Tuesday 5th July, 2005 Posted: 15:02 CIT (20:02 GMT)
Our country is in deep mourning this week.
A great man has passed from his and our beloved Cayman Islands and this Earth to his higher reward.
David Wade Foster left this life Sunday morning after a long and hard–fought battle of ill health.
But Mr. Foster faced his illness the way he faced life – full of grace and a shining example to all.
Everyone who knew Mr. Foster – either intimately, through business, socially or casually – knew a man to be admired, looked up to and emulated.
He spent a life time lifting up his fellow man and making the community we all live in a better place. For 30 years he was a shareholder and director of this newspaper, but more importantly, he was a strong supporter and we learned much under his guidance.
Many of his achievements were public, but his highest achievement and the reason – in his own words – for living was for his children, of which he and Chi Chi had five.
Mr. Foster gave his children more than life – he gave them the best gift a father can give to his children; he was totally devoted to and loved their mother, his wife of almost 40 years.
When Mr. Foster was interviewed by this newspaper several years ago, he was asked what epitaph he would choose; his answer was “His word was his bond.”
That is the kind of man David Foster was. His word was his bond.
His life was one spent helping his fellow man and the thing he detested most was people who take advantage of their fellow man.
Mr. Foster served on many important boards and community service organisations. If Mr. Foster missed a Rotary Club meeting or a Sunday at church you knew something was wrong.
As a member of Rotary, with 26 years of perfect attendance, Mr. Foster knew the four–way test and lived his life accordingly and beyond. The four–way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? and Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
We all – young and old alike – could do no wrong in taking a close examination at the life Mr. Foster led and making an attempt to live up to his standards.
He was a man of his word and his faith in God showed through to all who came into contact with him.
As the passing of Mr. Foster leaves us with tears of grief and an immense sense of loss, we have to give thanks for having a man like David Wade Foster in our midst.
A memorial service is planned for Mr. Foster at Pedro next Wednesday. We are sure it will be well attended.
Just as Mr. Foster lived his life selfishly, his family is continuing this tradition in their request for memorials.
The Foster family is requesting that those who want to pay tribute to Mr. Foster do so through donations to the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park off Frank Sound Road in North Side.
To the family of David Wade Foster, our hearts go out to you at your time of grief and our prayers lifted up for your grace in going through this difficult time.
He was a great man.
He will be sorely missed.