ORANJESTAD – With a sense of sadness but also deep gratitude, the team at the Aruba Tourism Authority (A.T.A.) joins in the sentiments of the tourism sector and the Aruban community at the passing of Francisco ‘Tico’ Kock. Tico was a talented musician and a beloved individual who dedicated more than three decades to bringing joy to visitors on our island.
Known for his infectious cheerfulness and willingness to help, Tico was a true ambassador of Aruban hospitality. What began as a passion alongside his work in the hotel industry evolved into a full-time commitment to bringing happiness through his steelpan music to our visitors. Over the years, thousands of our visitors have had the pleasure of enjoying Tico’s music at various locations around our island, whether it be upon their arrival at the airport, by the waterfront, in hotels, or at restaurants.
A.T.A. could always count on Tico’s exceptional collaboration and cooperation, often providing entertainment to our visitors without expecting anything in return. His talent was unparalleled. Tico always kept himself updated with the latest musical trends and continually added the latest songs to his steelpan repertoire, which were appreciated by our visitors. Tico’s dedication to punctuality and excellent service made him a shining example of the Aruban spirit.
Tico was a man of the people and a son of the people. For A.T.A., it was a pleasure and privilege to know and work with Tico. Wholeheartedly, A.T.A. extends its condolences and strength to Tico’s family, friends, the tourism sector, and everyone fortunate enough to have known Tico.
With Tico’s legacy, filled with devotion and his artistic passion, he continues to inspire us all. Our deepest condolences go to his wife, Prisca Kock, and his sons, Ranson and Rygel, during this difficult time. We hope they can find solace in the pride of the extraordinary person Tico was. Our thoughts are with Tico’s family and friends, who have lost such an admired individual.