Retired top police investigator passes away at hospital

policenewsPolice officers past and present were thrown into mourning yesterday with the death of retired police sergeant Robert Daniel.

Daniel, or “Harry”, as he was known to many, died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital from complications associated with a stroke which he suffered on Friday.

Daniel, 62, a “larger than life” individual renown for his witty sense of humour, was one of the island’s best known and most fearless crime fighters in the 1970s and 1980s.

A resident of Brereton, St. Philip, Daniel spent most of his career in the Criminal Investigation Department working alongside the likes of retired crime sleuth superintendent Jasper Watson, late assistant commissioner Arrundel “Orrie Pomp” Greenidge, retired detective sergeant and brother-in-law Neval Greenidge, Station Sergeant Ashford Jones, Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Thompson and close friend Inspector Chris Lashley.

The sturdily built six-footer who joined the Royal Barbados Police Force in 1971, worked on several major cases during his time in the organisation and was one of the detectives behind the solving of a spate of robberies and murders in the 1980s, including the murder of Cyril Sisnett at Francia Plantation, that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Winston Hall, Peter Bradshaw and David Oliver.

Daniel, who left the force in the early 1990s on medical grounds, was later involved in the food industry and operated a small mobile business at Warrens, St. Michael and was also a regular fixture plying his services at major sporting events, especially motor sports. His family also operated a mini-mart in his St. Philip community.

Following his death yesterday the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Facebook page was inundated with expressions of grief and condolences by present and past police officers who recounted several stories of their association with Daniel and expressed shock at his sudden passing.

Today his tearful widow Portia told Barbados TODAY that Daniel was a “good husband, good provider” and loved her and his family very much. She said his sudden passing had left the entire family in shock.

In addition to Portia, Daniel leaves to mourn his brother Reverend Trevor Daniel, sisters Wendy, Joan and Norma, a son and two daughters.

Funeral arrangements are to be finalised. (WG)

9 Responses to Retired top police investigator passes away at hospital

  1. David Yearwood July 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to the Daniel family. Robert and I joined the RBPF, September 19,1970, course #51, and instantly became close friends. He was a very serious and dedicated individual when it came to police work and was also active in sports. He was also a very humorous person and got along well with people in general.
    It is very sad to learn of Robert’s passing at such a relatively young age(my age). May his soul rest in peace.

  2. Adeline Thomas July 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    deepest sympathy to the entire Daniel family

  3. Oral Phillips July 10, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    One of the nicest people you could ever meet, but no-nonsense as well. I will miss his fantastic sense of humor whenever he entered Super Centre Warrens. R.I.P. Harry.

  4. Beryl Piggott July 11, 2013 at 12:42 am

    On behalf of the Officers & Members of The Modern High School of Barbados Old Scholars’ Association (Toronto) Inc., (The Modernite Association), condolences is extended to the family of the late Robert Daniel.

  5. J Clarke July 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    On behalf of the members of the X Barbados Bowling league,I would like to extend my sympathy to the Daniel family on the passing of a loved one.May he rest in peace.

  6. Anne Harris July 16, 2013 at 9:39 pm

    My sincere sympathy to the entire Daniel and extended family. We will miss Robert’s smile and constant humour he was always a fun loving spirit. May he rest in peace

  7. Evan July 23, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Robert was revered and feared, because respect for the law is the beginning of knowledge. Robert was very well versed and beloved by fans who attended the various motor racing events.

    Here is a little anecdote to show Robert’s humour :
    Many years ago during a motoring racing event at Yorkshire and Hannas Robert was plying his trade and another fallen soldier( Harry Forte) teased “Harry somebody scratched your new van”. In typical Harry style without missing a beat he mused “Who so foolish!” That little exchange was the joke of the day. We shall all miss you.

  8. Michael Elcock July 24, 2013 at 10:40 am

    On behalf on the Empire club management committee and Empire Mens Hockey teams of the late 70s and 80s we wish to express our sincere condolences robert and his family.

    We know that no words can help ease the pain and loss of his passing. May you take comfort in knowing an angel is watching over you.

  9. Maria Wiltshire September 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Deepest heartfelt sympathy to the family. We grew up together.
    Always very respectful. May his soul rest in peace.
    Maria Wiltshire
    Brooklyn: New York


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