The children of 62-year-old Reynold Ricardo Bear Jemmott who perished in a fire in his Wavell Gardens, Black Rock, St Michael home are shocked and saddened at the tragic way he lost his life.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY this afternoon at the house where she joined her brothers, Jemmott’s daughter Racquel Jordan said the family was finding it difficult to come to grips with the death.
According to police, fire officers who responded to blaze which occurred around 2.30 a.m., recovered Jemmott’s body from the house.
Police are treating his death as unnatural at this stage. Investigations are continuing into the origin of the fire and a post mortem will be performed to determine the cause of death.
“The hardest is the manner in which he died. This house was his pride and joy. To die in it was pretty heartbreaking. Right now we are just trying to come to grips with what happened,” the daughter said.
A composed Jordan explained that her father was undoubtedly a private individual who lived alone for about 35 years. She said he had few friends, and one grandchild who he adored.
Jordan said the food vendor of 30 years was hard-working and was known by many at worksites across the island for his hot dogs, burgers and barbeque chicken.
“He would have been one of the very first people to have these hot dog carts. He had a series of those carts and then he downsized and did his own vending. He was good at that,” she said.
“I think what is happening now is people wouldn’t know his real name, they know him as Bear. Now we have had this interview, people would recognize who he was,” she added.
Jordan said she received a call around 4:30 a.m. from her mother, informing her that something had happened at her father’s house and urged her to get there. She said through a follow-up call from her aunt, she got the terrible news that her dad had died.
“By time I got here, the body was already gone,” she whispered.