(CMR) Chairman of the National Conservation Council McFarlane “Mac” Conolly (70) has died. He reportedly died Monday afternoon, 17 July, at Colliers Beach, East End.
Reports from the police are that shortly after 3:10 pm on Monday, officers responded to a report of a person in distress on the shore off Austin Conolly Drive in East End. It was reported that a man, who CMR learned was Conolly, had been in the water snorkeling when he experienced difficulties.
He was assisted back to shore by family and members of the public, who administered CPR until the arrival of emergency services. He was transported to hospital by ambulance and subsequently pronounced dead.
Conolly, a retired banker who believed in service to others above self, devoted his life to helping others not only in his community but throughout Grand Cayman. He believed that each person can make a positive difference to make the world a better place.
As chairman of the NCC, he believed in protecting the environment to preserve the beautiful Cayman Islands.
He was considered the consummate jack-of-all-trades, carrying out work in plumbing, electrical, building, and mechanical issues.
Conolly would often repair water pumps and heaters, install fans, fix appliances, help with cement work, repair roofs, and other home maintenance tasks. No matter how big the task is, he would successfully tackle it.
He was also a committed Christian, who studied the Word to effectively witness and to further assist others, which he considered his most important duty. Conolly also facilitated Bible study with small groups in several districts. He would often supply Bibles to these groups and those he witness to.
Conolly was also known for his honesty, integrity, approachability, and non-judgemental personality, and would often mediate situations with individuals or families with difficulties.