Mr. Godsman Ellis
It is with profound sadness that we
record the January 9, 2013 passing
of a pioneering Belizean, Mr.
Godsman Celestino Ellis, 83.
Godsman Celestino Ellis was born
in Honduras on November 9, 1929. He
passed away on January 9, 2013,
exactly two months after his 83rd
Although he was born in Honduras,
his visionary Belizean father by birth
decided it would be best to register his
son in British Honduras.
When Godsman Ellis was only eight
months old his father returned to
British Honduras where Godsman
would spend the rest of his life.
He attended Sacred Heart Primary
School in Dangriga up until he was ten
years of age, when he was approached
by an instructor named Eric
Sebastian requesting for Godsman to
accompany him to Xaibe Village
in the Corozal District where he
completed his primary education.
It was in the Corozal District that
the young Godsman Ellis was afforded
the opportunity to learn the Spanish
language. It was also in Corozal that
he discovered his appreciation for the
At age 16 he passed the first class
teacherís examination and became a
full pledge teacher at Sacred Heart
Primary School in Dangriga.
Godsman Ellis was raised by his
grandmother who was financially
unable to send him to high school; as a
result Ellis decided to begin what would
turn out to be a long teaching career.
He spent several years teaching at
the Sacred Heart Primary School
before being drafted to attend St.
Johnís College in Belize City to take
part in a teacherís training course. He
graduated from the training course with
a Cambridge Diploma and went on to
attend the teacherís college in Belize
City before leaving to teach in the
southern village of Dolores in the
After graduating from St. Johnís
College, he was asked to take up the post of principal, in 1951, at August
Pine Ridge in the Orange Walk
1951 was one of the most
memorable years of Godsman
Celestino Ellisí life not only because
he was appointed as the principal of a
school but also because it was the very
same year the he married to the love
of his life Ms. Ethel Sampson, the
woman who would remain by his side
for the next 61 years of his life right
up to his passing.
The marriage produced seven well
rounded children, five girls and two
He lived a most enjoyable and fun
life, he has traveled the world, received
numerous awards for his dedication and
service to Belize.
In 1957 he was awarded
a scholarship to study in British
Colombian, Canada, where he majored
in Soil Survey. A field that would
cement his name in the agricultural
sector of Belize for many years. He
returned to Belize in 1961 and was
appointed to the post of Agricultural
officer stationed in Central Farm.
Then in 1961 came the devastating
hurricane Hattie almost destroying
British Honduras. Godsman Ellis was
instrumental in organizing the farmers
travelling around the country to assist
in the rehabilitation process.
In 1967 the need to open an
agriculture school was realized and the
man to head he school was to be none
other than Godsman Ellis. He remained
in that position until he retired at the
age of 50.
Being a visionary and a dedicated
hard working individual, Ellis tried his
hands at many things including Peanut
butter manufacturing business. We all
remember Gabella Peanut Butter
factory on Carillo Avenue in Santa
Elena, Cayo. However external
competition made it difficult for him to survive in the industry.
His love for country led him into the
Tourism industry where he shared his
knowledge with visitors from across
the globe as a trained professional and
experienced tour guide who had
dreams of making Belize the number
one tourism destination in the world.
Ten years ago he travelled to
Guatemala to share the natural wealth
that Belize had to offer. It was then
that he was involved in a serious
traffic mishap. He was hospitalized for
several months due to the extent of
the injuries. His passion has always
been to be among people, sharing his knowledge with anyone who would
listen. The accident almost took away
his ability to share with others. It
removed some of his fire in his belly.
Since that accident he was never the
man he once proudly was.
At age 83, he passed away quietly in
his sleep at home in San Ignacio Town,
Cayo, during the night of Wednesday
January 9, 2013. Funeral services will
be held in Dangriga on Saturday,
January 19, 2013 where the mortal
remains of this inspiring Belizean will
be laid to rest. Rest in Peace Sir
Godsman, Rest in Eternal Peace.
Your Job on Mother Earth is done!