Founder of adventure firm will be remembered today

Quepos resident Brad Watts was found dead Saturday morning after an apparent suicide. The 40-year-old was a native of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

Watts founded Quepoa Expeditions in 2005. Since then his adventure company has led travelers on rafting expeditions through the rivers and rain forests of Costa Rica.

Watts’ friend of seven years who also lives in Quepos, Conrad Barrantes, said that he was a fixture of the town and someone everyone loved to be around. “He really did a lot for this community,” Barrantes said.

Watts is survived here by his partner Eileen Molly McKeown.

A memorial will be held today for Watts at Playitas Beach in Manuel Antonio. The commemorative event that includes a eulogy will start at 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

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