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Residents of San Pedro started the New Year with some sad and unfortunate news as island resident and a great friend to many passed away after suffering an accident in the early morning hours of Monday, January 2, 2012.

Thomas Kimbrell an employee of Fido’s Restaurant and Bar was pronounced dead at 1:35a.m. by Dr. Lorenzo Nicholson on January 2, after he suffered a fatal fall from the third floor of his apartment complex.

According to reports Kimbrell was leaving his apartment on the third floor of the Manelly's building located on the corner of Barrier Reef Drive and Pelican Street, after walking his dogs. Friends mentioned that he was going to meet some friends. It had been raining and Kimbrell slipped on the first couple of steps and fell down the stairs. According to police reports, Tom broke his neck, suffered a cut wound to his head and died instantly.

Thomas Kimbrell was a beloved member of the Fido's Family. A memorial service at Fido's aptly titled "Tom's Party" will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 at 3:00p.m. to celebrate his life. All who loved Tom are invited to attend.

Ambergris Today