Michael Edward John Gore, 86, passed away. He served as governor of the Cayman Islands from 1992 to 1995. Friday morning, Premier Wayne Panton and Governor Martyn Roper both issued remarks in response to the news of his loss, expressing their sadness and expressing their sympathies.
Gore, according to Panton, was a close friend of the Cayman Islands and had referred to it as one of the luckier nations in the world in his first throne speech.
The Cayman Islands flag and the Union Jack were flown at half-mast throughout Friday in memory of Governor Gore. This will be done again on the day of his funeral, or the Friday before if it falls on a weekend, according to the administration.
The Spotts-Newlands area’s freshwater marshes, which serve as a roosting and nesting habitat for a number of freshwater bird species, are located within the Governor Michael Gore Bird Sanctuary, which is where we remember Governor Gore, according to Panton.
Roper also mentioned Gore’s love of the natural world and biodiversity, adding that he was an avid birdwatcher. Gore published works about the birds of Uruguay, The Gambia, and Korea. Additionally, he published a great deal of articles on conservation that he himself photographed.
He worked as a diplomat in Malaysia, Korea, Uruguay (during the Tupamaro revolt), and four African nations. He initially visited the Caribbean as high commissioner to the Bahamas before moving on to the Cayman Islands as governor, which was his last position, where he witnessed the Liberian civil war.
Gore was present when Queen Elizabeth came to Cayman in 1994 to dedicate the Ed Bush Sports Complex in West Bay and to knight former financial secretary Vassel Johnson, who was the island’s first knight.
Governor Gore’s wife Monica and his family and friends received the heartfelt sympathies of both Panton and Roper.