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Apr 6, 2020

Belize City Mayor Mourns Passing of Hubert Pipersburgh

The Belize City Council, the Belize Territorial Volunteers and many others are mourning the passing of Hubert Pipersburgh, the first casualty of COVID-19 in the country.  The fifty-five-year-old returned to Belize several years ago after living in the United States for quite some time.  Upon his return, Pipersburgh became active in the sociopolitical discourse before landing a job at City Hall with the Wagner administration.  There he first served in the capacity of communications manager and liaised with the media on a number of occasions.  He was also a close friend of Mayor Bernard Wagner, having attended primary school with him at Queen’s Square Anglican.  We spoke with Mayor Wagner earlier, who is still taken aback by the tragic passing of his colleague.

 

On the Phone: Bernard Wagner, Belize City Mayor

“I noh think none ah we really come to grips yet with the passing of Hugh.  He was a very happy, engaging, high IQ guy, charismatic; got along with almost everyone and for the most part was the voice of the diaspora brothers and sisters.  Pipe really wanted to come back and serve his country and serve his city and that is why he returned to Belize and to help Belize City and like he always used to tell me, he said, “Mayor, we need to work on turning Belize City into a modern city.”  And that is what we have been doing for the past two years together.  I still have a lot of questions, I didn’t know that this would have happened to one of our close friends.  Personally, to me, he was a close friend.  We went to school together, Queen Square School.  I am still grappling with this obviously.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“What message or what words would you have for your city council at this point in time?  A lot of you guys were in contact with him, a lot of you guys befriended him over the time you worked together.  What word of either consolation or a word of advice, perhaps, would you share with all the employees of the Belize City Council?”

 

 

On the Phone: Bernard Wagner

“I want to reassure our staff that Hugh, we want to learn from Hugh.  We can’t have his demise just happen and we don’t learn from him.  We have to practice the protocols as set out, the social distancing, the isolation; comply with the state of emergency, comply with the curfew hours, practice good hygiene.


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