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Apr 19, 2021

Nestor Vasquez Dies at 90

Nestor Vasquez

Today, the United Democratic Party lost one of its giants. Nestor Vasquez, who was one of the founding members of the party in 1973, a key player in the creation of Belize Telecommunications Limited and a broadcast television pioneer passed away.  The United Democratic Party leadership expressed its sorrow and announced they would be flying their flag at party headquarters at half-mast.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

Condolences are being shared across social media to the family and friends of former B.T.L. Chairman Nestor Vasquez. The former owner of Tropical Vision/Channel Seven succumbed this afternoon at the Belize Medical Associates where he was admitted in a coma after he slipped and hit his head inside his house over the weekend.

 

Michael Finnegan, Former Politician

“I found out about Mister Vasquez’s death sometime this afternoon and I was shock and I felt the grief because he was closes associated to his beloved United Democratic Party, which I am associated with also.”

 

Michael Peyrefitte

Michael Peyrefitte, Chairman, U.D.P.

“Mister Vasquez is one of our founding members, one of our trustees – a giant within the U.D.P. and his passing today as I said is a very, very sad day for us. And I want to take the opportunity to give my condolences on behalf of the U.D.P. to the Vasquez family during their time of bereavement.”

 

Vasquez served the U.D.P. in various capacities over the last four decades. He sat as Chairman of the Investment Committee for S.S.B. and also a member on the Central Bank Board. His most recent post was as Chairman of Belize Telemedia Limited. U.D.P. Chairman, Michael Peyrefitte reflects on the party stalwart.

 

Michael Peyrefitte

“I personally met Net when we both say on the Public Utilities Commission and I found him to be such a high spirited, high energy, passionate and committed individual. When you spoke to Net, you knew that you would be listening to a history of Belize; you knew that the knowledge and experience that this man had – Belize pre-independence, post-independence – you knew he was an excellent source of information and guidance and jut an overall advisor and elder statesman for the U.D.P.”

 

Michael Finnegan

Michael Finnegan

“I became closely associated with Net Vasquez during 1972, when all the splinter opposition parties were getting together to form this great United Democratic Party which formed in 1973. During the formation, he played an important role in getting all the political parties together. When the party became the U.D.P., his role became better as the party was penniless and he along with my good friend Henry Young personally financed this party from their bare pocket. And that’s how this party from 1973 to 1979 was kept afloat.”

 

Even though Vasquez was recently the subject of an audit at B.T.L., his comrades lauded him for his years of service.

 

Michael Finnegan

“He was among the few good people that I have met in my lifespan. We are all human beings and we all fall short of his glory, so irrespective of what the situation, Net as far as I am concerned was one of the better few people that I have met in my lifespan.”

 

Nestor Vasquez, dead at 90. Duane Moody for News Five.

 

Nestor Vasquez will be laid to rest on Friday, April twenty-third. News Five extends its condolences to Jules Vasquez and our media colleagues at Channel Seven.


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