Updated: Mar 17

Mr. Pipe or as he was known in Roatan: The Shaw of Utila, was a Guanaja-born islander, youngest of eleven children born to Edwin Bush and Maud Tatum-Bush on April 13th, 1944.

Mr. Pipe began traveling the world as a National Maritime Seaman, during which he helped aid the U.S. Military with supplies and resources during the Vietnam war. He had many friends around the world. After his time serving, he returned to Honduras where he resided in the bay island of Utila.

It was here that he became a pioneer in his community. Mr. Pipe is credited as the first person to install a water purification system in Utila, he brought satellite television to the island, and he established the first modern discotheque and theater in the Bay Islands. He is said to have put the island on the map as a tourist destination with every business he opened, attracting locals from the other islands to mainlanders.

His love for fishing allowed him to hold a record for most wins in Honduran fishing tournaments. His belief was that you should always live life to the fullest and that is seen through his many achievements in life. In his golden years he moved to a farm on the mainland of Honduras where he raised his cows and named all of them after his children and grandchildren.

Mr. Pipe farmed and grew his own food and lived the life he loved. Mr. Pipe is respected throughout Honduras by those who had the pleasure to know him, he helped many islands in Roatan, Utila and Guanaja until his passing on April 20th, 2019 at seventy-five years old. He is remembered for his one-of-a-kind character, his very humorous, amicable ways that always made a few minutes with him a very good time.