Family members of a St Philip man who dropped dead thursday said his passing has come as a total surprise since he had just received a clean bill of health last Saturday when he last visited his doctor.
It was around 2:30 p.m. thursday as 62-year-old Martin Weekes of Harington, St Philip was clearing a field at Robinson Land in that same parish when he collapsed and later died at the scene.
As investigations continue into the matter, his family members told Barbados TODAY they were struggling to figure out what went wrong, based on his last doctor’s visit.
They said when the retired Ministry of Transport and Works employee left home yesterday morning he did not complain of feeling unwell.
In fact, his older brother Emmerson Weekes said he was in good spirits and looked well as he got onto his bicycle to make his way to his landscaping job.
“The morning before he leave home he was alright. He said he going long to work and then in the evening I hear them say he passed away. He left here good riding he bicycle,” Emmerson explained.
Weekes’ sibling described him as “a very nice fella who would give his last to those in need”.
Today, the deceased man’s younger sister, Elaine, was also struggling with news of his death. She said she was at home when she got a call informing her that her brother had collapsed and an ambulance was on its way to take him to the emergency room.
However, Elaine said she rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital only to find out that he was not yet there. It was then that she made a phone call and was informed that her brother had died at the scene.
“He went to the doctor Saturday and the doctor say he was in very good condition. He went for he normal check up so this shock the family,” Elaine said.
Weekes who had seven brothers and three sisters, was not married and had no children. However, family members said he was an animal lover and enjoyed rearing blackbelly sheep.