The spouse of 31-year-old Bonifacio Eugenio-Romero, a Mexican migrant employee who died of COVID-19 whereas labouring on a southwestern Ontario farm final month, mentioned her husband was a “good and caring particular person.” 

“He was a person of values. He was humble, accountable, empathetic, beneficiant, an individual filled with endurance and belief in others,” mentioned Juana Vazquez. 

It is the primary time she’s offered details about her husband to Canadian media since Eugenio-Romero died Might 30 within the Windsor-Essex area.

The assertion to CBC Information was offered by Santiago Escobar, who’s representing the household and can be a nationwide consultant for United Meals and Industrial Staff Canada.

He mentioned Eugenio-Romero’s physique continues to be in Canada.

“He was an excellent and caring particular person. Very accountable at work and at house. Very respectful and cherished by individuals in his hometown in Puebla State,” mentioned Vazquez. “He was at all times sincere, altruistic and above all, optimistic in varied conditions.”

The couple have been married for 3 years and didn’t have any youngsters. 

Vazquez mentioned there was a big tribute for Romero in his hometown of Santa Inés Borbolla, in central Mexico about two weeks in the past.

She mentioned many native residents attended the memorial, regardless of fears of COVID-19. She referred to as it “a stunning farewell organized by the individuals.”

‘A person of values’

Based on Vazquez, her husband was from an “economically humble city” and when he heard concerning the short-term international employees program in Canada, he did not assume twice about it. 

Vazquez mentioned Eugenio-Romero needed to assist his household for a greater future.

Bonifacio Eugenio-Romero despatched this picture to his spouse, Juana Vazquez, on April 11 whereas working in a greenhouse in Kingsville, Ont. (Submitted by Juana Vazquez)

Eugenio-Romero was working at Woodside Greenhouses Inc. Pepper farm in Kingsville, Ont.

As of Friday, the corporate has reported 5 circumstances of COVID-19 to the province’s Office Security and Insurance coverage Board.

Eugenio-Romero was the primary migrant employee in Ontario to die of COVID-19 the place the virus has unfold to different southwestern farms.

A second migrant employee, Rogelio Muñoz Santos, died June 5 from COVID-19. He was 24 years outdated.

Dr. Wajid Ahmed, medical officer of well being for the Windsor-Essex County Well being Unit, mentioned Eugenio-Romero had no underlying well being points and was self-isolating in a resort room earlier than he was transported by EMS to the hospital, the place he died.

Based on Escobar, Romero’s physique shall be buried as soon as returned to Mexico.


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