Police officers past and present were thrown into mourning yesterday with the death of retired police sergeant Robert Daniel.
Daniel, or “Harry”, as he was known to many, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from complications associated with a stroke which he suffered on Friday.
Daniel, 62, a “larger than life” individual renown for his witty sense of humour, was one of the island’s best known and most fearless crime fighters in the 1970s and 1980s.
A resident of Brereton, St. Philip, Daniel spent most of his career in the Criminal Investigation Department working alongside the likes of retired crime sleuth superintendent Jasper Watson, late assistant commissioner Arrundel “Orrie Pomp” Greenidge, retired detective sergeant and brother-in-law Neval Greenidge, Station Sergeant Ashford Jones, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Thompson and close friend Inspector Chris Lashley.
The sturdily built six-footer who joined the Royal Barbados Police Force in 1971, worked on several major cases during his time in the organisation and was one of the detectives behind the solving of a spate of robberies and murders in the 1980s, including the murder of Cyril Sisnett at Francia Plantation, that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Winston Hall, Peter Bradshaw and David Oliver.
Daniel, who left the force in the early 1990s on medical grounds, was later involved in the food industry and operated a small mobile business at Warrens, St. Michael and was also a regular fixture plying his services at major sporting events, especially motor sports. His family also operated a mini-mart in his St. Philip community.
Following his death yesterday the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Facebook page was inundated with expressions of grief and condolences by present and past police officers who recounted several stories of their association with Daniel and expressed shock at his sudden passing.
Today his tearful widow Portia told Barbados TODAY that Daniel was a “good husband, good provider” and loved her and his family very much. She said his sudden passing had left the entire family in shock.
In addition to Portia, Daniel leaves to mourn his brother Reverend Trevor Daniel, sisters Wendy, Joan and Norma, a son and two daughters.
Funeral arrangements are to be finalised. (WG)