LATACUNGA, Ecuador: The flower community worldwide is in mourning today following the death of Roberto Nevado, founder of the Nevado Roses rose farm in Latacunga, Ecuador. The news was announced by his son John.
“It is my sad duty to inform you that a short time ago Roberto Nevado passed away,” John’s statement reads on behalf of the Nevado family.
He added, “Born in Barcelona and educated as a mechanical engineer in Spain, the young Roberto moved to Stockholm, Sweden where he lived for more than thirty years, creating a brokerage agency importing flowers from Colombia, Spain and other countries. At the age of fifty-eight he founded Nevado Roses in the Cotopaxi province in Ecuador, which quickly moved up to having 750 employees distributed over three rose farms. With Nevado Roses Roberto became one of the pioneers of the Ecuadorean flower industry, always ready to support new ideas and initiatives.
Roberto leaves an emptiness in our lives, he was always ready to listen, always with a twinkle in his eyes and always ready with a lewd joke…appropriate or not to the situation. He moved to Ecuador in 2007 and lived there until his untimely passing. He leaves his family, fellow flower growers and friends behind to carry on. With the passing of Roberto Nevado the family has decided to create a foundation, annually giving out the “Nevado Prize” to the best innovation in the flori- or agriculture world to be used in developing countries. Whomever would like to support this venture is asked to please contact the Nevado family.”