Family members of Sydney Simmons are having a difficult time expressing in words how they feel about the loss of the former teacher and broadcaster who died in hospital on Tuesday.
His grieving wife Monica had been at Simmons’ side throughout his ailment until he breathed his last breath.
Still shaken and in shock, she said she needed time and space to come to grips with her husband’s death.
His son Kevin would have seen the condolences flow freely on his Facebook page and the many kind words that relatives and friends shared about his departed dad.
Yet, Kevin is simply not ready to verbalize his thoughts and feelings about the man who would have taught him many a life’s lesson.
In the interim, relative Denise Simmons explained the family was hurting deeply at the passing of the 74-year-old husband and father.
“The family has decided to let his wife Monica and son Kevin speak about his life. However, the family is still trying to come to grips with his death. Monica was at his side throughout the entire ordeal so she is taking it hard. However, the funeral arrangements are being made and once that is done then they should be willing to reflect on his life,” Denise told Barbados TODAY.
In addition to being a teacher and broadcaster at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, Simmons was also an author.
His published work included Add Black to the Rainbow, a collection of poems, and Strangers in the Village published, which focused on growing up as a black boy in Barbados.
Both were published by Chattel House Books.
“Although a world traveller, Sydney’s heart was always with Barbados and this was reflected in his writing,” Erica Hinkson, a representative of the publishing company said.
“Sydney supported our Chattel House Book brand. Strangers in the Village was one of the first books to be launched and signed at Chattel House Books for our independence celebrations in 2014. He will be missed by all of us.”
Simmons was an active member of the Workman’s Seventh Day Adventist church.
An official of the head office of the East Caribbean Conference of Seventh Day Adventists described him as a man who was deeply involved in family life.
His longtime friend, former Senator John Williams also said Simmons was a man who had a deep perspective on national issues and who was not shy to share it.
‘He was an individual who had a deeper perspective on matters and I could always respect the man for who he was. Sometimes when you have [national] issues he would comment on them. He always had a [distinct perspective] and he would proudly share it with everybody,” Williams said.