It seems difficult for residents of Newbury, St George to accept the death of their friend, neighbour and perennial “good guy” John Pollard, whose body was discovered last night in a well in a bushy area at the junction of Bridge Cot and Cottage Road, St George.
Police at Boarded Hall Station yesterday received a report that a car, which appeared to have been involved in accident, was in a ditch a few metres off the road.
When they went to the scene they discovered the body of Pollard, a local deejay known as JP International, or JP to those close to him.
As lawmen continue their investigation into his death, residents are baffled by the sudden loss of a man who some described as the pillar of the community.
In his youth, the 50-year-old was a popular deejay who could be found in nightclubs such as 555 Disco, Easy Roof Deck and recently he played at Club Marina in Bridge House, Bridgetown.
Carolyn Corbin knew Pollard from their days at Workman’s Primary School and West St Joseph Secondary, now the Grantley Adams Memorial Secondary School.
Corbin was still in shock when Barbados TODAY caught up with her this afternoon at the well where Pollard’s body was found.
She said she had seen the vehicle parked at the Cottage, St George junction as she made her way home yesterday around 3:30 p.m. but never did she ever think Pollard’s body was nearby.
“I passed there earlier and saw the bumper, but I didn’t know anything was going on,” Corbin told Barbados TODAY.
“When I came back down I saw the commotion and I heard he was there.”
Even then she remained hopeful that all would be well with her friend until his body was removed and reality sunk in.
“It is really hurtful for me . . . I know we in Newbury will never forget him for the type of person that he is,” Corbin said, while describing the former driver for Glacial Ice as someone who was well-liked and respected in the community.
“Now JP gone we ain’t getting the music, we ain’t getting the vibe in the area,” she added.
Meanwhile, the reality of Pollard’s death has still not sunk in for friend and neighbour, Santa, who looked up to him as a child.
“He was a person that never put you wrong . . . . Coming up from small, he was like a father to us,” said the 43-year-old who disclosed that as a child Pollard often took him to school fairs where he would have sound clashes with other deejays.
“Today I just feel bad, bad. [I]couldn’t do nothing about it but I miss he,” an emotional Santa told Barbados TODAY.
Neighbour Anderson Mayers was another one who had nothing but good things to say about Pollard, with whom he first became friends during their days at West St Joseph Secondary, and later reconnected when Mayers moved to Newbury 17 years ago.
Mayers recalled how Pollard always had a penchant for music from his teenage years.
“He was a nice fella. He never used to give any trouble at school. He enjoyed playing music . . . he used to play music when we had things for the last day of school,” Mayers recalled.
Now in their adult years, their conversations were centred on fatherhood and the “good ole days”, he said. firstname.lastname@example.org