Premier’s daughter passes

| 25/01/2011

(CNS): Update Thursday 9:55pm – Messages of condolence have poured into the CNS comment board for the family of Tonya Yvonne Anglin, daughter of Premier McKeeva Bush and his wife, Kerry Bush, who died Tuesday morning. The messages have come from friends and family, including the Cayman Islands honorary consul to Barbados and local businesses and government entities. The governor, the deputy governor and the speaker of the LA have released public condolence messages, as have the chief minister of Montserrat, the acting premier of BVI and the secretary general of CARICOM. Tonya, who was just thirty years old, leaves husband Chet Anglin and daughter Zariah. She died at home and was pronounced dead at 8:30am Tuesday.

"The premier, Mrs Bush, and the family, appreciate the prayers and support of the country during their tragic, difficult loss," a statement from the deputy premier’s office said. "As they cope with this, they also appreciate the public’s understanding and consideration of their need to have an initial time of private mourning."

A statement from the Governor’s Office said Duncan Taylor and his family were deeply saddened to hear of the tragic passing away earlier today of the premier and Mrs Bush’s daughter Tonya and sent their sincere condolences to the Bush and Anglin families. "Their thoughts are with them during this sad and difficult time," the statement said.

Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks also released a message to the bereaved families: "The public service is deeply saddened to have learned of the passing of the daughter of the Honourable Premier and Mrs Bush. On behalf of the whole public service, we wish to extend our deepest condolences to The Honourable Premier, Mrs Kerry and the rest of the family. We are all numbed by this shocking news. Death is the only certainty in life, but far too often it sneaks upon us when we least expect it.

"I believe that those of us who have been blessed with children will all agree that they redefine the real meaning of ‘love’ – regardless of what we thought that word to mean before they arrived. And while most of us are blessed to not have had the experience of losing a child, I also believe that it is truly the greatest loss that one can experience. I would urge us all to hold up this family in our prayers at this time, and pray that the good Lord will see them through these darkest days,” Ebanks said.

The Office of the Chief Minister of Montserrat, Reuben T Meade, sent the following message: “It is with an overwhelming feeling of sadness that I extend deepest sympathies to Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush, OBE, JP, and his wife, Mrs Kerry Bush on the sudden passing of their daughter Tonya Eyvonne Anglin. We in Montserrat also share the grief of the husband and young daughter of Tonya and recognize that a loss at such a tender age as Tonya is unfathomable. On behalf of the Government and people of Montserrat please accept our condolences and be assured that you and your entire family will be in our prayers.”

Ambassador Lolita Applewhaite, Secretary-General of CARICOM sent these words to the bereaved family: “On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I wish to extend heartfelt condolences to you and to your family on the passing of your beloved daughter, Ms. Tonya Eyvonne Bush-Anglin.

The thoughts and prayers of the Caribbean Community are with you and your family during this difficult time. The loss of one so young and so vibrant in the Caymanian community creates a void that is difficult to fill, particularly to her husband Chet and daughter, Zariahr and to her parents and sibling. Once again, the Community conveys its deepest sympathies to the Anglin and Bush families. May her soul rest in peace.”

In a letter sent Thursday, Acting Premier of the British Virgin Islands Dancia Penn wrote: "It was with sadness that I learned of the sudden passing of your only daughter, Tonya. The Government and people of the Virgin Islands extend our sincerest condolences to you and your dear wife, Kerry, during what must be a most difficult period so early in this New Year."

The Acting Premier stated that the Premier Honourable Ralph T. O´Neal, OBE, is also "saddened to learn of this heartbreaking news". Honourable Penn asked Premier Bush to convey condolences to his daughter´s husband, Chet Aglin, young daughter, Zariah, and the rest of the family. She ended the letter by stating, "On behalf of the Government and the people of the Virgin Islands, please accept our sympathy and rest assured that we will keep you and the family in our prayers during this time of great loss."

Speaker of the House, Mary Lawrence, and members and staff of the Legislative Assembly said: "We mourn with you today the sudden loss of your beloved daughter Tonya. We pray that God’s peace and love will surround you and the beautiful memories you have of her, will bring comfort to your hearts.

We extend our sympathy too to her beautiful young daughter Zariah, her husband Chet, her brother Barry and his family, her grandmother Mrs. Faith Bush, and all the other family members and friends who were privileged to know this special young woman and share in her brief life. May God bless you all."

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  1. Angela Lumley says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bush and Anglin Family. Continue to draw your strength and courage from the Lord.

  2. Norma serrano-Bodden says:

    To The Bush and Anglin Family:

    I want to extend my deep sympathy for your loss I feel your pain my God give you comfort.

  3. Michael & Carol (Petals) Stephens says:

    To the Honorable Premier Mckeeva Bush his wife Kerry, husband Chet  Beautiful daughter Zariah and the Anglin Family

    We are saddened by the lost of your dear one we feel your pain the country feels your pain

    You alone are my strength,my sheild,

    to you alone may my spririt yield,

    you alone are my heart`s desire

    and I long to worship you.

    Just trust in the Lord the giver and taketh of life

    The funeral today was a testiment of love the country have for the Bush and Anglin family

    keep the faith keep strong

  4. Anonymous says:

    I attended the funeral service at the Weslyean Church in West Bay for the premier’s daughter. What a beautiful celebration for the life of Tonya. The choirs were beautiful, the message by Rev Yvette Bloomfield was inspiring and the tribute “Tonya’s Story’ read by Kathy Jackson was so compelling and fun. What a show of support, there were easily 1,500 people in attendance and everything went like clock work. The premier can feel proud that he did his daughter justice in celebrating her life in such a dignified manner. God bless Mr. Bush and his family during this most difficult time in their lives.

  5. Capt F Ashton De Osca says:

    My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Premier Mckeeva Bush his family and the Anglin family following the loss of their beloved daughter,wife and mother.May the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you during this difficult time and always.72k5?

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would like to send condolances to the families involved, it is tragic for anyone to face death whether it is of a loved one or not.

    It is a very hard process to go through especially when parents have to bury the a child.

    I ask for God to be with them at this very difficult time

  7. Anonymous says:

    To loose a child, wife and mother so young is hard to come to grips with. My sympathy to the family. Although it is difficult to come to terms with such a loss, Mac you are a Christian man and God does things we do not yet understand for a reason. Maybe God is trying to get your attention. Listen to God. Remember King Saul. God bless you all. 

  8. Lindy Thompson says:

    The Hon. Premier McKeeva Bush, Kerry, Barry & Family,

    I extend my deepest sympathy to you all in the loss of your daughter Tonya.  May God’s blessings be with you all at this very sad & difficult time. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

    May Tonya’s soul rest in peace.

    Lindy Thompson 



  9. Cayman Islands Monetary Authority says:

    The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Mrs. Tonya Bush-Anglin, who was a staff member of the Authority.

    CIMA’s board, management and staff extend their sincere condolences to her parents Premier the Hon. McKeeva Bush and Mrs. Kerry Bush, her husband Mr. Chet Anglin, daughter Zariah, and the rest of the family at this time of grief.

  10. Jenny Powery says:

    The Hon. Premier Bush and Mrs. Bush, Chet and Barry
    we want to express our sincerest condolences to you, no words can express the sadness we share with you but please take comfort knowing how much she was loved and
    “To live in hearts we leave behind, Is not to die”
    May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you. We are sorry for your loss.
    Love, Kindle, Jenny, Arlon, Shainin and Shiann and Family.

  11. Dallas Ebanks says:

    Mr. McKeeva, Mrs. Kerry, Barry, Chet, Zariah

    We do not have any words today
    To express how we grieve at your loss
    Our earnest prayers and thoughts are always there to help you through the days ahead
    With Love, Dallas, Lonie, Neathy, Gwendolee, Glennis, Ernie and Roger and the rest of the Family. May God be with you in these times

  12. George & Heidi Harre says:

    We were greatly shocked by the news of your daughter’s passing and send our deepest condolences to you, Premier and Mrs Bush, and alll who mourn with you

  13. Anonymous says:

    I cannot even imagine the pain your family is going through. RIP and my deepest condolences toyour loved ones.

  14. Andrew Green says:

    Met the Premier for the first time last month as part of a delegation. I wish him and his family peace.
    From Kingston, Jamaica

  15. Wilma C. Ebanks says:

    Put It In God’s Hands

    Put It In God’s Hands
    And He Will See You Through
    He Knows The Plan He’s Made For You.
    He Knows Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Dreams.
    He Will Guide You Through All Extremes.

    Put It In God’s Hands.
    He Will Show You The Way.
    As He Prays For You Each And Every Day.
    If You Pray To Him, He Will Answer Your Prayers.
    For He Is The Almighty One Who Really Cares.

    Put It In God’s Hands.
    He Loves You Very Much.
    He Has So Much Power And Strength To Give You That Magic Touch.
    He Is Standing By You All The Way.
    He Understands And Loves You Each And Everyday.

    Put It In God’s Hands.
    For He Believes In You.
    He Has Great Faith In Everything You Do.
    He Also Makes Sure That There’s An Angel Watching Over You.

    Put It In God’s Hands.
    And You Will See,
    What Great Miracles Just May Happen To Be.

    My condolences and prayers go out to the Bush/Anglin families

    From Wilma C. Ebanks and Family

  16. Anonymous says:

    Deepest condolences to the family and friends of Tonya. May God continue to be with you and comfort you all during this very sad and difficult time.

  17. str8bayer says:

    May she rest in peace, tonya was a good person, we basically grew up together as most west bayers did who were born in 1980, we attended every school together, we even graduated together, personally you will be missed by me and mine. To my boy Chet, be strong an hold the faith, tonya lives on in your daugther. To the people of the cayman islands please show the same respect to every mother and father who loses a child of cayman as you do to the premier, remember my people " A MAN IS JUST MAN" an no one deserves more praise than the next, bad or good we are all gods children.

  18. Pauline Barnes says:

    My sincere condelences to the Bush/Anglin/Parsons families and may God lift you up in this very sad time. Tonya’s sudden passing has left many of us in shock but she was a very beautiful person so she has left behind good memories for the family to hold onto. Mac and Kerry you’re both good parents and love your children unconditionally, showed them both how to love and respect others and the good values of life. She wouldn’t want you to give up on life because she has left you suddenly but to continue being the good people you are. God Bless you in the grieving time.

  19. The Titan Group says:

    On behalf of the Titan Group of Companies, we want to express our sincerest condolences to the Hon. Premier and his entire family on this untimely and tragic loss.

    The loss of a child is one that no one should bare.  Just know that the love and outreach of this community and across the region comes with heartfelt sympathy and prayers.  Tonya will always be here in your hearts and thoughts.  Her spirit will live on in her beautiful daughter. 

    May God Bless each and every one of you and may you find the peace you need in him.


    The Titan Group of Companies

  20. Jody Powery-Gilbert says:

    My deepest condolences to Mr. McKeeva, Mrs. Kerry, Barry, Chet, Zariah and the many extended family members on Tonya’s tragic and untimely passing.  May God’s blessings be with you at this most difficult time, you all are in our thoughts and prayers.  

    I will forever treasure the many childhood memories I shared with Tonya. Tonya was such a beautiful person, inside and out.  She will be sadly missed but fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.


  21. Anonymous says:

     Dear Mr and Mrs Bush, Chet, Zariah, and all of Tonya’s family and friends:  I hope you can take some strength that whatever country of birth, or religious affiliation, or political party, all of the many people of Cayman that I came across these last two days is expressing only the greatest sympathy and support for you at this dreadful time.  Sarah E K.

  22. Juliette Gooding says:


    On behalf of the Government of Barbados and Barbadians resident in the Cayman Islands, I extend our deepest sympathies to you and Mrs Bush on the loss of your daughter Tonya.  We also extend sympathies to Chet and Zaria who I am sure are devastated by this unexpected loss. 


    Losing a child is one of the saddest life challenges and words that can give you true comfort are difficult to find.


    We offer our prayers and thoughts at this very sad time and may the comfort of Almighty God envelope you all at this time.


    With deepest, heartfelt sympathy.



    Juliette Y. Gooding

    Honorary Consul to Barbados

       Cayman Islands


  23. Andrea Ebanks-Martinez-Calderon says:

    The Hon. Premier Bush and Mrs. Kerry Bush, Chet and his precious daughter – May the memories of your beloved daughter, wife and mother be a source of comfort to to you at this time of this greatest loss. May God’s promise that one’s soul returneth to him  who gave it after leaving this earthly plane and that all souls with be reunited in his Heaven, where there will never be any more pain or suffering, or sadness, just joy. Joy cometh in the morning at resurrection with the Lord. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy and prayers that we are sending up for you and all the families and friends of God’s beautiful child, Tonya.

    Andrea and her family

  24. Hydes Family says:

    Words cannot begin to offer any sort of comfort during this tragic loss of a beautiful, charming, bright and well known young lady. To know Tonya was to appreciate life as it should be- filled with hope, love, charity, compassion and care.

    To McKeeva, Kerry, Barry, Chet, Zariah and the entire family of this special ‘daughter of West Bay’, we offer our sincere and deepest symapthy. May you find peace and strength from our Heavenly Father, who will comfort and take you through these dark days.

    RIP Tonya- though removed from this world, your spirit will forever remain with us and we take comfort in knowing that heaven is a better place with your presence.

    May God Bless the entire Bush/Anglin/Parson family.

    With our love,

    Alicia, Gene, Philip, Esme, Ashley, Tiffani, Hannah, Farrah

  25. K. Jackson says:

    My beautiful sister, friend, comrade and partner in crime (in our youth) – there will never be a day that passes that my heart will not bleed for you. I am almost blinded by tears writing this short but necessary comment.
    There wasn’t a day when we were apart, even if we were in different countries, our spirits were always kindled. I promise to do my best to dedicate as much as I can to your family’s healing: Uncle Mac, Aunt Kerry, Barry, Zariah and Chet, I assure you that we didn’t lose her, God just needed his angel back. You were an angel on earth, now you’re an angel in Heaven – with neon pink wings, I’m sure.

    I love you, and will always remain faithful to the bond we shared.

    Your broken hearted Nin.

  26. K Powery & Family says:

    My family paryers and thoughts go out to McKeeva, Kerry, Barry, Chet, Zariah and the Bush, Parsons and Anglin families. So sad to have loss a young woman annd mother.May you rest in peace Tonya

  27. Sherry Ann Smith & Family says:

    When tomorrow starts without me,
    And I’m not there to see,
    If the sun should rise and find your eyes
    All filled with tears for me;

    I wish so much you wouldn’t cry
    The way you did today,
    While thinking of the many things,
    We didn’t get to say.

    I know how much you love me,
    As much as I love you,
    And each time that you think of me,
    I know you’ll miss me too;

    But when tomorrow starts without me,
    Please try to understand,
    That an angel came and called my name,
    And took me by the hand,

    And said my place was ready,
    In heaven far above,
    And that I’d have to leave behind
    All those I dearly love.

    But as I turned to walk away,
    A tear fell from my eye
    For all my life, I’d always thought,
    I didn’t want to die.

    I had so much to live for,
    So much left yet to do,
    It almost seemed impossible
    That I was leaving you.

    I thought of all the yesterdays,
    The good ones and the bad,
    I thought of all the love we shared,
    And all the fun we had.

    If I could relive yesterday,
    Just even for a while,
    I’d say good-bye and kiss you
    And maybe see you smile.

    But then I fully realized,
    That this could never be,
    For emptiness and memories,
    Would take the place of me.

    And when I thought of worldly things,
    I might miss come tomorrow,
    I thought of you, and when I did,
    My heart was filled with sorrow.

    But when I walked through heaven’s gates,
    I felt so much at home.
    When God looked down and smiled at me,
    From His great golden throne,

    He said, "This is eternity,
    And all I’ve promised you.
    Today your life on earth is past,
    But here life starts anew.

    I promise no tomorrow,
    But today will always last,
    And since each day’s the same way
    There’s no longing for the past.

    You have been so faithful,
    So trusting and so true.
    Though there were times you did some things
    You knew you shouldn’t do.

    But you have been forgiven
    And now at last you’re free.
    So won’t you come and take my hand
    And share my life with me?"

    So when tomorrow starts without me,
    Don’t think we’re far apart,
    For every time you think of me,
    I’m right here, in your heart.

    RIP Tonya

  28. ICCI Staff and Faculty says:

    From the ICCI staff and faculty our deepest sympathy and condolences.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family in this time of grief.

    • John Henry says:

      On behalf of my family and the people of George Town who may not be able to offer condolences thriugh this means or condolences, we pray for the soul of the Premiers daughter and ask the Great Architecht of the Universe to bless and comfort th entire family in this sad moment in time.

  29. Family of the late Eddie R. Scott says:

    On behalf of our entire family, we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the Hon. Premier and his family during this difficult time. Having lost our father on 2nd January 2011, sometimes there simply are no words…sometimes it is simply the hope in our hearts and the faith in our souls that comfort us. May God bless you.

    Marva & Burmon Scott

  30. Carmilee Pearson says:

    To Kerry, The Premier, Chet, Zariah:

    When A Mother Cries.

    When a mother cries,
    Her tears stab at her daughter’s heart
    As they plummet to the floor

    When a mother cries
    Her daughter cries too
    She cries because she does not know what is wrong
    She cries because she can’t get rid of her mother’s pain
    She cries most of all because she loves her mother

    When a daughter cries because her mother cries
    Her mother cries more She cries because her pain has hurt her daughter. She cries because she does not want to see her daughter cry because of her – She cries most of all, Because she loves her daughter

    Once the tears have ceased however, What remains is love
    The love forever shared between a mother and a daughter .

    Tonya – pretty and sweet.

    From: Carmilee Pearson and Family

    • Florence Goring-Nozza and Melville (Teddy) Nozza says:

      We offer our sincere condolences to the Bush/Anglin/Parsons family in this hour of bereavement. We may not understand  why these things happen but  we can lean on the Everlasting Arms. Job 5:11 "So that He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn He  lifts to safety"

      May Gods comfort and blessing rest upon you all in Jesus name.Amen.


  31. Shawn Smith says:

    Our thoughts are with the Bush and Anglin Families as they mourn the loss of a daughter, wife, mother and friend. May the good Lord always be with you in this time of uncertainity and pain.

  32. priya levers says:

    Dear Mr and. Mrs Bush                                                                   

                        Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved daughter. No one can ever understand what you are going through but I pray that the peace of god which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and be with you.

  33. Scott Henderson & Family says:

    My family and I would like to express our sincere condolences to Premier Bush and his family during this unbelievably difficult time in their lives. Having just lost my father on New Years Day, I could never imagine, and pray I willnever have to endure the loss of a child. I too have two daughters and can’t imagine what the Bush family are going through. May the good Lord receive Tonya in heaven where you will be joined once again as a family. May your faith in God comfort you and may God continue to bless you!

  34. Janet Farrington-Martinez & Family says:

    Dearest Bush and Anglin Family,

    My words can not reach the depth of hurt and overwhelming shock that was felt yesterday when I heard of Tonya’s death. My family and I will continue to keep both of your families in our prayers and we hope that God will given you the comfort like only He can to get through this most difficult time.

    Tonya was a wonderful young woman and I am sure she was a fabulous wife, mother and daughter as well. I will miss her smile which she always had on her face and I pray that she rest in peace.

    God bless you all and once again our deepest condolences.

    Fr: Janet, Lucille, Edwin, Cateryn and Sammy

  35. Cayman Finance says:


    Cayman Finance would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Premier McKeeva Bush following  the loss of his daughter Tonya Yvonne Anglin. Our thoughts are with Premier Bush and his family at this tragic time.


  36. Gwenda,Darren,Garth Justin & Jordan says:

    Our  sincere condolences to the entire family.Tonya was really a lovely person and will by missed dearly by our community.

    RIP Tonya.

  37. M McLaughlin says:

    Sincerest condolences to Tonya’s family and friends at this time of loss and sadness.

    Warmest regards,

  38. W T G says:

    May the God we serve strengthen you and your family so you may travel the road ahead. My deepest condolonces to you Mr. Premier Mckeeva Bush, your family and all of the Cayman Islands. May God be with us now and always

  39. Monique Hamaty-Simmonds says:

    To the Bush & Anglin Family may the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you during this difficult time. My family andI are praying for you all. I am reminded of this bible verse and hope it gives you some hope that your dear daughter Kerry departed in peace.

    “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”
    John 14:27

  40. Mike Hennessy says:

     I fear that my words cannot begin to console the Bush and Anglin families for such a terrible loss, but I still offer my heartfelt condolences to all of them in their time of grief and I hope that they realize they are not grieving alone.  

  41. Delroy says:

    To: Mac, Kerry and  Barry

    Through Tonyas eyes I am smart,
    I am wise, I am comfort, I am love.
    Through Tonyas eyes I am strong, I am independent, I am whole.
    Through Tonya’s eyes I walk tall, I pray, I fight.
    Through Tonya’s eyes I have the ability to embrace life
    And what it throws my way.
    Through Tonya’s eyes I have the courage to stand alone.
    I live, I love, I stand on my own.
    I live today and keep with me the image she had.
    To proceed and carry on through Tonya’s eyes.

    From: Delroy, Maggie and Azalia

    We are praying with you for Gods Strength and Guidance.

  42. McCarron McLaughlin says:

    Deepest condolenses to the Premier and his family, may you be strong and continue to keep the faith through this trying time.

  43. Anonymous says:

    I was struck by how beautiful the day was today. This lovely young lady has passed from one sort of heaven to another.  I am so very sorry for the Bush-Anglin families.  I have personally experienced similar loss and will pray that God gives them the strength to move past this terrible moment and to cope and come to terms with this loss.  God bless you.

  44. Anonymous says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bush and Anglin Families during this very difficult time.

    • Lin Tibbetts says:

      Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Bush and Anglin Families in this tragic loss of their precious daughter.   May you be comforted by this Psalm of David:

      The Lord is my shepherd.  I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.  Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me, Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: Thou annointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely Goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

      May the peace and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you and your families both now and forever.

  45. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to the families of Tonya, and may God grant them strength at this most difficult time.

  46. Tammie says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to the Bush/Parson/ Anglin family.

    You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

    May god guide you all through this most difficult time.

  47. Mrs. Darlene Robinson says:

    May the memories of your loved one and those special times you shared together be of comfort to you now and in the days ahead bringing peace to your heart. Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near. Still loved, still missed and very dear.With Heartfelt Sympathy. Darlene Robinson, Cayman Brac

  48. Denise Miller says:

    When and how death will happen, nobody can predict.

    My sincere condolences to the Bush and Anglin families, and to all others who are affected by the untimely and tragic loss of their loved one, Tonya.

  49. Lachlan MacTavish says:

     I am a father as well and I cannot imagine what The Bush family are going through. Such a beautiful young woman. My thoughts and prayers to the whole family.

    Lachlan MacTavish

    • Twyla Mae Vargas says:

      My dear friend Tonya, I am going to miss you. May God take you with him as you journey. To the Bush family, I say there is no words to express my sincere sadness on the loss of Tonya. Be strong, and seek the comfort of God. Only he can ease the pain..

    • Anonymous says:

      Your Mother, Your Angel

      © Natasha Jordan
      You’ll look back on memories you forgot you had,
      And at times you’ll smile even though it hurts so bad.

      Your mother is a special woman and no one can take her place,
      You’ll find peace of mind when you remember her smiling face.

      Your mother is an angel now she flies high above the rest,
      and in your hearts always and forever she will be the best.

      She has earned her wings and it’s time for her to fly,
      I know it hurts no one is ever ready to say good-bye.

      She knows you do not understand and that you’ll cry at night,
      But as you finally drift off to sleep let her memory hold you tight.

      She will be your guardian angel through the rest of your life,
      Helping lead you on the path between what’s wrong and right.

      Your mother loves you so very much and her love will always remain true,
      Please don’t ever think for a second that your mother will forget you.

      A mothers love is like no other in the whole world,
      and she has the most wonderful memories of a little girl.

      She has taken them with her as she’s flown away,
      Up to Heaven free of pain which is her new home to stay.

      So although you will not see her and you wish she could be there,
      Your mother will always hear you and your mother will always care.

      A mother does not forget the two greatest loves of her life,
      And she loved nothing more than being your mommy, and your daddy’s wife.

      She is so proud of her family and that’s in her heart to stay,
      Even though she’s an angel and has had to fly away.

      So as you cry your tears remember your mothers love,
      Being sent to you from her, from the beautiful Heaven above.

      She will be there through your good times, she will be there through your bad,
      She’ll be there when you are happy, she’ll be there when your sad.

      Your mother has become an angel now, it is her time to fly,
      And you will never know how much it hurt her to watch you have to say good-bye.



  50. Soldier says:

    I know Mckeeva is no fish fry! He is a man who can cope with any situation. He and his family have endured alot of criticism. As one of his dear critics, seeing how strong of a leader he is, I know for a fact, he will be able to join me next time for a second knock-out!  He is just the kind that will endure a fight to the end!  I prefer no other enemy but big Mac!

    Now… as a human being, my condolences and respects to you and your family. We can relate on these grounds.

  51. Matthew Leslie says:

    Today an Angel was taken back to heaven.  We lost a person who was a Mother, a Daughter, a Sister, a Cousin, a Niece, and a friend all in one.  Tonya was as vibrant as it came and everyone around her was enlightened. 

    Today as a Nation we need to come together regardless of whether you are UDP, or PPM and realize we lost a Young Caymanian today.  Keep the Premier and the entire family in our prayers and thoughts.

    Yesterday we celebrated our Heroes…today let us celebrate the life of a wonderful young lady.  We love you Tonya….



  52. Marek says:

    So nice to see that all are joined in a single voice here. That in and of itself says much of us all and speaks volumes about the true respect everybody feels and shares for the loss the Bush and Anglin families are having to deal with right now.

    Remember these thoughts, prayers and feelings going forward, not just in times of loss and sorrow … but every day… that is the best way to show respect and honor.


  53. Dr Sidney Ebanks says:

    My deepest condolences to the Bush and Anglin families in this very sad time.
    May you be comforted in your sorrow and may her soul rest in peace.

  54. Dr. Vivek says:

    My heartelt condolences to Mr Mckeeva and his family.

    I agree with the sentiments expressed above. Having met her a few times in a professional capacity, I can only say she was a lovely person.

    Mr Mckeeva, we pray that god will be with you and your family during these difficult times..

  55. Dennis Smith says:

    She will always be right there, next to your cheek.

  56. kayla ebanks says:

    im so sad to hear that may tonya be safe in heaven mr. bush we are so sorry to to hear about your heartfuly stunning daughter!!!!


  57. Donna (Barbados) says:

    The prayers and sympathy from our family to yours are coming across the seas. May God give you comfort in your time of sorrow.

  58. Anonymous says:

    My own son’s death taught me more about life through his death than I could have otherwise known.  He has shown me in ways that can’t be denied how his spirit has a new body and it is full of light, happiness and beauty.  I hope that you can come to this place of peace realizing your daughter’s new body for her spirit and know that life never ends.  It is the perfect lesson that Jesus taught us from his resurrection if only we acknowledge it.  As you move forward toward some peace in your acceptance of this truth, I wish for you some place of joy in the knowledge that your daughter still lives in a better place and has no more pain and struggle.  This is what we wish for our children even on this planet and so I hope you can find some consolation in this truth.

  59. Abrana Banks says:

    McKeeva, Kerry, Barry, Chet & Zariah

    It is with a lot of sadness in my heart today that I offer my heartfelt, sincere condolences to you and all of Tonya’s beloved family. 

    Tonya was loved by many because she grew up in a time when "the village still raised the child".  I personally have great memories of my involvement in her life…..from birth to her teenage years.

    Her passing has touched the hearts of all who knew her, and even those who did not.  She will be remembered for her loving, outgoing personality.

    May God gently carry you all in his arms at this time.  May he ease your pain and bring you comfort to sustain you during your great loss. 

    Abrana & Wally

  60. Dennie Warren Jr. says:

    My condolences to the Premier, Mr. McKeeva Bush, his wife and their families on the passing of their daughter Tonya.

  61. nauticalone says:

    My sincere condolences to the Bush and Anglin families and friends on this most sad occasion.

  62. Anonymous says:

    My condolences and prayers go out to the Bush/Anglin families. As a father, I  know that having to bury a child is probably the worst thing that a parent will ever have to do in life. It is so good to know that they were such a loving, caring and tight knit family and those very things will help them through this period of bereavement.

    To those families out there where the love and care has broken down between the parents and the children or vice versa, I urge you all to find common ground and love for each other. You may never get the chance to ask for forgiveness or to say "Good-bye"," I’m sorry" or just simply "I love you." Life is short and is determined only by God.

    RIP. Tonya

    • Walling Whittaker says:

      My sincerest condolences to the Primer and his family on his tragic lost; our hearts and prayers to out to his family, we all share his Mourning
      Walling Whittaker and Family

  63. Marcia Walton says:

    Our condolances to the Bush and Anglin families.

  64. Anonymous says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with The Anglin and Bush families at this difficult time. May God give you courage and strength to face your grief.

  65. Anonymous says:

     My deepest condolences and prayers to the Premier and his entire family during this very difficult time.

    • Noel & Charmaine Christian says:

      Our deepest condolences and prayers to the Premier and the entire family during this very difficult time.

  66. Ray says:

    Very sad to hear. Condolences to the Bush and Anglin families.

  67. Raphael Lawrence says:

    From our family to the Bush family we offer our deepest condolences at this time

  68. noname says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with The Anglin and Bush families at this difficult time. May God give you courage and strength to face your grief.


  69. pmilburn says:

    From one Father to another my sincere condolences.and may you stay strong during this painful time.My best to your whole family.

  70. anon says:

    My thoughts with the family at this very sad and difficult time. I am a friend and work colleague of Tonya’s cousin and I understand how incredibly close the Bush / Anglin family are and know what a devastating loss this is.

    Time, love and the support of your friends and family will push you through the darkest moments.

    Deepest Sympathies



  71. Front Desk Staff at Morritt's says:

    Our heartfelt condolences goes out to the Premier and family in their time of bereavement. Our prayers are with you.

  72. Anonymouser says:

     My deepest condolences to the Bush family. 

  73. Pete (Canada) says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    My sincere condolences to the family.

  74. Richard N. Parson says:

     Heartfelt condolences to all.  It is especially hard for parents to lose a child, at any age.  God be with you.

  75. Michel Lemay says:

    I think this would be an honorable occasion out of respect to sign your names. While we might have disagreed at times our Premier Mr. Mckeeva and his family are very good people and one of daughters was close to Tonya. I cannot begin to imagine how it feels to lose your child but I do know how I would feel if it was our daughter.

    • Anonymous says:

      Dedinately true. Names signed would be more meaningful. I know that this was one of the worst days in the life of Kerry  and Mack. I could not even eat for most of the day, I could only see our Kerrys hurt in my eyes. She is such a good representative for Mack, always minding her own business and never insulting no one who calls on him. I know that God will give you and the rest of the family strength to deal with this, and time will heal. We are sorry that we cannot bear this burden for you. God bless you all is our prayer.

  76. Dred says:

    My deepest condolenses to the family.

    This is the worst nightmare of a parent.

  77. Anon says:

    Our thoughts are with the Bush and Anglin Families today as they mourn the loss of a daughter, wife, mother and friend.

  78. Anonymous says:

    May the comfort of God help you and your family during this difficult time.
    -Expatriate & Family

  79. Michel Lemay says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Honorable Premier Mr. Mckeeva Bush and his wife and the rest of the family. Doris Bush Lemay, Michel Lemay, Tammy Bush, Tasha Lemay, LeeAnne Lemay Ebanks, Michael Lemay, Carrie Lemay and Grandchildren. May the Good Lord be with each of you at this very difficult time.

  80. Anonymous says:

    What a tragedy. My sympathies go out to the family.

  81. Anonymous says:

    My Condolences to the Premier and his family during this difficult time. RIP Tonya 🙁

  82. bungalow says:

    very sad indeed. thoughts to the big mac and whole family.

  83. Scottish,Irish,Jamacian born CAYMANIAN says:

    My condolences………

  84. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to Mr Bush and his entire family.  My prayers are with you all.

  85. whodatis says:

    Condolences to Premier Bush and his family.

    Tonya was always a joy and pleasure to be around.

    She will surely be missed.

    May she rest in peace.


  86. A Noni Mouse says:

    May the family know God’s peace through this challenging time. Death is never easy, but hold on to hope. Isaiah 35:10, TLB: "These, the ransomed of the Lord, will go home along that road to Zion, singing the songs of everlasting joy. For them all sorrow and all sighing will be gone forever; only joy and gladness will be there."

  87. Anonymous says:

    Our hearts feel for the Premier and his family, and would like them to know that they are in our prayers, and know God will take care of them, and see them through this difficult time.

  88. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to the family… Such a young person gone so soon.

  89. pete mitchell says:

    OK. No matter what the rhetoric and venom filled comments on posted elsewhere here, respect and condolences to Mr Bush as a father. So sorry for your loss.

  90. Anonymous says:

    My condolences to her family and friends.

  91. Anonymous says:

    This is indeed a very sad and tragic day for the Bush family. The country feels the loss that is felt at this time and lifts the Premier and his family in prayer. 

  92. Anonymous says:

    My family and I would like to send our condolences to Mr. Bush and his family. We are praying for you.

  93. anonymous says:

    Very sad to hear and condolences to the family.

  94. My2Cents says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Premier and his family at this difficult time.

    • Anonymous says:

      Our condolonces to the Premier Mckeeva Bush and his wife and family on the passing of their dear daughter in this time of their berevement. May the comfort of the Lord God be with you and make you strong at this point in your lives. We love and admire you in your public duties to our country and  in you private capacity. Our prayers are with you and may God continue to bless you.