Former speaker passes away on eve of the election

| 21/05/2013

EDNAMOYLE210X277B.JPG(CNS): A stalwart of Cayman politics, Edna Moyle, a former Speaker of the House and representative for North Side for four terms, passed away at the Cayman Islands Hospital, George Town this afternoon (21 May). A mother of five, she was a founding member of thePeople’s Progressive Movement and served as speaker of the Legislative Assembly from 2005 until 2009. An experienced legislator and politician, Moyle lost her battle with cancer after being ill for several months on the eve of the 2013 election. With a long career in in politics, Moyle began as secretary to the Administrator of the Cayman Islands in 1966 to 1969, then became deputy clerk of the Legislative Assembly in 1971 until 1979. A working mother throughout her life, she also championed the cause of women.

The leader of the PPM Alden McLaughlin was deeply upset of the passing of Moyle on Tuesday and said she would be sadly missed.

“The Progressive family is deepened sadden at the loss of one of its founding members, Edna Moyle. She was instrumental in the founding ofthe party and a major asset to us not just for her parliamentary experience and but her knowledge of parliamentary procedure,”  he said. Moyle was also a key member of the PPM team which crafted the 2009 constitution.

“As a deputy clerk before being a member of the Legislative Assembly and then a minister, she brought a wealth experience. Ms Edna was an outstanding representative and widely loved. She was well known for her concern about social issues and the role of women in Cayman in general and in particular in public life,” he said, adding that the party had sent heartfelt condolences to her family.

Her successor in her native North Side, Ezzard Miller, echoed the sentiments of McLaughlin when he said that she was a champion of gender affairs locally and did a great deal to advance the cause of women in public life.

“She will be deeply missed and this evening I will be turning what was meant to be a final meeting in the district into a tribute to Ms Edna, where everyone will be able to remember her and the contribution she made to the Cayman Islands political landscape," Miller said.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Job well done Ms. Edna. God decided to bring 2 great Cayman fighters home before the elections. You were one of our strong pillars Ed Ed and you were well respected amongst your peers. Rest in Peace now. Our condolences Gillian and family. She was Honourable!

  2. Jacky Boatside from Oldbush says:

    Rest in Peace Mrs Moyle Ed Ed see you when i see you!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Mrs. Edna I only have three words to say.  "Job Well Done"  You paid your duties here on earth, and for that the Cayman Island will always respect and honor you.  You were not only  an Icon, but also someone who made us all proud.   Now that you are in the hands of our Maker, he knows that you were weary, he knows that you were tired, so he called you home to be with him.   R.I.P We will all miss you, until we meet again….

  4. Freebird says:

    My deepest condolences go out especially to Gillian and the family during this time of loss and grief.  Edna was a powerful woman and role model this country will never forget; she was a fighter who stood up for her rights and the rights of woman all over this country.  For her children and extended family, are hearts and prayers are with you and although I know its only time that can take away that sting of loss that you must be experiencing, please be comforted that she is forever strong and forever forged in our hearts and in the fabric of this country.  God bless and keep youwrapped in the protection of his spirit to comfort and cherish you.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I would like to add my condolences, not only to her family, with whom she was very close and all of us who were her friends.  She is at peace now and there is no disease in the world that can harm her now. RESE IN PEADE EdEd.  You will be missed by all.

  6. A friend of the family says:

     She was one  of our outstanding leaders indeed!

    Our deepest condolences to her family.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Like Consuelo, you always knew where you were with Edna. She held off Ezzard for so many years in North Side, thank God, but credit to Ezzard, because as a North Sider he knows her worth and respects it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Rest in Peace, Ms. Edna. You were a stalwart indeed. You were the highest calibre Speaker (along with Mrs. Sybil McLaughlin) that we have had.