Former Cabinet Minister Elijio “Joe” Briceno, father of current People’s United Party (PUP) leader John Briceno, is in an extremely grave condition at the Northern Regional Hospital at this hour.
PUP chairman Henry Charles Usher today asked for the prayers and thoughts of all Belizeans and PUP’s to be with Mr. Briceno and his family at this time.
Briceno served as Minister of Energy and Communications in the 1979-1984 term of the PUP under the late Right Honorable George Price. He later retired from politics in favour of his son, who has held the Orange Walk Central seat ever since.
Former People’s United Party (PUP) Minister of Energy and Communications, Elijio “Joe” Briceno has died. Briceno, who was the father of the PUP’s current leader John Briceno, passed away at a private hospital in Belize City.
On his Facebook page, PUP Leader John Briceno posted comments saying his father died at the stroke of midnight on Sunday in the company of relatives. Briceno said he loved his father all his life and that he was grateful for the life his father gave his family and for his service to Belize.
Hours before that, Briceno asked people via the same medium to pray for his dad, who was approaching the end.
Joe Briceno was Belize’s Minister of Energy and Communications from 1979 to 1984 under the late Right Honorable George Price. He represented Orange Walk North.
PUP MOURNS THE DEATH OF FORMER CABINET MINISTER AND FATHER OF LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
The Peoples United Party, Orange Walkenos and Belizeans on a whole are mourning the death of Mr. Elijio Joe Briceno father of Leader of the Opposition John Briceno. Elijio Joe Briceno died on Saturday May 21st at midnight after falling gravely ill. At the time of his death he was surrounded by family and friends. “Don Joe or boss Joe” as he was affectionately known served as a member of Cabinet for two consecutive terms from 1974 to 1984 and tonight we look back at his years of service to the people of Belize and his numerous contributions to the development of the country.
Don “Joe” Laid To Rest
Earlier you heard the Prime Minister's comments on the latest developments on the diplomatic front between Belize and Guatemala. We met him in Orange Walk earlier this evening, but he was not there on official business.
He was actually there in a sort of informal capacity, to attend the funeral service of the late Joe Briceño, a stalwart PUP, former Government Minister, and two time representative for Orange Walk. He is also happens to be the father of the now leader of the People's United Party.
Today, the Prime Minister and a few other UDP Ministers paid a courtesy visit to the Leader of the Opposition and attended his father's funeral. Minister for Port Loyola even offered a few kind words to the late Briceno during the official funeral service.
Today we spoke to the PM who told us that while He and the Briceno's are political enemies, outside of that political arena is no space for animosity. And so today it was just right to join in honor the legacy of the late Briceno.
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize "We're here for two reasons. Number one because of Mr. Bricenos towering contributions to the progress and development of this nation when he was alive and when he was minister and we're also here out of respect for his son who's currently the leader of the opposition."
Emanuel Pech "Now a lot of your members not only came here but they also presented some very kind words to the former PUP minister. What was the importance of having them say a few words, choice words about their former opponent?"
Rt. Hon Dean Barrow - Prime Minister of Belize "Well again this an official funeral because Mr. Briceno was a member of government and so it was our duty to in fact offer words of remembrance with respect to his public life and contribution to the nation."
And this news…Elijio Briceño, affectionately known as Don Joe or Boss Joe, was laid to rest in his hometown of Orange Walk on Wednesday. The former Minister of Energy and Communications passed away Saturday at midnight, and the celebration of his life in an official funeral brought together politicians from both sides, family members, friends and many others whose lives he had impacted positively. His eulogy, a touching and personal farewell, was read by his son, P.U.P. leader John Briceño.
John Briceño, Son of Elijio Briceño
“Our dad was a man who made mistakes, who at times got it wrong and who sometimes made bad judgments in like we all do, but we survive this life—not in how we fall, but how much better we become when we rise. I also know that he worked hard every day at being a better person and for that reason, the man who rode tall on a horse always got back in the saddle after a fall. He did this because he was always working to be better at something. This is why his legacy will always be the total sum of a man who every day tried harder. For him, the effort was as important as the result. I truly believe that my father’s spirit of generosity and determination reside in each of his children and in his grandchildren. I want to hope it resides in many others too for it is a spirit that always had great faith in his God and in the future. Dad, when you see mom, Tio Polo, Ramona, Tio Charro, Tio Laro, Tia Clorie, Tia Dina, Tina Mattie and your son, Polito, tell them we miss them and we remember them in our prayers. You are right dad, family is first. Yes, there is good in everyone. Hard work, drive and ambition pays off and true, Belize is the greatest place on earth. We know what we have to do dad. We will build Belize, and on that you have my word. Gracias dad; we love you. Rest now. Vaya con dios.”