Premier Wayne Panton and Governor, Martyn Roper have expressed their grief upon hearing of the passing of Sybil Ione McLaughlin MBE, JP (affectionately called Mrs Sybil), Cayman’s first female National Hero and the only living national hero of the Cayman Islands.
Mrs Sybil passed away peacefully this morning (May 10) at her home, surrounded by her family. She was 93.
Cayman Islands flags will be flown at half-mast to honour the commemoration of her life throughout today, Tuesday May 10 to Thursday May 12. She will be afforded the highest honours in the form of an Official Funeral, of which a date and time will be announced.
Mrs Sybil was granted the country’s highest honour in 1996 for her contributions to Cayman’s parliamentary development, as well as to the community. Among her outstanding achievements, she was appointed the first Speaker of the Legislative Assembly in 1991 and was the first female in the Commonwealth to hold the title of Clerk of the Legislative Assembly.
“The Cayman Islands has not only lost a National Hero, but a daughter of the soil, a stalwart believer in democracy, an example of a life well lived and a true friend,” said Premier, Wayne Panton.
Not long before her death, Mrs Sybil continued to be a beloved and active member of the community and a role model to many.
Cayman Islands governor, Martyn Roper has said that he is “deeply saddened” to hear of Mrs Sybil’s passing.
“She had a long and distinguished civil service career and made significant contributions to the development of Cayman’s parliamentary system,” said Governor Roper.
“Her determination broke many barriers for Caymanian women and opened the door for women to progress in the parliamentary field… I extend my sincere condolences to her family and by extension to everyone in the Cayman Islands for the loss of a National Hero.”