Joseph Liverpool’s worst fears became reality when around 3:15 on Thursday evening, his brother Roy Liverpool, 68, was found hanging from a tree in a gully, mere metres behind his home at Campaign Castle, St George.
The elderly man had been missing for nearly a week following a short bout of illness before vanishing. He was later discovered lifeless by one of his neighbors.
“I was just about to attend a funeral at 3:30. When I step inside my car, my next door neighbor called me and tell me he saw my brother in a tree and he looks funny,” brother Joseph recalled.
“I didn’t even take off my clothes, I still had them on and after he led me to the gully where my brother was, I realized he had on a shirt that looks familiar, so I knew it had to be him,” he said.
Although his brother Roy had been missing since Saturday it still came as a shock, “to see him in that condition”.
“When I get up Saturday morning, around 6:30 I look in his bedroom and I couldn’t see him, but I say he probably gone and do something for somebody. I said since he is a handy man, in our neighbourhood, I figured he went to do something for one of the neighbours.”
But after minutes turned to hours, and hours turned to days, there was still no word from Roy. Saturday morning turned out to be the last time he would be seen alive.
His younger brother, with whom he lived since the late 1970’s, said Roy had been suffering with a mild cold and was warned about standing in the rain. Days later, his condition started to deteriorate, “because he started to cry for his tummy and a headache and I see him started to lose size and he wasn’t eating properly”, said Joseph.
It was later revealed that Roy visited the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he spent three days, after which he came home with medication for high blood pressure. Nevertheless, the stomach pain persisted, prompting Joseph to purchase painkillers for his ailing brother. Sadly, he would never receive them.
“I bring up some the same Friday night when I should have seen him the Saturday morning, but when I got up the Saturday morning, he was not there. I still have the Panadol for him in my bag and he just disappeared like that,” said Joseph Liverpool in disbelief.
In addition, it appears Roy’s condition may have been worse than he had been letting on.
“Apparently when he went to the hospital, he had some documents which I gave the police. And when I gave the officer, the officer told me ‘he was supposed to get an ultrasound’ and he never told me about anything like that.”
Joseph said he believed the stomach pain was his brother’s major issue as it was causing him severe pain, preventing him from eating and causing him constipation.
Roy left behind a daughter, now in her 40s and living in St Vincent. He had connected with her earlier this year and was trying to keep in touch, but his efforts eventually became futile.
“He couldn’t get her many times. It seems like either her phone was lost or she just wasn’t responding. But many times he called her and she wasn’t responding.”
Joseph described his brother as “a cool guy,” who would drink sometimes “and get ignorant sometimes”.
“But normally, if he’s on his normal pace, he would be quiet, he is a cool guy and you could get along with him. But as soon as he drinks he would get foolish,” he said. But Joseph said his drinking habits did not get in the way of the love shared between the two of them.
“Definitely I will miss him. Because I know him, I don’t pay him any mind…. I can’t say he was bad to me; he was very nice to me. He was a good handyman, who would work around the house and for neighbors, and cook, clean and wash around the house.”
“I am going to work tomorrow, because I won’t be able to stay and dwell on the sudden loss,” he said sadly.