General — 15 November 2013 — by Albert J. Ciego

Linsford “Supa G” Martinez, Adrian “The Doc” Martinez, Constable Bert Martinez and their family of Georgetown are mourning the death of their eldest brother, Patrick Anthony “Patos” Martinez, a former teacher, policeman ,and soldier of the Belize Defence Force.

Patos, the father of 6 children, died on Monday at his home in Georgetown, after suffering a long bout of illness. Patos was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga, where his body awaits a post-mortem.

Constable Martinez told Amandala that Patos was at the Southern Regional Hospital, but had improved and was discharged and went home, only to die on Monday.

Patos was a musician in his own right who composed songs. Those of us who were fortunate to spend time with him while he was serving in the Belize Defence Force, will always remember him as a mild-tempered and quiet soldier, who was friendly and easy to get along with.

He worked in the Quarter Master Department. He would help soldiers to meet the requirements of their inspecting officer, by helping them to acquire the kits that they were required to present for inspection in order to avoid being charged.

Patos was a skilled guitar player, and whenever he was wronged, he was quick to put words to paper and compose songs, which he would sing along with his guitar, about those who did him wrong. He will always be remembered.

Patos is survived by his parents; six brothers, including Supa G, Adrian the Doc, PC Bert Martinez and Epworth, among others. He is also survived by 5 sisters, and his six children, as well as many relatives and a host of friends.

As of press time tonight, funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

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