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The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 31            August 3, 2006

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A most beloved character, Smokey enjoyed much love from his family at Caliente, and he was always up for making people smile with his antics. He will be sorely missed.

On Sunday, July 30th at 4:00 p.m. family and friends gathered on the beach at Caliente and Pier Lounge to bid farewell to an icon of San Pedro, Paul “Smokey” Sabal. Always seen at the Spindrift Hotel, Smokey helped out several businesses on the island including the hotel, Caliente, Pier Lounge, and Mickey’s. Always with a friendly disposition, Smokey was a great friend to many people on the island as well as tourists who visited Ambergris Caye.

    At the memorial service held everyone in attendance wore an orange peel on their head the way Smokey did. His last wish was to be cremated and have his ashes spread on the reef of the island he loved so much. And family and friends did just that. After several speeches, memories, and emotional goodbyes, Smokey’s ashes were taken outside the reef and thrown. Rose petals followed as his favorite Bob Marley tune played on.

    Smokey, originally from Stann Creek had been living in San Pedro for over 20 years and will surely be missed. Zobie Ayuso and Jennie Staines who assisted in the hospital expenses and having Smokey’s body cremated will accept donations to finish paying the expenses. If you would like to donate, kindly contact them at Caliente at number 226-2170. The ladies would like to thank Ana Wade, Spindrift, Jan Brown of Pier Lounge, Einer Gomez of Ramon’s Village and Glen Schwendinger of Rendezvous Restaurant as well as Smokey’s nephew for assisting in every way possible. He touched many lives, and will be missed by the owners and staff at Caliente, especially the kitchen staff, who had grown to love him very much over the years.

    At the time of his death, Smokey was 59 years old.

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