Former Prime Minister the Rt. Hon Sir Manuel Amadeo Esquivel has passed away.
He died on Thursday afternoon, February 10, after suffering from complications to the heart.
Esquivel was born in Belize City. He attended St John's College and subsequently earned a postgraduate certificate in physics education at Bristol University, England.
In 1984, Esquivel won the election to the House of Representatives, becoming prime minister for the first time shortly after. He held the seat until 1989 then regained the title and served as Prime Minister between1993-1998.
Esquivel was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986 and that earned him the title "Right Honourable”.
After the UDP won the February 2008 election, Esquivel was appointed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow as senior advisor to the UDP administration with the rank of minister on February 12, 2008. He was also appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George in 2010.
Esquivel is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Kathy), and three children—daughters Laura and Ruth and son David.
The Reporter extends its sympathies to the entire Esquivel family.