(CMR) Former Governor Michael John Edward Gore, who served as the Governor of the Cayman Islands from 1992 until 1995, has died.
Mr. Gore was Governor when Her Majesty The Queen visited the Cayman Islands in 1994, meeting Her Majesty off Royal Yacht Britannia alongside his wife, Monica.
In expressing sadness at the death of Mr. Gore, Governor Martyn Roper said, “Governor Gore was passionate about the environment and biodiversity.”
“As a keen birder, he was instrumental in securing the land, which is now Governor Michael Gore's Bird Sanctuary in Spotts, which is owned by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands and serves as an urban oasis for waterfowl and other birds. He also opened the boardwalk at Tarpon Lake on Little Cayman in 1995,” he added.
“On behalf of everyone in the Cayman Islands, I send my deepest condolences to Governor Gore's wife Monica, family, and friends at this sad time,” Mr. Roper said.
Premier Wayne Panton also expressed condolences to Mr. Gore's family, stating that Mr. Gore was a friend of the Cayman Islands who served the islands well.
“It saddens me and the people of the Cayman Islands to learn of the passing of former Governor of the Cayman Islands Michael Edward John Gore,” he said.
Mr. Panton recalled that in his 1993 Throne Speech, Mr. Gore said, “Cayman is one of the more fortunate countries in the world with a standard of living and, perhaps even more important, a quality of life second to none. I should like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the churches of all denominations who look after our spiritual well-being and serve the community in so many ways, to the voluntary organizations who look after those less able to look after themselves or concern themselves in areas which are outside the scope of Government, and to all residents who contribute to make the Cayman Islands such a wonderful place in which to live.”
The premier said, “The contributions of Gov. Gore to our country are immense and we remember him when we observe the Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary, which contains the freshwater marshes of the Spotts-Newlands area which is a roosting and breeding habitat for several freshwater bird species.
As a matter of respect, the Union Flag and the Cayman Islands Flag are being flown at half-mast today and will fly at half-mast again on the day of his funeral or the day before if it falls on a weekend.