Dr. Carl Meggs Dies in Orange Walk; Friends Remember “a Great Man”
There is another death of a prominent Belizean to report tonight, this time in Orange Walk Town. Dental surgeon Doctor Carl Meggs was active in the medical community up north and was an advisor to the Orange Walk Town Council. He was found dead Friday evening at his dental clinic by his common-law-wife after she could not reach him by phone. It appeared that he suffered a massive heart attack. As his family and the community try to pick up the pieces, longstanding friend and Mayor of Orange Walk Town, Kevin Bernard, told News Five that “Doc” will never be forgotten for his humanitarian work in the town and service to the country.
On the Phone: Kevin Bernard, Friend of Deceased
“He was a family man; he appreciated family, he appreciated his close friends. I can tell you that he had a close circle of friends, a very small circle of friends that he called family. I am glad to have been part of that small circle of friends that he considered. And of course he contributed a lot to this community; I know that even when I was going to Sixth Form, I could recall Dr. Meggs coming around the schools, giving pep talks on hygiene and other medical matters. I know he served on the Medical Council; at one point I think he was chairman of the Medical Council. He has worked very closely with us here in Orange Walk through the People’s United Party; and he hosted programmes – “Meeting the Candidates” a program leading to my re-election in 2015. We have lost a great man, we have lost a great Belizean patriot. He loved this country; he wanted to see this country better; he wanted to see improvements in health care, health education; that was his thing. And I know through the medical school that he was working with that he contributed a lot; and I know the students there of the medical school will also miss him, just as we are very much missing him. I am still in disbelief to be honest with you; I cannot believe that this has happened. And so it comes as a great loss and a great shock that a great man such as “Doc” Meggs, a personal friend of mine, has gone to his Maker.”
Doctor Meggs was also Chief of the Northern Regional Hospital and chair of the Belize Medical Council. He is survived by his partner Flor and their three children along with other family members. Funeral services have been arranged for Saint John’s Cathedral in Belize City this coming Saturday, March eleventh, followed by burial at Homeland Memorial Cemetery, according to his final wishes. Buses will be available from the Orange Walk Town Hall starting at eleven a.m. for those from the North wishing to attend the funeral.