Long-serving representative of East End and a leading member of the East End community, John Bonwell, McLean JP, OBE, passed away last week after a short illness.
A former banker by profession, Mr McLean served as the legislative representative for East End from 1976 to 2000. He was a keen advocate for the district and was instrumental in many aspects of development in Cayman, including agriculture, the Water Authority, developing Cayman’s road networks and infrastructure in general. In particular, the people of East End were able to benefit from a number of infrastructure projects under his leadership, including creating better roads and establishing civic centres.
In the 1995 New Year’s Honours, Mr McLean received an OBE from the Queen for his services to the Cayman community. He was also a keen farmer and won many prizes each year at the Agricultural Show.
Members of the Opposition sent out a release last week expressing their condolences to the family and friends of Mr McLean, stating:
“While we are saddened to hear of his passing, we pause here to pay tribute to his many years of service to our country and in particular his contribution to our development. We share in this loss to his family, friends and people of East End.”