It is the kind of news no loving wife ever wants to hear.
However, Marilyn Walton, has been forced to come to terms with the death of her husband of 35 years, Ainsley Walton, who passed away suddenly in Bridgetown on Monday.
At the time, the 68-year-old St Patricks, Christ Church resident was walking along Bridge Street, when he suddenly collapsed and died at the scene.
Today, while recounting the painful sight of her husband’s lifeless body on The City pavement, the wife came close to tears.
“It was sad, very sad. I went down to where he had fallen and it was sad just seeing him lying on the pavement dead. It was hurtful and sad. My son was there and my daughter was there,” the widow told Barbados TODAY.
She also explained that while her husband had a heart condition, there was nothing to indicate that his death was imminent.
Formerly of Bayland, St Michael, the deceased man worked at The Ministry of Transport and Works as a carpenter before being elevated to section leader.
Since his retirement in 2015, his wife said he looked forward to attending the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly Q in the Community limes.
“He just liked to go Q in the Community. He liked dancing,” she said of her husband, adding that he loved to eat turkey, especially at Christmas.
“You don’t have to do anything else just bake him a turkey,” she said of her husband, with whom she shared two children.
However, the widow later revealed that they had not been living together as a couple for the past 18 years, even though they still visited each other and communicated on a regular basis.
In fact, she said her husband was always quick to respond to her every need.
“When I called him, he would be there in the next ten minutes, or half an hour. He was helpful,” she said, while pausing to regain her composure.
During their last conversation the day before he died, she recalled her husband telling her that she was getting fat and needed to lose weight — a memory that made her chuckle amid her grief.
“On Sunday, we talked about things he was going to do, things that he wanted me to do. He said I was getting too fat. I need to lose weight and stop working so hard. It was a general conversation,” she said, adding that she was going to miss him, especially his teasing behaviour.
“I am going to miss him a lot. He was reserved yet he would make you laugh. He liked to tease me, he liked singing and he would sing anything,” she said.
Apart from his two children by marriage, Ainsley leaves to mourn two other children who were born out of wedlock.