The local fishing community was today thrown into shock as news surfaced of the unnatural death of fisherman and Stall 6 proprietor at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex Tyrone Beardy Cherry.
His body was recovered from the water this morning around 7:55 by a member of the Barbados Coast Guard after it was seen floating, just off his workplace.
With police investigations continuing into the death of the Hutson Alley, Reed Street, St Michael resident, who is said to be in his 50s, his only child Edenia Cherry, was simply too distraught to speak Barbados TODAY this afternoon about her father’s sudden and unexpected death.
However, her grandmother Norma Monocle explained how the family was alerted to the tragedy.
“A worker called this morning and told my granddaughter. I was getting ready the children for school, my other grandchildren, and I looked at her and said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and she said, ‘My daddy dead, My daddy dead,’ Monocle said between sobs, as she sat on the step of a neighbour’s home, while other family members were gathered outside Beardy’s wooden, grey house on Reed Street, openly shedding tears.
Over at the Bridgetown Fisheries Complex, the mood was equally somber as some of his former colleagues struggled to piece together his mysterious passing.
One man, who identified himself as Red Man, said he shared a fishing stall with Beardy for four years and had last seen him alive yesterday in the stall, where Beardy was cleaning fish.
Therefore, the last thing he expected to hear this morning when he showed up for work was that his colleague was dead.
“I don’t know what happened. . . [but] this morning a guy. . . turn and tell me that it is Tyrone, that is Beardy that out dey [there] floating,” he said, recalling what little he knew of his close friend’s death.
“It still have me shock, because he is not the type of person to get in anyone way or nothing. He would talk he nonsense and make his jokes and thing, but he was not one to get in anybody’s way. Nobody,” he stressed, while seemingly at a loss for words.
“This thing have me so shock right now, I … don’t know what to say. Honestly, I just don’t know what to say. This thing got me so disturbed. Not only me, the girl over there Wendy, Oh my God, if you see the sort of tears that did set up in she eyes, but she just couldn’t bring it out,” he told Barbados TODAY in reference to another colleague who was apparently floored by the news.
Another worker, who said his name was Shane, also arrived at the Bridgetown Fishing Complex this morning in time to see a lifeless body floating in the nearby waters.
He said almost immediately he was able to make a positive identification.
“I see the chain around he neck and say ‘hey, this look like Beardy man’,” the fish cleaner, who also works in Stall 6, told Barbados TODAY, adding that he instantly developed cold bumps and a sick feeling in his stomach.
Like Red Man, he said he could not imagine why anyone would want to hurt Beardy, who he described as a good man.
“He is one of them kind of persons [that] would quarrel and thing, but at the end of the day we would come back as one family. It wasn’t no fuss or fight or nothing so,” he said of his late boss.