council Member

Mr Conolly poses for a photo in 2019 when he was one of the Older Persons Month Ambassadors

Friday, 21 July 2023 – It is with profound sadness that the Council of Older Persons (the Council) sadly announces the loss of one of its stalwart Members, Mr. Hermon Howard McFarlane (“Mac”) Conolly. Mr. Conolly was appointed to the Council in November 2020 and served as its representative for the district of East End until his unexpected passing. As a Member of the Council, Mr. Conolly played a critical role in enhancing the quality of life for all older persons in the community.

“The Council is deeply saddened and shocked to learn about the sudden and untimely passing of Mr. Conolly on Monday, 17 July 2023. It is an immense loss for his family, the Council and the community as a whole,” said Ms Lucille Seymour – Council Chairperson.

“Mac, as he was affectionately known, was an integral part of the Council and helped to advocate for and raise awareness to better the lives of our elderly community,” she continued.

Mr. Connolly will also be remembered for his time as Chair on the Cayman Islands National Conservation Council (NCC), and the Cayman Islands Mission Council of the United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He also served as Officer in the General Elections in 2013, 2017 and 2021.

Premier and Minister for Sustainability & Climate Resiliency Hon. Wayne Panton said Mr. Conolly was one of the first members appointed to the NCC in 2014 and served continuously as a member until he was appointed Chairman in 2018, a role he held until February 2023.

“Mac represented his beloved district of East End with a deep sense of pride, wisdom and unwavering faith. He was a calm and consistent voice of common sense, intent on doing his part to ensure the Cayman Islands could advance thoughtfully and in harmony with nature, harkening back to the way earlier generations of Caymanians interacted with, depended on and respected their natural environment. On behalf of the Cayman Islands Government, I would like to extend prayers for God’s presence

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