(CMR) A well-known educator in the US who was one of the first students to attend Triple C School, Mark A. Panton, passed away recently. Mr. Panton, who was born in George Town, Grand Cayman, in 1931, was in Triple C's first graduating class of 1947.
The former educator was the 8th child of Ashford and Phyllis Panton (née Coe). He left the Cayman Islands to attend university in Indiana and, in 1952, graduated with a BA in English, then earned an MA degree in Political Science from Ball State University.
He moved to Chicago and taught high school in northern Indiana for 14 years. He went on to teach high school on the Space Coast of Florida, moving to Ft. Lauderdale and subsequently back to the Cayman Islands in 1977.
He met his first wife, who was vacationing on the Cayman Islands. They married in St. Louis in 1980. They returned to Grand Cayman and remodeled the family home in George Town, where they lived until 1991.
Mark Panton met the love of his life, Helen Norfleet of Memphis, Tennessee, in 2004. He was welcomed into her family by his stepchildren and grandchildren. He enjoyed many social activities with family and friends and loved being in the US and Memphis.
Mr. Panton, who was laid to rest earlier this month, is remembered as a friend to all and for his pleasant personality.