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drowning victim’s wife overcome with tears

What started out yesterday as an early morning walk for Mervin Bovell has deprived his wife Stacia of the love of her life for 14 years.

Mervin Bovell, whose body was recovered from waters off Glitter Bay, St James yesterday, with wife Stacia, in happier times.

Mervin Bovell, whose body was recovered from waters off Glitter Bay, St James yesterday, with wife Stacia, in happier times.

The 34-year-old man, affectionately known as Junior to family and friends, is Barbados’ first suspected drowning victim for the year.

His body was recovered from the sea off Glitter Bay, St James around eight o’ clock yesterday, after it was seen floating in the water by tourists.

Sitting at their Yearwood Road, Mount Standfast, St James home today, a tearful Stacia told Barbados TODAY that the sight of her husband’s lifeless body on the sand was heart wrenching, causing her to wish it was just a dream.

“We were so happy. This is not easy for me,” she said quietly.

She said their 11-year-old daughter Azalea, a student of the St Alban’s Primary School who is preparing to sit the Common Entrance Examination in May, could not stop talking about the bond she had with her dad who made spending quality time with her a priority.

Stacia explained that her better half left home before five yesterday morning after informing her that he was going walking and would return at six.

However, when that time passed and Mervin, who was known for his punctuality, had not returned, Stacia knew something was wrong.

Maybe he went for a longer walk this morning, a distraught Stacia said she thought to herself.

The wife said when their daughter left home for school, she decided to go and look on the beach to see if he was there, but he was nowhere to be found.

“When I came back home, I said it was unusual he didn’t get back as yet. I called my mom and tell her I don’t want to panic but he should be back by now. She told me she is coming now and she brought my two brothers.

“I called his sister at work and said, ‘don’t want to panic, but Junior leave home at minutes to five and he said he would be back by six and he ain’t get back.’ My mom came and we went down to the beach.

“My mother and one of my brothers went to the right and me and my other brother went to the left,” she recalled as she spoke about her journey to discovering the loss of her soul mate.

Stacia said a short distance into her walk along the beach, she saw police putting up caution tape and she turned to her brother and asked him why.

Struggling to get the words out, the 35-year-old said her question was answered when she saw a watersports operator who was familiar with the family and he confirmed that her worst nightmare was real.

“He said, ‘your husband there laying on the beach’. So then we ran across and I asked the police to see him and it was Junior. I don’t know what happened,” she recounted, as she wept silently.

The man she vowed to spend her life with until death, was gone. They had plans of celebrating his 35th birthday next Thursday.

Stacia said she was going to miss many things about Junior, especially his position in her life as confidante and partner with whom she attended car-racing events.

The couple also worked together maintaining gardens.

But what hurts most is the thought of not having Junior around to share in raising their daughter.

“I feel like it’s a dream. I normally can’t sleep if he is not at home, so last night I did not sleep because he did not come home. I know he isn’t coming, but I guess it is just to condition myself now to knowing that he is no longer here.”

Junior’s sister, Sonia, said that her brother was the last of five children and he was probably the most fun loving.

She said he was the one who held on to memories, especially funny stories and shared them whenever he considered it convenient to do so, even if it was ten years later.

“My brother was generally a good person. In his latter years, he became quite a chef,” she said.

Junior’s mother-in-law Beulah Beckles said she admired the close friendship her daughter shared with her late husband.

Beulah said she was still in disbelief following news of his passing.

“I don’t think anybody believes it all like now. It can’t be for real,” she said.

79 Responses to Distraught!

  1. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine March 11, 2016 at 5:06 am

    So sad, may God grant the family comfort.

  2. Wendy Massiah
    Wendy Massiah March 11, 2016 at 5:13 am

    My sincere condolences…

  3. Kenille Wiltshire
    Kenille Wiltshire March 11, 2016 at 5:14 am

    I pray for you and you daughter…

  4. sherry-ann March 11, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I give u my condolences

  5. Lise Hansen
    Lise Hansen March 11, 2016 at 5:18 am

    how terribly sad …..

  6. Lisa Edwards
    Lisa Edwards March 11, 2016 at 5:21 am

    R.I.P Mervin sad sad

  7. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry March 11, 2016 at 5:24 am

    condolences…to you and yours.

  8. Thicky Sweets
    Thicky Sweets March 11, 2016 at 5:35 am

    My condolence to you and yours

  9. Pearl Ponder Holton
    Pearl Ponder Holton March 11, 2016 at 5:38 am

    May God give you and your daughter strength during this trying time.

  10. Anthony Michael Hinds
    Anthony Michael Hinds March 11, 2016 at 5:39 am

    My sincerest condolences on your loss,hay he rest in peace.

  11. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry March 11, 2016 at 5:40 am

    My deepest condolences to you and your family

  12. Garvin Morris
    Garvin Morris March 11, 2016 at 5:45 am

    My deepest condolences to their family. Losing someone is never easy.

  13. Mitchell Holder
    Mitchell Holder March 11, 2016 at 5:46 am

    Condolence ot his wife and family.

  14. Roberta Ford
    Roberta Ford March 11, 2016 at 5:52 am

    So awful sad Rip xx

  15. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett March 11, 2016 at 5:58 am

    May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his family and friends.

  16. Angela Maria
    Angela Maria March 11, 2016 at 6:05 am


  17. Danny Colombian Clarke
    Danny Colombian Clarke March 11, 2016 at 6:12 am

    RIP. My condolences to you all

  18. Eleanor Gilkes
    Eleanor Gilkes March 11, 2016 at 6:15 am

    Be strong for u and your daughter ok

  19. Denise Bourne
    Denise Bourne March 11, 2016 at 6:16 am

    Condolences to the family

  20. Yusuf Hafejee
    Yusuf Hafejee March 11, 2016 at 6:17 am

    May God make it easy for the wife, daughter and the entire family . Aameen.

  21. Patricia Browne
    Patricia Browne March 11, 2016 at 6:18 am

    Condolence to the family.

  22. Rhonda Veronica Leacock
    Rhonda Veronica Leacock March 11, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Condolences to all!

  23. Rose Hoyte
    Rose Hoyte March 11, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Condolences to his entire family

  24. Basil Graham March 11, 2016 at 6:33 am

    Condolences to his wife, daughter and his entire family.

  25. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy March 11, 2016 at 6:34 am

    Sincere condolences

  26. Sandra Browne Sampson
    Sandra Browne Sampson March 11, 2016 at 6:34 am

    So sad, my condolences to the family

  27. Marie Clarke
    Marie Clarke March 11, 2016 at 6:36 am

    Sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. I prayer that you will find comfort in the loving arms of God during this difficult time. May he Rest In Peace.

  28. Keisha Prescod
    Keisha Prescod March 11, 2016 at 6:36 am

    I still cannot come to grips with this news. Mervin was such a nice person from school days, always smiling and making jokes. People usually say “oh he was a nice boy, well, this is one for sure that was. Condolences to his family and friends. Mervin will surely be missed and remembered. R.I.P. Definitely Gone to Soon.

  29. Verona Brome
    Verona Brome March 11, 2016 at 6:38 am

    May he rest in peace and rise in glory

  30. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley March 11, 2016 at 6:38 am

    Sincere condolences to his wife, family and friends, may he Rest In Peace

  31. Angela Corbin
    Angela Corbin March 11, 2016 at 6:48 am

    RIP Junior and condolences to his entire family circle and may the Lord give them strength.

  32. Richmark Deane
    Richmark Deane March 11, 2016 at 6:48 am

    Condolences to this family and the extended Barbadian family.

  33. Nakita Goddard
    Nakita Goddard March 11, 2016 at 6:50 am

    May the Lord have mercy on you and your family ….it’s so sad

  34. Cornelius Wendel Joseph
    Cornelius Wendel Joseph March 11, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Deepest sympathy

  35. Pat James
    Pat James March 11, 2016 at 6:58 am

    My condolences to his wife and family

  36. Pleasant Alleyne
    Pleasant Alleyne March 11, 2016 at 7:00 am

    My condolences to his family n friends may he RIP

  37. Rodney H. Greaves
    Rodney H. Greaves March 11, 2016 at 7:05 am

    My sincere condolences. I am here in tears because of this tragedy. It appears, that the good always perish early. #deeply movedandsaddened

  38. Andrea Atkins
    Andrea Atkins March 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Stacia, my heart is touched with your grief even though I don’t know you. May God’s grace be on you and your familly.

  39. Obed Maynard
    Obed Maynard March 11, 2016 at 7:11 am

    Still can’t belive this but my condolences to the family

  40. Sandra Bushell
    Sandra Bushell March 11, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Very sad my condolences

  41. empress divine March 11, 2016 at 7:29 am

    My God be with them at this time

  42. kadila alexander March 11, 2016 at 7:34 am

    The Bajan Car Freaks family will dearly miss you RIP bro xoxo

  43. Warren Gibson
    Warren Gibson March 11, 2016 at 7:42 am

    RIP Junior you will be missed my friend till we meet again buddy, my heart felt condolences to his family ,wife and daughter.

  44. Bostonian March 11, 2016 at 7:46 am

    I dont know the family but that is so sad condolences goes out to the family,it seems like we loseing all the good people and leaving those damn criminals out there to make people lives miserable

  45. Lorraine Carrington March 11, 2016 at 7:50 am

    So sad, may his soul rest in peace.

  46. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers March 11, 2016 at 8:01 am

    So sad may he rest in peace,deepest condolences to the family

  47. Karon Desrivieres
    Karon Desrivieres March 11, 2016 at 8:02 am

    My deepest condolences to the entire family

  48. Karen Brathwaite
    Karen Brathwaite March 11, 2016 at 8:04 am

    R.I.P so sad

  49. Dale Griffith
    Dale Griffith March 11, 2016 at 8:08 am

    Sorry to hear My Condolences

  50. Roxanne Ralph Horne
    Roxanne Ralph Horne March 11, 2016 at 8:20 am

    It’s so sad..May his family find comfort in God…

  51. Crystal Fagan
    Crystal Fagan March 11, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I’m so sorry for your loss…..this is really sad.

  52. Sue Yellin
    Sue Yellin March 11, 2016 at 8:25 am

    what is a suspected drowning???
    The 34-year-old man, affectionately known as Junior to family and friends, is Barbados’ first suspected drowning victim for the year.

    His body was recovered from the sea off Glitter Bay, St James around eight o’ clock yesterday, after it was seen floating in the water by tourists.

  53. Gina Clarke
    Gina Clarke March 11, 2016 at 8:26 am

    My condolences to the family

  54. Ralph Rramja
    Ralph Rramja March 11, 2016 at 8:27 am

    My condolences to his wife and daughter and family. They in my prayers

  55. AUDREY BABB March 11, 2016 at 9:56 am


  56. Schendilla Timmerman March 11, 2016 at 10:19 am

    I just read your story and I am deeply touched,I feel your pain Stacia but God is in charge,do not lose strengthened at his time of grief.

  57. AQUARIUS FEB March 11, 2016 at 10:40 am

    Condolences to his wife and daughter
    Family and friends
    may the lord grant him eternal rest and he will
    Rise in glory stay strong

  58. BeautifulTorch March 11, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Heavenly Father, may your Holy Spirit give them some peace of mind and comfort in this sad and trying time, and grant them healing in due time… May his soul rest in peace….

  59. Charles small March 11, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Condolences to the bereaved family’s may the good lord grant you peace in this period rest in peace my brother

  60. Linda Hoyte March 11, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I extend my sympathy to the entire family .

  61. Veejay March 11, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My God grant you the strength to cope in this your time of sorrow. May your dear husband rest in peace and rise in glory.

  62. Janelle Clarke March 11, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    My sincere condolences as well. May he rest easy in eternal peace

  63. Nikki howell March 11, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    God is watching over him now in heaven.. May his is soul rest in peace

  64. Alec Pierre March 11, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourisheth. For the wind passeth over it and it is gone; and the place thereof shall know it no more.
    But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting.
    May Junior’s soul rest in peace. Condolences to his dear wife, daughter and family.

  65. michael roach March 11, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    My condolences to the family

  66. shareefan March 11, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Sorry for your loss

  67. Shane martindale an Alison Martindale -trorz March 11, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    My condolence to you sorry but keep praying Jehovah an Jesus will help yuo

  68. Rondell Lynch March 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    My sincere condolences to Stacia on the passing of her husband Mervin. I met him through an accident he was involved in February 2014 and saw the love Stacia had for Mervin. May he continue to rest in peace.

  69. Stan Ford March 11, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family

  70. PattyCake March 11, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    It is never easy losing a loved one. Stacia continue to find comfort in the Lord. Remember the great times you had with Junior. May your husband rest in peace and may the Lord grant all of you strength especially your daughter as she prepares to write the BSSEE. With God all things are possible.

  71. Brerlou King March 11, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    I’ve been there, myself, but I still hate to see it, when a young couple is doing everything right, and things still go wrong for them.
    Yes, bad things happen to good people too, and good things happen to bad people. If it were not so, then which of us would be worthy of ANY blessing?

    In any event, a life span is but a short sentence in a very very long story. So, those of us who know, understand that it all comes out alright in the end. Musical types will understand what I mean, when I say that every discord has a harmonious and beautiful resolution.

    “So I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

  72. Heather Negahdar March 11, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    My heartfelt sympathy to Stacia and the family. Keep trusting in God who will give you the strength to continue your journey in life.

  73. marva March 12, 2016 at 4:39 am

    This is a well-written story about a very very sad event… not over dramatize.

    I pray God will comfort this family especially his wife and daughter.

  74. MING Ling March 12, 2016 at 6:20 am

    My prayers are with you coz only you know the pain that you are experiencing during this period. Rest assured that your fond memories of your husband shall forever dwell in your heart. I pray that you and your family be granted strength and fortitude during this time of distress

  75. Kathyanne Catlyn March 12, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    May God comfort you at this time. I am so glad he was a great dad that alone would take your daughter through he exams..may he rest in peace.

  76. Carol-Ann March 13, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I pray that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ covers and keep both u and your daughter in this sad and difficult time. I pray that He blesses u both with the fortitude u both require to withstand the pain and loneliness and that u both would seek ur Lord and Savior for all your desires, thus allowing a stronger relationship with Him in Jesus’s name. Amen!

  77. Glyn March 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    I know your pain

  78. Sharon Mullin March 13, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    May God continue to hold you Stacia and your daughter in His arms, and may Mervin’soul be at peace. As I am sure he will look after both of you as though he were here. Condolences to the entire family.

  79. Shirley & family--St. Lucia March 14, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Very warm and kind to my family. Stacia, may God surround you and your daughter with His eternal presence.


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