THE St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association has extended heartfelt condolences to the family of Nereus Francis who passed away tragically last week.
“The membership and staff of the Association were saddened by the death of Mr. Francis for whom there was much affection throughout the tourism and hospitality industry,” a statement from the association said.
The statement observed that Francis, who was affectionately known as Cosol, was the proprietor of Cosol St. Lucia Tours, one of St. Lucia’s best known touring service companies, which offered site-seeing excursions to hotel guests and cruise ship passengers.
“On behalf of the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Francis’ family,” said SLHTA CEO, Roderick Cherry.
“His death came as quite a shock to us. All of us mourn the passing of a man who was loved and admired by many for his kindness and generosity and his warm personality. He was an excellent tour operator and very popular with his clients who held him in high esteem. Mr. Francis’ death is a great loss to the tourism industry. We know that this is a difficult time for his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
A post mortem examination found that ‘Cosol’ died from gunshot wounds.
Police reported finding his body at La Feuillet, Gros Islet about 10:40 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 beneath his Toyota Land Cruiser Prado registration number TX 825.
Law enforcement officials suspect that the deceased lost control of the vehicle after unidentified persons opened fire at him.