Cayman has lost a prominent businessman and avid farmer. Kent Rankin affectionately known as “Biggie” died at the age of 71. To many, he was a pioneer in the development of the country.
Mr Rankin was the owner of the Paramount Group and his family released a statement on his death today (29 March).
“Over the past two years, Biggie has been battling Cancer. Last night (28 March) he passed away peacefully and painlessly at his residence in Bodden Town.”
Government has also expressed condolences on Mr. Rankin’s death. A statement from the Office of the Premier reads, “Biggie, as he was known to us, was a giant of a man in business playing a huge role in the Paramount Group of companies, construction and farming in the Cayman Islands. There are many Caymanians who can credit Mr. Rankin with helping them get their starts in their careers.”
Leader of the Opposition Hon. McKeeva Bush also expressed his condolences. Mr. Bush wrote on Facebook, “I wish my friend peace in the arms of the Lord. His legacy will forever live through the empire he built with Mrs. Ruth Rankin in the form of their beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and that is how success is truly measured.”
A family member of Mr. Rankin confirmed that Biggie has been survived by his wife, Ruth; his children, Gary, David, Kenny, Paul, Albert, Sophia, Haymon, and Kendra; as well as 16 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday 2 April at the Church of God (Universal) on Walkers Road.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Cayman Islands Cancer Society and or Cayman Hospice Care.