Our Community - Ramon Contreras - "Providing prompt passage in paradise"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 13, No. 32            September 4, 2003

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Ramon Contreras

Ambergris Caye is an island whose population is growing very rapidly, and taxis have become a necessity to the residents and the thousands of tourists who visit the island every year. This week, The San Pedro Sun is pleased to feature a man who, for many years, has made it his business to safely deliver passengers from destination to destination in San Pedro, Ramon Contreras.

     Ramon Jesus Contreras was born on September 20th, 1964, in Benque Viejo del Carmen in the Cayo District, to parents Elda Valdez and Victor Manuel Contreras. He graduated from Mount Carmen Primary School in 1972.

    In 1975, Ramon's cousins offered him a job working as a mechanic at a shop they owned in the village of Caledonia in the Corozal District. Ramon worked there for the next twelve years, during which time he met a woman whom he would eventually marry years later, Paulina Trejo.

     In May 1987, Ramon and Paulina visited San Pedro for the first time. Happy with what they found, both agreed they would like to live on the island. Immediately after that, Ramon sought employment with local businessman Marciano Salazar, and began his new occupation, driving a taxicab.

     Ramon earned a good living working for Mr. Salazar and "put away a little money" every week. After eight years, he was able to purchase a van and began his own private taxi service. This proved to be a successful venture as Ramon continues to make his living by carrying passengers and cargo from place to place. It is obvious he enjoys his job; sixteen years later, he claims he is not tired of providing transportation service for the island. "I try my best to always offer prompt and reliable service," stated Ramon.    

     On April 21st, 1996 Ramon married the woman with whom he had shared so many happy years. Today, they are the proud parents of one son, Uriel Brian, who is seven years old.

     Working long hours everyday, Ramon eventually saved enough money to purchase property, and then to build a house. In February 2003, Ramon and Paulina invested in their own business - a deli, selling fast food, juices, sodas, as well as other refreshments and snacks. When he is not working, Ramon enjoys visiting his family in Cayo and spending time with his wife and son.

     Ramon commented that, aside from the fact that he has a home and family here, he likes San Pedro because he has made so many friends on the island.

     Now a contented family man, Ramon is dedicated to making certain his "precious cargo" safely reaches its destination. For this reason, and more, San Pedro is glad Ramon Contreras managed to "steer" his way into "Our Community".

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