Our Community - San Pedro Mourns the loss of two friends, Mervin Key and Marie Haylock

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 42            October 26, 2006

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As a Calendar Girl, Marie was always around to lend a hand and give back to San Pedro, and she will be sorely missed.

In memory of Marie Haylock


The Black Orchid

by Gach Guerrero

Listen to the whispers of the rainforest as she dances to the rhythm of the wind
Hold her in your hands and feel the softness of her petals as she caresses your skin
Breathe along with her and smell the sweetness of her fragrance as it sweeps along the stream
Admire her beauty for it’s the most beautiful flower you’ll ever see
Watch her feed the bees, the butterflies, and the hummingbirds – it’s her gift to nature and humanity
Listen to the raindrops announcing the parting of the day
As she takes her last step and vanishes away
Marie Haylock found love, friendship and peace in Belize
May she rest in peace



Mervin Key was a friend of our island, and a great dreamer and family man. May he rest in Peace.

In memory of David Mervin Key


The Victoria House, beautiful, luxurious and absolutely gorgeous. This amazing vision started with one man – David Mervin Key.

    A proud and loving father and husband, he sadly passed away on October 21st, 2006, after a brief battle with lung cancer. World champion bridge player, lawyer, proud Choctaw, builder/ contractor, veteran of the Korean War, world traveler, restaurateur, great writer, wonderful friend, Mervin had more skills than the average mortal man.

    Mervin was born on August 13th, 1929, in Wichita Falls, Texas. He grew up in Ada, Oklahoma. He attended the University of Oklahoma, completing law school at the University of Houston and passing the Texas bar exam in 1954. Mervin served with the 3rd Infantry Division, 15th Infantry Regiment during the Korean War and was stationed on the front lines near Outpost Kelly.

    An avid fan of contract bridge, he founded the Bridge Studio of Houston and competed in the World Team-of-Four Championship in New York City in 1962. From 1974 to 1980 he was a partner in Houston’s Mayfair Homes Development Company. In 1980, he financed and built the Victoria House hotel in San Pedro, Belize, where he lived until 1987.

    Mervin bought the land and at the time people would say, “don’t buy this land, it’s way too far from town, no one will ever go that far for a hotel.” Merv knew better. He opened Mervin’s Hole in the Wall after helping to build Victoria House and introduced San Pedranos to American hot dogs and yummies. Mervin was many islanders’ first boss.

    In his 70’s Mervin learned to build websites and built a Korean veteran website that has brought great memories and friends together over the years.

    Mervin practiced law until 1997. He maintained a large website, mervino.com dedicated to his fellow soldiers at Camp Kelly, his family, and his many friends from San Pedro. Mervin was preceded in death by his daughter Sarah, and is survived by his children Kevin, Shannon, Adam and Jenny, and grandsons David, Brian, Owen, Gabriel and Finnegan.

    Mervin was scheduled to visit San Pedro Town in November, sadly that will no longer be possible. However, he wrote the following prior to his death:

Señores, Viva Belice y el gentes de San Pedro, Mervino

If it be now, ‘tis not to come,
if it be not to come, it will be now,
if it be not now, yet it will come,
the readiness is all.

Shakespeare’s Hamlet

May He Rest in Peace




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