The following is a list of old Belizean characters. It includes inputs by several BZCulture group members. If
there are any other old names and characters that you recall, let's add them
to the list. This is not intended to make fun of anyone, but simply to
remember the good old times.
Aunt Marie - Dingers nanny and made the most delicious lemon curd tarts for
Baron Bliss - handcrank wheelchair
Bero - rode horses at the barracks/laughed just like one
Bradda Roy - use to sell sweets, fruits, etc. from a cart in front of Holy
Brother Jake - Holy Redeemer boy scouts
Bug - miasi bug
Buns - mulecart operator with large mules
Cassa - Policeman with cane
Catate - another original battyman
Chicken - wizened old story weaver, with a pet machete
Chicky-chick - spitter and founder of the BAKC (Belizean Association of Kaka
Choati - another original battyman
Cleavey - Big tief who folks say could run faster backwards than most folks could run forward.
Corner Shot - paraplegic fisherman-fished alone at Barracks
Day Ghost - albino
Diggy-batty-ruby - self explanatory
Dil-lo - Another original battyman. Use to always go around saying egg,egg,egg,egg. Supposedly because he used to tief eggs.
Don Marin - old man, vender at Holy Reedeemer
Dummy - deaf mute, operated the Bunny M.
Fr. Sullivan - drove around the Fort at night flashing a light in couples
Florine - beggar lady, wore layers of clothes and a brown felt hat
Fresh Dead - funeral parlor owner and maybe necrophiliac
George Mckenzie - voice behind Anansie stories on Radio Belize
Greasy man - shaved/greased/cat burglar
GUILTY - use to sell pepitos all over Belize City
Harold Shealy/DeShield - likeable drunk from St. Georges Caye
Hilly Lewis - gardener who could manicure a yard with a machete and could
always find manure for the ladies flower beds
Jackie Vasquez - great white hunter & botanist. Knew all native plants by
their scientific names.
Jack Slade - Mista Aspinal (blak til e blue til e shine). Taught Spanish at
Joe Young - legendary fisherman, harpooner & shipwright
John-Little-John - colorful renegade type always running from something
Johnny - midget
Johnson Sisters - de wan ya use to ker out sleck pan
Kobuh - derelict/allegedly from Ireland
Mackay - owned the Bunny M.
Major May Lamb - the best cook in town, kept other domestics in line hence
Masked Man - covered up in a disguise/bicycle cart
Mavis - another drunk; sell the ting fi shilling
Merengue Kid - Yard cutter who use to do tricks with his machette
Mr. Parks - owned the boat Mermaid
National Velvet - lady of the evening, morning & afternoon
Necktie Jesus - dis wan use to heng out by city council and weer som ches
Nice and Nasty, used to sell food at bridgefoot. Good food, not so good
Obeah Man - dis da mi wan krazy rass balli. Use to live bak a Ebenezer
Pandy - cab driver/Harry Bellafonte wannabe
****a-bed - old drunk who always smelled like ****
Quashie Man - Belizean term for a rapist.
Ramsey - East Indian mulecart operator/gospel preacher
Rudy Cabral - cross dresser and another original
Seferino Claudino Coleman - clown act and maybe another original
Shadow - ebony skinned man with large ivory teeth
Shekle - mulecart operator with small mules
Skinny - walked the streets with wild animals for sale
Smell **** – AKA Bredda Roy - Name self-explanatory. Use to heng out front a Distributors.
Tablada - the police man whe pull u ova fi traffic stuff
Titiwaya - mulecart operator with very small mules
Tools - boxer, ABC/XYZ, laughs like a mule
Trussa - little children were told he would take them away
Vivi - washed clothes in Foreshore water, hung them on the fences, business
slogan = "---- you fi 5 cents"
Walter - tongue pan chest
Whitey - Dr. Andrews sheep that chased and butted many into the Foreshore
Willy Wiley - ice cream parlor operator
Winis - beggar woman & maybe Greg's prom date
La Llorona traumatized me since childhood. Even currently I still get scared speaking of her. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Llorona
I remember this was a guy who wore a mask over his face and at night-time robbed folks in Belize City. A regular burglar. But in those days when people were not afraid to leave doors and windows open to catch the breeze in the evening, this mask man thing created quite a stir. I cannot recall if they ever caught the burglar, but I also remember that "mask man wah ketch yu" was used by parents to scare children into obedience when it was necessary.
Maybe I've gone back too far; but don't confuse this burglar "mask man" with another gentleman a little later who wore a mask all the time he was in public, day or night. They called him "mask man" too. He rode a bicycle or bicycle cart. He was said to have a disfigured face. I do not know if he is still alive, but I found out he had vitiligo. He was a businessman and not at all of a nefarious character. But yes, kids were afraid of him too.
The "Masked Man" I knew was always covered from head to foot. He wore
rubber boots all the time and always wore long pants and long-sleeve shirts.
He wore a rubber mask over his face. All you could see was his eyes.
I've never confirmed it but I was told my the older folks back then that
this individual was badly burned all over his face and body and thus the
reason for his garb.
This individual used to own a bicycle cart and transported groceries and
other stuff from place to place. I don't believe he was robbing anyone at
night. If that were really the case, he would have long been arrested and
taken off the streets.