Edward Vincent Byrne died on March 24, 2015. He was diagnosed with Hepatosplenic T-Cell Lymphoma in June 2014. Despite an aggressive treatment program that declared him 100% in remission by December 2014, his recovery was short-lived. He was able to attend his only child’s wedding, Sarah Lillian, on February 28, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The following week, however, he was hospitalized. Less than a month later, he died.
During his time in Mérida, Ed was a strong and vital presence. He loved this city and its people and he bravely defended the integrity of the Mexican people from rogue elements. If one looks through his website, http://www.mexicogulfreporter.com/, one is struck by his fierce political and social principles. He was not afraid to call it as he saw it—especially when he saw things that were morally wrong. Ed, for example, reported extensively on gay American men living in Mérida who who sexually molested Mexican youngsters.
As the editor of this guide, I reached out to Ed and we had coffee. He was delightful and charming, a gentleman in ways not often seen nowadays.
This edition of The Essential Guide to Living in Mérida is dedicated to him. It is our hope that his daughter, Lillian, and her husband, Marc, know full well how much Ed was loved and how much he is missed. Mérida was a better city when he was a resident here, and Mérida remembers—and misses—our Mexico Gulf Reporter, Ed V. Byrne.
Fare thee well, our friend.
The Essential Guide to Living in Mérida 2016
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO LIVING IN MÉRIDA 2016: TONS OF USEFUL INFORMATION. This guide remains indispensable for anyone thinking of moving to or visiting Mérida, the marvelous capital city of Mexico's Yucatán peninsula, often profiled as a "tropical paradise" by the House Hunters International cable television show. The most comprehensive book ever compiled about Mérida, this well-organized guide will help answer most any question - from how to buy or rent a house to where you can find a good Italian restaurant. The 2016 edition has been updated and expanded to include up-to-the-minute information on the AirBNB options now available in town, how SOCIAL MEDIA have transformed the expatriate community, and comprehensive information on the DOG LOVERS who are in town - and are pampering mankind's best friend! While helping the reader decide how best to go about making the move to the city rated by International Living Magazine as the best area to retire to in the whole of North America, this trove of information and advice will also assist the newly-relocated as well as those with established residence. Topics include information about Mérida's neighborhoods; amenities (churches, schools, expat communities, helpful websites, etc.); Medical Tourism; a perfect week as a visitor; Spanish language classes; museums and galleries; making the move to Mérida; driving in Mexico; cost of living; hiring household help; banking; an assessment of the real estate market; architects and designers; furnishings; the local artistic community; social customs and holidays; finding a lawyer, hospital or doctor; insurance matters; gay and lesbian communities; taxes; voting; embassies and consulates; as well as consumer advice and warnings. With more than one million Americans and Canadians now living in Mexico, Mérida is the center of increasing attention. Often described as a "tropical paradise," a "colonial gem," and a "bastion of tranquility," Mérida is undoubtedly Mexico's best kept secret. But is Mérida a match for you? Are you ready to become an expatriate? Are you prepared to be a "minority" - a native English‐speaker in a Spanish‐speaking country? Are you ready to make a second or retirement home in an exotic and exciting foreign city for that is a ninety-minute flight from the U.S.? Are you thinking about embarking on an adventure of a lifetime? This book will help answer these questions!