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May 16, 2012

P.U.P. mourns passing of first leader

The People’s United Party has lost its first leader. Today, the party expressed its condolences to the family of John Smith, who died on Tuesday in Metairie, Louisiana. Smith, who was ninety-three years old, passed away at home with his wife, Consuelo and their children by his side.  In Belize, Smith founded the People’s Committee in 1948 and became the first leader of the P.U.P. in 1950. Earlier in his political career, he was also a part of the Belize City Council for over ten years, including a term as mayor from 1947 to 1950. Smith was a member of the legislative assembly for six years, from 1948 to 1954. He subsequently migrated to the United States, but remained a proud Belizean. Smith is survived by Consuelo, his wife of sixty-five years, daughters: Jean Benard, Anne Angelle, Donna Bodin, and Patricia Smith; Sons-in-law, Gary Benard, Terry Angelle, and Russell Bodin as well as eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. Funeral Services will be held at the St. Phillip Neri Church in Louisiana on Saturday. John Smith, dead at ninety-three.

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6 Responses for “P.U.P. mourns passing of first leader”

  1. Eye in the Sky says:

    He was smart and got out of Belize very very very early and lived a successful and safe life in the USA. He could see in what direction Belize was heading already in the 50′s.

  2. CEO says:

    Don’t trick yourself! America is not heaven as many Belizeans try to portray. The US went through many struggles and are still struggling with very simple issues. They had the same growing pains Belize is having now.

    We may be poor but there was a time when we treated each other very well and lived peacefully. Perhaps you may be too young to know but we were able to walk the streets very late at nights with no shooting and sensless killing. Unfortunately we are now copying Americs and are killing each other to supply thirst for drugs!

  3. Seletar says:

    CEO is way right — the States had slavery, Civil War that decimated a generation, and more problems. Every country does.

    But some countries handle them better than others, and come out better off for it. I think Belize is in the middle of a grave crisis — uncontrolled foreign immigration, growing and senseless street gang violence, surrounded on all sides by narco-states, and lacking sound government budget and financial planning to build an economy based solidly on actual jobs and productivity.

    But we have more land than we need, and that’s a valuable asset if developed, we are one of the premier dive- and eco-tourism places in the world, so WITH THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP, there could be hope.

    As for Smith, I respect him for having been forward-looking, patriotic, and bold enough to try to organise a homegrown political party. I wonder what he would think of either PUP or UDP today? I wish I could have asked him.

  4. matti says:

    To Eye in the sky :

    If you dislike Belize so much get out and shut up. If u already left keep your useless chatter to yourself.

  5. RG Belizean says:

    Totally agree with CEO…America has 50 states when we watch the news it only gives us mostly what is happening in the city or county that we live. If we had to calculate all the murders that happen for the year within all 50 states I am positive it will surpass Belize’s murder rate. Belize is so small when we hear about all these killings it seems as if our country is falling apart.

    I pray for our country…and with everything that is happening in Belize. I will always visit home because there is no place like Belize!!!

  6. GEORGE BANNER says:

    All belizeans should the names John Smith and Lee Richardson. These two great Belizeans are indeed the real Father of the nation of British Honduras (now Belize) May God light always shine on the names John Smith and Lee Richardson.of Belize, Central America. This is George Banner reporting from the Village of Brooklyn, New York in the Republic of the great USA!

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