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Below is an explanation of how this came about. My brother Frank came up with the idea and wrote this.
I recently lost a cousin who died tragically in her 30's. Unfortunately I had not been in touch with my cousin for many years, but the pain is still there! My way of coping with my grief was to write a poem in my cousin's memory. I asked Angie to post it on her website as a lasting tribute to the deceased. Because Angie's website gets lots of traffic, I am showing the world my love for my cousin for eternity.
Xavier (Harvey) Sandoval bottom passed away after illness on Sunday, January 13. He was a prominent Baranguna. He is most known as our comedian and resident entertainer. He enterained people with Uraugas. A riddle that he told was what is the bible? The BIBLE is Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. He will be missed.
Thanks to Freda for posting the picture above taken in 1999
Ms Ambrosine Mejia Martinez was born in Barranco on June 12, 1904. She lived to the ripe age of 95. She died of old age on June 1, 2010 in New York where she resided with her grandchildren, great grand children and great great grand children. She will be buried in Barranco, Belize on her 96th birthday, June 12, 2010.
She raised her two children, Gloria Martinez and Clinton Martinez. She also helped to raise all her nieces and nephews and also her grandchildren. Her daughter, Gloria, passed away in childbirth. So she had the task or taking care of Gloria's children. Grandma Ambo was loved by her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and all who came to know when she was alive.
I had the privilige of seeing her and taking some pictures of her in April 2010. I am so touched that she was in good health and high spirits when I visited with her. I was able to love up on her in the short time I visited with her. She was well taken care of and will be missed. RIP Grandma Ambo (my grand aunt, my dad's last living aunt).
The Bregal Family and the National Garifuna Council sadly announce the sudden passing of a great father, son and dynamic promoter of the
Garifuna Culture, Music and Dance, Mr. Moses ‘Roysus’ Bregal Sr. His sudden demise took place in the early hours of Thursday, June 17th, leaving the community and the country reeling with shock and pain at the loss of yet another of our cultural icons.
Moses ‘Roysus” Bregal was instilled with a deep love of his Garifuna Culture by his parents, especially his mother, the late Julietta ‘Look fu yu own’ Bregal, who participated in all Garifuna Rituals and other activities, including the Annual Re-enactment of the Arrival of the Garinagu to Central America and Belize.
Roysus, as he was popularly known, was a member of the Warigabaga International Dance Group in the 1980’s and travelled with them to CARIFESTA in Jamaica and Cuba, Festival Cervantino in Mexico, European Music & Dance Festivals in London. Scotland, Austria, Germany in 1992, Belizean Carnival in Miami, as well as other events in Guatemala and Honduras.
Because of his love of dance, and his ability to beat the drums as well as sing all genres of Garifuna songs, Roysus was selected by the National Arts Council in the 1980’s to study choreography in Jamaica under the tutelage of the late, great Rex Nettleford! That month of intense study showed him the possibilities of taking Garifuna Dance to a higher level and he devoted the rest of his life to working with youths in order to pass on his knowledge, as well as his passion for all things ‘Garifuna’.
Roysus was also a musician who beat the snare drum in several bands as well as being a member of the Forever Band, with which he produced several hit songs, including one called ‘ Kopes, Kolopes’. One of his many favourites was a song called ‘ When I da my boy an gal’ .
Roysus formed the Ilagulei (ROOTS) Dance Group around 1995 and with them he was able to showcase the talents of the young people in music, poetry and dance. He is the author of the Poem ‘ Ayante Adugahatinyu’ which is a reflection of the fisherfolks who bring in the catch for the Dugu Ritual. The dance he loved to perform the most was one called ‘Galun’. Around 1995 he composed the song he is probably most famous for ‘AIDS IS A KILLER’, which he did to draw attention to the AIDS Epidemic!
In order to ensure that they would have materials to work with, Roysus spent a great deal of time collecting songs and making videos of cultural events and saving them in his personal Cultural Library. He was an avid composer and generally preferred traditional music since he felt that there is where the true meaning of Garifunaduau resides.
The Garifuna Community is saddened at the loss of Moses ‘Roysus’ Bregal and extend their deepest sympathy to his wife, Almira, children Dianne, Yvonne, Heston and Moses Jr, his grandchildren as well as to his sisters, Mrs. Olivia Nunce Miguel, Ms. Syl Bregal, Mrs. Catherine Baltazar and the other members of his extended family, and most especially to his nephew, Mervin ‘Rugged’ Flores of Hamalali Radio Station!
We continue to lose our great culture bearers and we continue to ask ‘ who will fill their empty shoes?” Roysus has done his part and has moved on to be with the ancestors. May he rest in peace and rise in glory!
Emilio Flores a member of this website community passed away suddenly on Tuesday June 29, 2010. This website was launched on April 1, 2009 and Emilio became a member on April 2. He was fond of this website. May he rest in peace. I am praying for his children, parents, siblings and family members during this difficult time.
Emilio resides in Los Angeles. He was born in Dangriga Town, Belize on May 30, 1953. He is survived by his parents Mr. Daniel Flores and Mrs Dominga Flores. He has four children, Elsie Flores, Emilio Dave Flores, Emelia Flores and Emily Flores. He also has six siblings, Ms Rita Bernardez, Ms Jane Garcia, Ms Lydia Flores, Mr Leonard Flores, Ms Francine Flores Lucas and Mr Arthur Flores.
He was a math teacher in Belize and he migrated 29 years ago to Los Angeles. He continued the teaching career in schools in the Los Angeles area, including St Michaels School. He was on vacation from teaching math at Pacific Alliance Academy in Compton, CA.
May his soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in eternal peace.
The viewing will be on Friday July 9 at 5 PM - 9 PM at Rachel's Funeral Home, 5708 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90037
The funeral will be on Saturday, July 10 at 9:30 AM at Holy Cross Cemetry 5835 W. Slauson Ave, Culver City, 90230
Repast will follow at Emilio's home 1157 W 76th St, Los Angeles, CA
From: Verona Jemmottburks
Subject: Passing of Lyndon Smith
It is with my deepest sympathy that I inform you of the death of Lyndon Smith who passed Friday evening (7/30/2010). Lyndon is one of the youngest brothers of Laverne, Lorna, Edison & Elaine Smith Proby. The Smith family has served the Belizean Communities both in United States & Belize for many years through their unselfish commitment & dedication with Consortium for Belizean Development, Belizean Heritage Association, & Elegant Flair Dance Group in the Los Angeles Area. At present Elaine, Laverne & Lorna serve on the National Committee and Edison serves as a Western Region Director of the Consortium for Belizean Development. Lyndon died from a massive heart attack at the tender age of 41. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Kindly lift them up in your prayers in their time of grief & pain.
Verona J. Burks JP
Vice Pres. Western Region Consortium For Belizean Development
President- Belizean Heritage Association
Director- Elegant Flair
Subject: THE DEATH OF MERLENE NASARIO-JOSEPH SUNRISE: 05-02-64 SUNSET: 08-02-10
Date: Wed, 4 Aug 2010 10:06:44 -0400
It is with deep regret that my Family announce the passing of our beloved sister, relative and friend Mrs Merlene Nasario-Joseph. The viewing will be held at Grace Funeral Chapel In Brooklyn on North Conduit the . to 9:00 P.M. They are requesting that we allow them the use of the Wabatou Cultural Center from . Until !!!. I have no objection to this request and I am asking all fellow Officers to state their positions on this matter. Her cousins Verna Sabal and Bembe Caliz have contributed financially and in many other ways to the United Garifuna Association. Plus, this is one of the main reason why we have a cultural center to accomodate our people when we are called upon to do so. I visited the family last night on behalf of the association and was there until 2:00 A.M. this morning. This gesture will bring many more dividends to the association for the near future.
Mjr. Andrew Lewis (R) was appointed as Chief Pilot in the Marine Department effective August 16, 2010. Mjr. Lewis joined the Belize Ports Authority on April 1, 2000 as Trainee Pilot and Logistics and Supplies Manager after having served in the Belize Defence Force for 16 years in various positions. On May 28, 2001 he received his Pilot’s License and was upgraded to Ag. Deputy Harbour Master in July 2001. In December 2001 he participated in the Regional Training course for Instructors and in July 2002 he participated in the Regional Course on Port Security for the Caribbean Countries. At the time of transition to the Privatized Company, Port of Belize Ltd. Mjr. Lewis opted to stay with the newly acquired company and his post was changed to include Manager Maintenance Department, a position he held until September 1, 2006. In September 2003 Mjr. Lewis participated in the Simulation Training held at the RTM Star Center in Fort Lauderdale in preparation for the arrival of the larger cruise vessels scheduled to come to Belize.
We congratulate Mjr. Lewis on his new appointment and look forward to his continued cooperation.
Dear Friends and Family Members,
On behalf of the United Garifuna Association Inc. New York State Chapter and our President Mr. Alfonso Cayetano his nephew, we hereby extend our sympathy to the family of Mr. Silas Cayetano a former Educator, Public Servant and Senator of Belize. He died suddenly yesterday Saturday the 18 th of September, 2010 in Belize City. He will be sadly missed by all of us and his contributions to our citizens and country will never be forgotten. State Funeral arrangements will be made public as soon as it becomes available to us. May his soul rest in peace.
Wellington C. Ramos
Director of Public Relations
United Garifuna Association Inc.
The wake for Mr Silas Cayetano will be on Wednesday September 22 at 7 pm at Birds Isle in Belize City from 7 - 10 pm.
The funeral service will be on Thursday September 23 at 2:00 pm at St Ignatius Church in Belize City.
It is with deep regret announce the passing of Augustine Leo Liu, A Leo Liu, who passed away on Sunday March 6. Mr Liu was a member of this website community. He is also a kind person and a friend of my family. You will be missed.
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the death of Mr Leo Liu. He was a business man and a people person. He was also a member of this website community. He will be greatly missed. I am happy that I got to know you and do business with you. Thanks for all that you did for us. My condolence to your wife, children and other family members.
Please note there will be a mass MARCH 19 @4:Pm at SACRED Heart PARISH Dangriga for Augustine Leo Liu he had done so much in Dangriga and touch so much ,gone but will never be forgotten R.I.P