Wednesday night 28-year-old Kathy Bradshaw was sitting at her Bibby’s Lane, St Michael home preparing wedding invitations for family and friends she wanted to be present when she and her fiancé Quincy Jones exchanged vows. The garden ceremony was scheduled for June 18, one day after her birthday.
However, that ceremony can no longer take place.
As fate would have it, Jones died in a tragic motorcycle accident along the Ronald Mapp Highway early yesterday morning.
Police say the 27-year-old father of two, who was also looking forward to the birth of his third child with Bradshaw, was riding his bike along the highway when he lost control and fell.\
“I know it happened but it still don’t feel like it happened,” a visibly shaken Bradshaw told Barbados TODAY when our team visited their home around noon.
Instead of planning the wedding ceremony that she had hoped for, Bradshaw now had to do one of the most difficult things she has ever done in her life – plan her partner’s funeral.
“It is not something I am looking forward to doing,” said Bradshaw before her voice trailed off into despair.
The couple had been together for 12 years and their union had so far produced Kymani, seven, and Levi, two.
Bradshaw said she found out about the accident from Jones’ sister who called and gave her the bad news, but before that Bradshaw, who had been experiencing some restless nights because of her pregnancy, said she could not shake the feeling that something had gone wrong, after she called his phone and it went to voicemail.
“Whenever I’m awake and he is not home I would call him [but] when I called at six o’clock and got no answer, I said, ‘he should be home by now’. I was wondering why the phone was off, if he all right. I was just wondering and then his sister called crying,” she recalled.
As the boys slept close by in their bedroom, Bradshaw said she could not have asked for a better man to father her children.
She said Jones had a great relationship with both his sons and always included them in his daily schedule, even if it meant personal sacrifice.
“He took them kite flying, playing football, riding their bikes. Any event that they had, he would be there or take them there. He was always there,” she said.
As for her own relationship with the man with whom she intended to spend the rest of her life, Bradshaw said they loved and respected each other.
“Recently we had a really good relationship because we were planning for the wedding. He finally tell me he ready. We already send the invitations through Whatsapp, it was just to send out the official ones.
“He recently bought the rings. We have decorations already bought, meat ordered, fish ordered, stuff bought already. We were supposed to marry in a garden,” she recalled.
A former CARIFTA cyclist, Jones also participated in car racing at Bushy Park.
“Riding was his thing. Every man got his thing. Even if he knows that it dangerous that was his thing,” she said.
Bradshaw’s mother Cecily, who remained at her daughter’s side throughout the interview, described Jones as a devoted partner to her daughter, and a wonderful father to her grandchildren.
Cecily also described Jones as a good man who was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever she needed it.
“He was a very devoted boyfriend and father to those children and that made me love him even more. Sometimes if he knows I’m coming here he would be in the kitchen cooking something for me. I look at the children and think what a wonderful father they have lost,” Cecily said.
Bradshaw said Jones’ mother and his immediate family were struggling to come to terms with the loss.