Date: June 2020
Author: Inspector Z

Heavy loss for STG Nicaragua. Hector Vanegas, the manufacturing manager for STG Esteli has passed away at age 50. According to an Instagram post of Sean Williams, the brand manager for Cohiba, Vanegas lost a battle with the covid-19 virus. STG Esteli produces a lot of General Cigars/STG blends, including some of the non-Cuban Cohiba lines.


and if this year wasn’t rough enough… we’ve lost a truly gentle soul… our cigar family says goodbye to one our dearest lost to COVID-19. Hector was a stand-up guy that had a quiet but palpable presence and possessed a now rare quality of exhibiting leadership through service. He was always Johnny on the spot that not only knew when the trains ran… he knew how to make them run… a good man with a good heart that gave tirelessly of himself to his family in Honduras and our cigar families in both Honduras and Nicaragua… you will be missed, my friend… Thank you… Rest Well🙏🏾 #STGFamily #Nicaragua #Honduras #GeneralCigarCompany

Sean Williams, brand manager for Cohiba
Ministry of Cigars - Heavy loss for STG Nicaragua
Sean Williams & Hector Vanegas

“Hector was a true gentleman, he was smart and kind and delighted people with his warm personality and soft-spoken voice. A man of confidence, he was incredibly talented in his job and earned the respect of people throughout the cigar industry. We are better for having had the experience of knowing him and we will always remember him fondly,”

Régis Broersma, president of General Cigar

Nicaragua and Honduras

Hector Vanegas was a Nicaraguan national but studied agriculture in Honduras before getting a Master of Science degree in agricultural economics. The master he earned on a full scholarship at Purdue University in Indiana, United States. Vanegas joined STG 15 years ago as plant manager of STG Danli, back then known as HATSA. 

He is survived by his wife Xiomara Torrez and two children, son Gabriel and daughter Mariel. “Our thoughts are with his family and as a company, we will support Hector’s family through these tough times,” said Broersma.

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