Tributes pour in following death of former Cayman marine unit officer
The death of Mark Luke, who served in the marine arm of the island’s police service, has prompted an outpouring of tributes online.
Luke, who served in the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service’s Marine Unit, has been described by many as a compassionate family man and a dominant figure in his local West Bay community.
Despite being diagnosed with cancer in 2014, friends of Luke say he maintained a very upbeat, positive attitude, and had taken a more active interest in his long time hobby of photography.
Friends say he enjoyed taking photos of Cayman’s landscape, and had a unique talent for capturing local beaches as well as iconic and historical buildings.
Luke was also described as an animal lover who had a few cats of his own.
His passing came as a shock to many, who noted that in recent times he had appeared as though his condition had been improving.
“Oh my, I saw him few weeks back and he was looking so nice and excited. Boi, I tell you:( RIP Lukie,” said one friend on social media.
“This is just sad. Just on Monday I spoke with a colleague of ours that worked many year with Mark. He spoke so highly of him ... I will never forget. My condolences Ms. Thelma,” added another.
Others used social media to share condolences to Luke’s immediate family and friends.
“Our deepest condolences to his entire family especially his mom, Ms.Thelma, children, wife and his aunts, Ms. Annie, Ms. Evie and others. May God give you all the strength,” said one friend on social media.