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Caymanian leader honour a beloved former Governor who passed away on Monday 4 July.

Thomas Russell served as Governor from 1974 to 1981 and is fondly remembered for a low-key, friendly approach to the office, which gave wide latitude to the elected assemblymen of that time.

UCCI President Roy Bodden said he will remember the former governor as friendly man who was not afraid to share common ground with anyone.

“Mr. Russell went to visit the district went to spend a courtesy call on this old man who was in his hammock and the old man said you know Governor I got a little something here that I would like to share and you have to keep it a secret so Mr. Russell being the kind of gentleman he was and with a sense of humor said well I tell you what, If you pour me one I’ll have one and if you won’t tell I won’t tell,”

Deputy Governor and family friend Hon. Franz Manderson also spoke about the late governor’s warm-hearted personality which led him to help people throughout Cayman of all ages and positions.

Flags in Cayman will fly at half-staff for the next two days in Mr. Russell’s  honor.

Funeral arrangements in Scotland have not yet been announced.

A world war two veteran, with honours that included an Officer of British Empire (OBE) and Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE), former governor Thomas Russell was 96 years old.



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Mario Grey

Mario Grey

Mario Grey's passion for journalism has been long intertwined with his love of people and culture from his days as a youth growing up in the Cayman Islands. He captained his debate team whilst at John Gray High School and graduated as Head Prefect. He also worked at KVHU FM in Searcy, Arkansas, United States and worked and interned for Radio Cayman News before graduating from the University Of Arkansas at Little Rock in May 2015.

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