Police are yet to formally identify a man whose body was discovered at his Baxters Road home on Monday morning.
But two witnesses have identified to Barbados TODAY the deceased as their long-time friend and well-known tailor Harold Augustine, better known as Sodabix.
Friend Angela Thorne made the grim discovery after 10 a.m. and called police.
Thorne choked back tears as she told reporters at the scene that she decided to go to Augustine’s house after not hearing from him friend for a while.
“I went out and I decided to pass here and check him because I didn’t hear him for a long time, and when I come here I see a lot of flies so I decided to get the landlord [to] come and check, so then I told the landlord [to] call the police and now we find him in the house dead,” she said.
“He was a very close friend… he was a very nice person.”
Thorne added that she last spoke to Augustine around December when she told him to enjoy his Christmas and he jokingly replied: “I am going to pass for some food.”
The shocked woman said Augustine, originally from St Lucia, used to make outfits for her and her grandchildren and he would be missed.
Her sentiments were echoed by DeCourcey Hutson who spoke to Barbados TODAY of his long-time tailor’s “tragic” passing.
Hutson said: “He was my designer, my tailor that made all my clothes when I had events to go to, especially Christmas morning, He made my last Christmas morning outfit for 2020 which was truly fabulous and I will miss him because he is the sort of person I could take my material to on Christmas Eve and my outfit is ready to put on Christmas morning at five o’clock, so I will truly miss him.”
Hutson said he last saw Augustine on Christmas morning in Queen’s Park. He told reporters he sensed something was wrong after repeated failed attempts to reach Augustine who lived alone.
He said: “Over about two or three weeks I was trying to reach him, came and when I saw the Christmas decorations still outside after Christmas I said something is not right because I know they would be taken down and so on.
“So I was worried. I called many times, the phone just ring to the voice mail but I was hoping not to find out this way that he has passed away. Because I came here many times, holler, called the phone and no response.”
Hutson said Augustine has been living in Barbados for more than a decade. (SD)