(CMR) William “Bill” McTaggart, the father of opposition leader Roy McTaggart and founder of Uncle Bill's, has died.
Mr. McTaggart, affectionately known as “Uncle Bill,” was a respected Caymanian entrepreneur best known for his business founded in 1964.
Mr. McTaggart, who often dressed as Santa Claus at Christmas, handing out toys to children, was also known for his community service. He was a stalwart member of the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman and was involved in numerous community projects and programs for many decades.
Members of the Progressives Party are among numerous Caymanians who have expressed sadness at his passing.
Sir Alden McLaughlin, Progressives Party Chairman, said, “Like so many across these Islands, I am saddened at the sudden passing of Mr. William (Bill) McTaggart, also known fondly as ‘Uncle Bill.'”
He said, “Uncle Bill was one of that generation of iconic Caymanians whose entrepreneurial spirit and community-mindedness helped shape the Cayman we enjoy today.”
“Uncle Bill was well known and much loved for his jovial nature, generosity, and community spiritedness. Although he was engaged full-time in building the successful business which now bears his name, he still devoted much of his life to community service,” Mr. McLaughlin added.
He said one of my favorite childhood memories is of Christmas time when Uncle Bill would dress as Santa Claus with Mr. Graham Thompson as the Clown arriving at the airport on the Cayman Airways DC 3 to distribute candies to hundreds of excited children.
“Today, Cayman has lost a true pillar of the community. He was a man who loved his country and people profoundly and contributed generously of his time and means to make the lives of others happier and better,” Sir Alden said.