Monday, June 24, 2024

In Loving Memory: Santiago Vasquez and Kitty Fox


22 Santiago VasquezIn Loving Memory of Santiago Felipe Vásquez Sr.
Sunrise: September 13, 1934
Sunset: May 28, 2015ox
El ha escogido tu barca! A pronunciado tu nombre. Jesús te ha dicho ¡No temas Santiago!
Seras pescador de hombres…
Con el corazón herido hoy le damos un ultimo adios a un esposo, padre, abuelo, bis abuelo, tío, hermano, compadre, amigo y gran pescador de nuestra comunidad San Pedrana.
Santiago Felipe Vásquez Sr. nació un 13 de Septiembre de 1934 de sus padres José Turiano Vásquez y Herminia Toloza Vásquez en la hermosa aldea de San Pedro Belice. Junto con sus hermanos Pedro, Héctor y Flavio y sus hermanas Socorro y Florinda Vásquez todos difuntos gozaron de una niñez feliz y placentera.
Como cualquier otro joven se dedico a la pesca. Este oficio fue su gran pacion. Unió su vida a su primera esposa Victoria Sansorez; del cual nacieron sus dos hijos mayors Leovijildo Vásquez y Beatriz Vásquez. Las circunstancias de la vida y razones familiars hicieron que esta unión no fuese duradera y eterna.
Tio San nuevamente encontro el amor y unió su vida a su ahora esposa la Sra. Idolina Vásquez. Esta unión dio a nacer a sus hijos Eloyna Bliss, Herminia Guerrero, Lorna Vásquez y Santiago Vásquez Jr. Tio San es abuelo de 18 nietos y 10 bis nietos.
En nombre de sus hijos le dedican estás palabras…Papá, tu vida con nosotros siempre sera recordado. Usted ha sido el padre perfecto. Siempre lo recordaremos por las cosas que ha hecho en este mundo. Usted fue un hombre que amo a su familia, amo la musica, y el béisbol. Fue fanatico de los Chicago Cubs. Fue un buen padre y siempre nos dio lo major de la vida. A nuestra madre la amastes y te preocupastes por ella durante toda tu vida, incluso a través de sus momentos dificiles.
Para tus hemranos y hermanas fuistes un hermano carinoso y amoroso. Para tus sobrinos un tio ejemplar y querendon. Siempre estuvo alli para ayudar a sus amigos y familiares. Es doloroso perder a un gran hombre, esposo, padre, abuelo, bis abuelo, tío, amigo y gran pescador. Te recordaremos con esa gran sonrisa que iluminaba tu rostro y esa carcajada feliz con la cual nos alegrabas la vida.
No te decimos adiós sino un hasta luego. Descanse en Paz nuestro querido Viejo.

Written and Read By: Amelio Eriberto Vasquez

Kitty Fox

Born September 18th, 1946 – Died May 28th, 2015

23 Kitty FoxWith enormous sadness at her passing and unbounded joy at having known her in life, we  wish to commemorate the life of Kitty Fox, who was a mother, a grandmother, and a friend to the many and varied people who basked in the warmth of her essence and gained wisdom from her ever keen intellect.

Kitty Fox was born in 1946 to Mr and Mrs. Robert Fox in Rochester, New York. She attended Victor Central High School along with her two brothers and went on to attend the Sate University of New York in Buffalo, where she studied psychology.

Whilst on holiday Belize in the mid 80’s Kitty feel in love with our country and moved lock, stock and barrel to Placencia in 1985. At that time there were only three small hotels on the peninsula and Kitty entertained a vision to build beach front accommodations. She opened “Kittys Place” in 1987 with three rooms, a restaurant, and the very first dive shop in Placencia where Kitty provided the first scuba diving class for local guides in Placencia in 1990 with training provided by Larry Parker.

Kitty’s Place was a popular local hangout offering the first televised sporting events where the villagers of Placencia could see boxing, the World Cup and American football.   With partner Ranny Villanueva, French Louie Caye was developed into a remarkable private island retreat. Kitty was a pioneer who was just being herself, and having a extraordinary adventure… and she made it possible for others to do the same.

Journalist Lan Slauder called Kitty’s Place”a casual, barefoot kind of place.  Not fancy but just about perfect,” Tom Brokaw called Kittys “a no hassle get-away in a beautiful place”.  French Louie Caye delivered an experience that was at the very least fantastic, and could also be completely life changing.

Kitty was no stranger to hard work and continued working throughout the course of her life in many occupations including land and resort development, the food industry and her last occupation as an insurance broker with RF&G. She was also a member of several tourism and business associations as well as being an active promoter of sound environmental practices for her beloved Placenca.

Winston Churchill once said,

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. 

The fact that Kitty lived a full life is clearly expressed by the messages of condolence received by friends and family from every corner of the globe.

On behalf of the family, we want to thank you all for sharing this time with us. Your kind notes and thoughtful messages are a tribute to Kiity, and a true demonstration of a life well lived.

In closing, we would like to share another simple and profound passage from the book of Proverbs;

“The memory of a good person is a blessing.” 

In our hearts and thoughts and prayers Kitty will remain, and we will be blessed for it.

Thank you all once again from Kitty’s partner – Randolf Villanueva of Belize, brother – Robert A Fox from New Jersey, Children – Jason and Maija Preibe, and grandchildren- Kylon Preibe, Zeke Arnold and Indra Haulze all from Colorado. Kitty is predeceased her parents and younger brother.


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