Emotional send off for ‘Bird’
Fifty-six-year-old Anthony “Bird” Walcott, who lost his life tragically when the bulldozer he was operating fell over 100 feet to the bottom of Carrington Quarry, St Philip on October 13, was fascinated with tractors from the time he was a boy.
He would always go into the Belle plantation, not too far from his My Lord’s Hill, St Michael home, to see them, and eventually started his first job as an operator there.
From there, he moved on to Carrington Quarry where he worked for 20 years before he met his untimely death.
Today, relatives and friends gathered at the Government Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, where Walcott was fondly remembered.
His sister Tessa Watson, in a eulogy read by family friend Vincent Phillips, said it was hard to believe that Walcott was gone.
She remembered him as someone who possessed a lot of energy and was full of life. She also said Walcott loved to cook, and was always laughing or jumping around.
“My brother was a character and always put a smile on people’s faces. Because of his nature, he had a lot of friends. He would trouble everybody, in a fun way of course. He was a loving brother,” she said.
His children admitted that though he was not perfect, he did the best that he could and shared what he had with others.
“Aliyah his granddaughter said that he was the best grandfather she ever had. She said that one thing, they couldn’t call him, ‘Bird’, because he would ask them, ‘who you think you talking to? You mad?’ and out would come the belt. She said that he was always glad to see them,” Phillips said.
Walcott was also hailed by his workmates as one who went beyond the call of duty and who would readily assist in other areas, such as welding.
The hour-long service ran smoothly but proved to be an emotional journey for Walcott’s loved ones, who were seen wiping away tears at intervals. They also laughed when a joke was told about the jovial man.
In delivering the sermon, Pastor Samuel Burgess urged the members of packed congregation to let not their hearts be troubled, but to lean on God for comfort as they mourned their loss.
“He knows that trouble is going to come. Not that it may come, or it might come, it is going to come. Those of you who are old enough would remember the old folks would tell you, ‘today for you, tomorrow for me’,” said the pastor, who said the greatest trouble in the world was death.
Walcott, a father of three and grandfather of three, was buried at the Coral Ridge Memorial Gardens.