AARON HUMES Reporting: Placencia resident Adrian Vernon was laid to rest this morning in his home village following services at the Worship Center.
The program director for Peninsula Citizens for Sustainable Development (PCSD) died over the weekend at the young age of 33 of unknown causes although family members say he suffered from multiple health conditions including an enlarged heart, diabetes and hypertension.
Vernon, his colleagues say, was a “passionate environmentalist” committed to protecting Belize’s resources, particularly those of the Placencia Lagoon.
He worked with small businesses in the Placencia area before branching out to conservation, focusing on mangrove preservation and youth education, and joined a number of organizations working in the Peninsula.
He had written two books and was working on a third, and also represented the PCSD organization on the Belize Coalition to save Our Natural Heritage executive board.
He is a winner of the James A. Waight Conservation Award by the Belize Audubon Society.
He is survived by a host of brothers and sisters, natural and adopted, and other relatives and many friends in the conservation community. Our condolences are extended to his family and all who knew him.
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