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Frank Hugh George Scotland

Frank Hugh George Scotland

Male 1918 - 2012  (94 years)

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  • Name Frank Hugh George Scotland 
    Born 9 Jun 1918  St Andrew, Jamacia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Oct 2012  Cayman Islands buried Bodden Town Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4194  Ritch
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Family Joyce Elaine Alexandra Ritch,   b. 25 Dec 1919, Cayman Brac Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Mar 1996, Cayman Islands buried Bodden Town Cemetery Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years) 
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F1597  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Octogenarian Frank Hugh George Scotland,
      electrical pioneer and life-long ham radio operator, has been awarded the Certificate and Badge of Honour for service to the Government and the people of the Cayman Islands.
      Born in St. Andrews, Jamaica, in 1918, as a young man Mr. Scotland developed a fascination with radio transmission and communication. “The writing was on the wall so to speak,” he explains. “I had found the path that I was going to follow for the rest of my life.”
      Following his heart, young Frank was first employed as a radio technician, but soon moved on to the electricity utility company, the Jamaica Public Service Company. He later served in the Royal Signal Corps in Jamaica as a signal man, in which capacity he travelled throughout the Northern Caribbean region establishing communication signals during World War 2.
      Fortuitously, his travels led him to his wife, the late Joyce Elaine Ritch, a union relocating him to Cayman in 1960. “I left the conveniences of electricity in Jamaica to come here – and at the time it was a very remote country with no electricity,” he recalls. “So while my wife was a factor, I genuinely wanted to help these islands progress.”
      Soon after settling here, Mr. Scotland formed the Bodden Town Power and Light Company (BTP&L) which was franchised by the Cayman Islands Government, providing electricity for the eastern districts of Grand Cayman. The government bought BTP&L in 1968.
      He was also closely involved in formulating the electrical regulations law and the radio regulations law. In that role he played a role in the safe installation and electrical wiring of many facilities around Grand Cayman.
      As time progressed, Mr. Scotland achieved some other commendable firsts. Before retiring in 1983, he was employed by the Public Works Department for 11 years, first as an electrician then as the first chief electrical inspector.
      Mr. Scotland was also one of the first amateur (ham) radio operators on the island, a life-long hobby he continues to this day. Now 87, he is the only person in the Caribbean operating a digital ham radio, linking amateurs at sea with families back at home.
      ”I have spent over 40 years ensuring that persons are able to send and receive messages, and I feel fortunate to have been in a position to impact people’s lives,” concludes Mr. Scotland. “It is a great privilege to be receiving this honour -- for simply following through with something that I believed in.”