It is with deep regret and sincere sorrow that we learned the passing of Stephen Manuel known to most people locally and internationally as Papi Box today Friday, April 11, 2014. Papi came to San Pedro as a young child and lived his entire life in San Pedro. A more suitable name for this friend would have been “Smiley” since he shared a constant smile to everyone he came in contact with.
This smile was shared with friends he served and entertained as a bartender for many years. He also shared his glee with passengers in his taxi and later on with his big clientele at Papi’s Diner where he excelled as a restaurateur. Papi Box served this community he made his home as a brave and roaring Lion.
Besides leaving us many happy moments he also leaves us a pleasant family in the persons of Kainie Manuel, Stephanie Manuel, Nathalie Manuel, Stephen Manuel and Ian Manuel. He is also survived by his wife Vicenta and a few grand children. Ambergris Today expresses sincere condolences to the Manuel Family. May the soul of Stephen “Papi Box” Manuel Rest In Peace and rise in Eternal Glory.