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Feb 13, 2017

Remembering Arthur Francisco of Pou’s Meat Pies

Arthur "Mister Pou" Francisco

Over the weekend, one of the city’s most popular residents passed away quietly. He was known as Mister Pou, but his real name is Arthur Francisco. The name Pou stuck to him because of his wife Rose Pou, who set up the thriving meat pie shop. In the industry, Pou’s meat pies are as good as it comes and the business on New Road is landmark having been established at that location for decades.  It has withstood the test of time and taste and even after his passing, the business will continue. News Five’s Duane Moody reports on the passing of Francisco.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

He is well-known around the Old Capital as Mister Pou, specifically for those delicious meat pies, hot out of the oven on New Road and now can be bought at several locations across the north and south side of Belize City. But on Sunday, Arthur Francisco passed away peacefully, leaving behind three daughters and twelve grandchildren among other relatives. Francisco was well-respected and loved in society and was known as a man of discipline and dedication.

 

Deon Sutherland

Deon Sutherland, Resident

“I knew him as a young boy growing up in this area – Douglas Jones Street/New Road. And I knew him more as an adult in terms of his spirituality. I’ve seen his discipline both as a human being in terms of treating people the way how he acts; and he would discipline everyone and anyone—it doesn’t matter if you were a child or an adult. I think that’s what people respected about him and that’s why he was all encompassing of people and he took his spirituality very serious, of course to the point where he was ordained as a minister and when you reach to that point, you know that you are serious about God and man.”

 

Up until his passing, Francisco was a member of the Emmanuel International Church…but back in 1999, his beloved friend, Apostle Joyce Young ordained him as a pastor of a Church of God in Christ. According to Pastor Young, she first met Brother Francisco back in 1982 when she first came to Belize as a twenty-nine year old missionary.

 

Joyce Street

Apostle Joyce Street, Pastor, Emmanuel International Church

“I lived right there with them on New Road and that was my first encounter with him, them and from then on, a lifetime friendship. As I was telling my congregation yesterday when I was breaking the news to them, we didn’t just lose a church member, but a friend. He was a friend to me. Over the years, I saw him go from church member back in that time and then deacon. Later on he told me he was pastoring a church there on North Front Street; Church of God in Christ. And I said great well who ordained you? did you have your license. And he said, no, I just have a small congregation and I teach. And I said well you know what, you have to be honored as the pastor of that congregation. And he said, yes I would like that; he says I need it.”

 

But while he is known as a man of the cloth, Francisco was also an athlete in his younger years. In 1966, he represented Belize at the Commonwealth Games in Jamaica in the weight-lifting category.

Belize has lost yet another icon and his legacy lives on in the memory of his family and residents who have had an encounter with Francisco.

 

Deon Sutherland

“When you lose somebody with that kind of discipline, responsibility, mannerism, the whole community suffers because he was known and loved. And I believe everyone in this area; as a matter of fact, the whole Belize City area will definitely grieve for him and his family because they know the support that he has given to the area. And of course he was a family man, very loved by his family and he exaggerated that in the love for his community.”

 

Apostle Joyce Street

“What I learned from Brother Auturo, he was a man of commitment; he was a persevering man, a discipline man, but he was a kind and a gentle man. He was a boxer earlier, but he was a gentle man and he was a jovial man. And he played harmonica. He was always a helpful, nurturing guy.”

 

And of course, people can still enjoy Pou’s meat pies on New Road.

 

Deon Sutherland

“I wasn’t a regular, but I have contributed and patronizing the shop now and again. So I wouldn’t say that I am a regular; but yes because I knew him, because I knew the product was a good product, yes I would definitely visit and purchase.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Arthur Francisco dead at eighty-six.

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