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George "Big George" Besta succumbs to heart attack
Written by Wendy Auxillou
Monday, 07 May 2007

You either loved him or you hated him. George Besta, better known on the island as Big George, succumbed to a heart attack last night.

Big George was co-owner of the 1788 Motel and the Lazy Lizard bar at the Split.

Despite his at times gruff ways, Big George was a generous person, donating to many of the island's projects and causes many times over.

Rest in Peace, Big George.


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very sad. i'm gonna miss him a lot, he was quite the fellow....

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Despite my feelings about Big George,and his toward me, oddly he loved my adopted dog Jack,and Jack loved him. Through my dog I got to know Big Georges' softer side. Rest in peace George.


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George was an o.k. guy once you got to know him. He would surprise me with his unexpected generosity every once in a while.

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big george will be missed. i always stayed there when i was in caye caulker. he was a tough old fart who walked it like he talked it. no apologies needed.

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Any one know what's going on with the Hotel and bar??

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not sure about Hotel. Harry Dole who managed the Oceanside some years ago has taken over lease on the bar. They have been painting and cleaning up the place.brought some sand in and are going to reopen the roof. The place is looking good.


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Thanks for the info, I know the family in the States and I heard his sister went there to take care of all the business matters, although she was not received well on the island so I heard.
Sometimes you only get one side of the story! I think there was a partner in the Hotel, so I'm sure it will continue to run.

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Would you know how to reach the partner, Giggles?

Thanks and cheers,
Wendy Auxillou


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No, but I think he has friend there named Tom.....don't know his last name, sorry.

Also, there was a woman that worked for George named Molly, she would know I'm sure.


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