Bruce Everest died at his Ajijic home on January 29 at the age of 76.
Born May 22, 1946 in Montreal, Quebec, Bruce eventually discovered Ajijic as a place where he loved living and enjoyed spending happy times in the company of his many lakeside area acquaintances and his cherished dog Foxy.
Bruce’s family and friends will remember him for his love to horses, his sarcastic humor and charming laugh. He always had great stories to tell about the years he spent in Toronto, especially experiences at his favorite restaurant, Tom Jones Steak House.
His local friends express fond wishes that he rest in peace and that memories of their times with him never fade. He touched their lives in so many ways that he is deeply missed and his beautiful soul impossible to ever forget.
Bruce is survived by his beloved children Chloe Everest and Justin Everest, and his sister and best friend Gail Everest Hammer.
Juan Manuel Alarcon
Juan Manuel Alarcon died February 21 in Chapala.
Juan earned his living as a teacher of Spanish to expats. His students agree he was an excellent teacher whose patience and sensitivity made them enjoy learning. He also taught local children English, which he did for free. Juan was a natural with kids and created a fun, mischievous learning environment for them.
Juan and Mark Weinstein became partners in April 2021, and were together until his death. They were married in his brother’s home in Durango on January 12, 2023, then returned to their home in Chapala, where he died 40 days later from a liver ailment.
Said Mark: “Although I wish we’d had more years together, I feel blessed for having shared my life with him. Juan opened my eyes to opening my heart to another. He gave that gift to me.”
Juan had a wonderful engaging smile, was respected, trusted and welcomed by many people. He was without rancor. His good nature and gentleness of spirit was a comfort to all who were in his life.
His sisters Letty and Candace, along with his brother Martin and his wife Patty came from Durango to be with him in the two weeks until he died. They were wonderful caregivers. Many visitors came in respect to say goodbye. He suffered greatly, but always kept his smile, and stayed engaged with humor and caring.
Juan gave and received love until his peaceful passing.