On Saturday, May 10, the Nicoyan engineer Miguel Nema Orozco succumbed to cardiac problems he had been battling. He died of cardiorespiratory arrest while driving in the area of Bosques Don Jose in the city of Nicoya.
Nema Orozco worked as an engineer for the Municipality of Nicoya, having graduated with a degree in civil engineering from the University of Costa Rica in San Jose in 1986. In 1997, he made history in the Municipality of Nicoya, becoming its first appropriately accredited engineer.
The Municipal Council observed a minute of silence on Monday, May 12 in recognition of his legacy as a municipal engineer. During the ceremony, Marco Antonio Jimenez, the mayor of Nicoya, said, “Miguel embodied a historic moment for the municipal government, and when facing adversity he always knew how to overcome it.”
Councilor Ovidio Jimenez said, “Miguel Nema left us with a legacy of the principles of humanity; he was a Nicoyan who came to this world to contribute.”
Nema Orozco was buried in the Nicoya’s cemetery on Sunday, May 11, and according to the councilor Rodolfo Orozco, who is his cousin, some 2,000 people came, demonstrating Nicoyans’ affection for him. “He was one of the people who helped develop the Los Angeles neighborhood. He liked culture and parade music; that’s why yesterday [Sunday] they played parade music on the way to his burial.”
Members of the Municipal Council were present for the burial, along with Mayor Jimenez and some syndics. Some residents of Nosara were also there, including Mark Abolafia, who said, “Many people here in Nosara knew him and or had him engineer their homes. He will be greatly missed.”