Acting Inspector Richard Alphonso Crichlow was looking forward to his retirement in June.
However, as fate would have it, the 62-year-old respected police officer could not hold out until then. He passed away at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital yesterday after an undisclosed illness, throwing his family into immediate mourning.
Today, when a Barbados TODAY team visited Crichlow’s Newbury, St George home, members of his immediately family were huddled together offering each other support, in particular Crichlow’s wife Betty, who was struggling to come to terms with the death of her husband of 30 years.
Crichlow’s son Rommell said even though his father was recently hospitalized, his death had come as a total shock.
“We didn’t expect this at all. Dad had a brief illness, from about December last year. He was only hospitalized last week Thursday but he was seeing private doctors all along, going and get tested and so on. This last time they decided to send him to the hospital,” he said, while describing his father as a “loving man who would be dearly missed.
“He used to look out for everyone, give everyone advice and that sort of thing. He would help everyone in the community. He loved being with his three-year-old grandson and taking care of livestock. He was always with him,” the son recalled.
Crichlow’s daughter Rashida was simply shattered over her dad’s passing, describing him as the closest person to her.
“Me and my dad were close, very, very close. He was everything to me. He and my son were so close too. He [her son] doesn’t understand what’s happening right now. I don’t know what I’m going to do. My life will never be the same,” she said through tears.
Crichlow leaves to mourn his wife Betty, his four children and his three grandchildren.
His passing also took members of the Royal Barbados Police Force by surprise.
In a statement today, Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith joined with other members of staff of the RBPF in extending condolences to his family, friends and work colleagues.
“Our thoughts, prayers and support are with them,” the brief statement said of the officer who had served for 41 years with the Force and who had been assigned to Central Police Station at the time of his untimely death.