By Marion V. Ali
Simon Paulino, 59, a Punta Gorda town councillo, was discovered dead inside his home on Sunday morning.
The former PUP deputy mayor was discovered lying face up shortly before eight a.m. on his bed at his home on Far West Street.
While his death is sudden, Police say they do not suspect foul play.
Paulino’s girlfriend, police say, had gone to visit him after eight on Saturday night, but when she saw him on the bed she thought he was asleep and left.
She realized that something was wrong when she returned to his house the next morning and saw him in the same position.
Paulino, who lived alone, served from Town Council elections in 2012 up until the seventh of this month as the Council’s deputy mayor.
At the time of his death, he was serving as councillor, a term that would have ended one year from now.
Mayor of PG, Anthony Fuentes, told The Reporter today that Paulino had a wheezing problem especially when he walked long distances.
He had not reported to work since his role as deputy expired, but did attend a council-led fun run on March 12th. Prior to his political career, Paulino was a primary school teacher, a retired BDF Corporal and the PG branch supervisor for the Belize Water Services Limited.
Paulino’s death brings with it the requirement, by the Town Council Act, for a by-election, since the next election is more than six months away.
Paulino will be laid to rest on Saturday after a funeral service at Saint Peter Claver Church in PG. He is survived by three children: Carrie Paulino Martinez, Leith Paulino, and Jarrell Fuentes.