A 69-year-old man who collapsed and died Tuesday morning while riding his bicycle along the Graeme Hall stretch of the ABC Highway suffered from high blood pressure and heart disease, family members have revealed.
While it has not yet been determined what killed Chalmer Jones of Maxwell, Christ Church, his wife and children told Barbados TODAY Tuesday afternoon the former Government employee had been diagnosed with a heart defect.
Jones was on his way to the bank in Wildey, St Michael to change his pension cheque when he collapsed and died around 11:45 a.m.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY at their Christ Church home, family members said they were having a tough time coming to grips with the sudden death.
They said in addition to his health concerns, Jones had also been worrying over an ongoing court battle over a land dispute.
His wife Marcia Lashley-Jones said since being diagnosed with the heart defect, her husband had consistently used his prescribed medication and followed his doctor’s strict guidelines.
“I don’t know what happen today. I know the doctor tell he that if he riding and feel the heart start to trouble he, to get off and catch himself.
“But nobody wasn’t there with he. He was alone. He was worrying about this thing [land dispute]; up to this morning he was telling me about it. Only God knows,” the grieving wife, who found out about the untimely death on her way home from a trip to town early this afternoon, told Barbados TODAY.
Lashley-Jones also said her husband had recently complained of tightness in the chest.
Jones’ youngest daughter Nicole was the first family member to find out about the man’s passing.
While driving past the scene she saw the body and immediately felt it was her father.
Upon checking with the police officers present, she was told that the officers were travelling in a vehicle behind the elderly man when his bicycle started to wobble. They said he got off before he collapsed.
Ambulance personnel responded to the incident but he was dead by the time they got there.
“I see the police vehicle and then I see a man on the ground; I tell my friend ‘I hope that ain’t my father’. So when we passing I tell my friend turn around because I want to see,” Nicole recalled.
“When I get out and went I see the bicycle because I know nobody else ain’t got no bicycle like my father own. Then I notice the shoes because nobody don’t wear shoes like my father.
“When I get a little closer the police ask me if I know this man and I say, ‘that is my father’. When them raise up the sheet that was he,” the daughter continued as she described the tragic discovery.
Nicole said her father, who retired from his job as a watchman about two years ago following a career as a labourer with a Government institution, was a no nonsense person who did not entertain idle talk.
“It was so sudden. He died alone on that road,” Gale Williams, another daughter, lamented.
Police say no foul play was suspected.