Our Community - Eddie Halliday Sr. - "The happy 'handyman' of San Pedro"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 33            August 29, 2002

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Eddie Halliday Sr.

When you are switching channels on your television set, you will occasionally come upon a program showing viewers how to remodel their own house - building a porch or refurbishing a kitchen or bath. Although the TV announcers seem to make everything look simple, people must either have a strong desire to accomplish the task, or better yet, they hire someone to do it for them. This week The San Pedro Sun is pleased to introduce a person who is a skilled maintenance worker and is also quite "handy" to have around - Eddie Halliday Sr.

    Eddie was born in Belize City to Nora Rosado Halliday from San Pedro Town and Buddy Halliday of Belize City on October 13th, 1954. He attended Holy Redeemer Primary School in Belize City before the family moved to Central Farm in the Cayo District where Eddie attended St. Barnabas Primary School.

    When Eddie was twelve years old his family moved again, to San Pedro where Eddie joined his father working as a builder (carpenter) in the workshop underneath their home. For several years, the father and son team provided the growing population of San Pedro with beautiful woodwork. They were then hired to work for Paradise Hotel as full-time maintenance workers until 1973. Eddie was a very outgoing person, full of exciting stories and great ambitions to promote San Pedro. Tourists enjoyed his company and asked Eddie to be their tour guide while they were visiting the island. Eventually he became a full-time tour guide taking tourists snorkeling, fishing and diving.

    Following this occupation, Eddie joined the crew of Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) in San Pedro as a plant operator. During this time, he also worked with another local man managing the island's water system and was in charge of the only mobile fire pump on the island. After dedicating fifteen years to BEL, Eddie decided it was time to move on and went to work for Stanley & Selon Construction Company as the project foreman responsible for finishing the Paradise Villas project. Having completed this, Eddie was hired again as a project foreman for the Belize Yacht Club. When the resort opened, he was asked to stay on as the maintenance manager, a position he filled until 1998 when he decided to go out on his own.

    Twenty-nine years ago, Eddie married Diana Nuñez and is now the proud father of three children: Eddie James (28), Melanie Segura (23) and Brian (17). He is also the proud grandfather of one granddaughter, Naomi. 

    A licensed electrician and experienced plumber with a vast knowledge of appliance repair and installation, Eddie soon earned another title "Handyman Eddie" from his loyal customers. Today, he offers 24-hour service for anybody and everybody who needs his assistance.

    Community-oriented, Mr. Halliday has devoted the past twenty years of his life to the Catholic Church at the weekly mass and as a member of the Catholic Church committee. He is presently training to become a Lay Minister for the San Pedro Catholic Church. Eddie was also a founding member of the San Pedro Crime Committee and served as an active Special Constable for five years.

    Today, between work and helping others in need, Eddie Halliday has secured a special place in San Pedro as a respectable and loyal friend. "God willing, I want to keep helping with the growth of San Pedro by making myself available to anyone who needs my help," concluded Mr. Halliday. Truly, a master at "fixin" things, "Handyman Eddie" possesses the "tools of the trade" needed  to maintain "Our Community."

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