Celyne Poupart Dies

Marie Celyne Poupart passed away on Saturday June 17 of a brain tumor. She was an amazing and caring person, who was loved by many.

Known by most as Celyne Poupart, she was born on October 5, 1958. She lived in Cabo San Lucas for more than 20 years, where she opened the original Mama’s Royal café on Medano beach, which years later was moved to Hidalgo St. She was also a real estate broker, a property manager, and an art dealer who owned the Cactus Gallery, also on Hidalgo Street for several years.

celyne.JPGCelyne was also an activist who was fundamental in the foundation of the Amigos de Cabo San Lucas, which unites some 100 downtown Cabo business owners for the betterment of the entire downtown district. Along with the member merchants, she spearheaded the group’s campaign to eradicate – and protect – children working as peddlers in the city’s downtown. She was also a big supporter of the Cabo San Lucas Humane Society.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, she traveled the world and ended up living in San Diego. But when she traveled to Mexico she fell in love with the country, its people, the culture, the food and especially the music – she loved Mexican and salsa music – and moved here.

Her usually big smile was even bigger when, while dining at one of her favorite restaurants on the Cabo marina, a group of musicians (or even a single one) would come over to her table. She always ordered a few songs and sang along, as she had mastered the Spanish language. Fluent in Quebecoise, French and English, she learned Spanish so well that she was a state certified translator and interpreter.

She will be greatly missed by her two grown children, Max and Luca, and her many friends.