‘A good man gone’
The family of Crime Chief Livingston Eversley today remembered him as a devoted family man, provider and dedicated police officer.
Precious memories flowed from the aching hearts of the loved ones of the 58-year-old Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) as they gathered at his Vauxhall Gardens, Christ Church home, reflecting on his life in an interview with Barbados TODAY.
Still visibly shocked at the sudden death of one of the veterans of the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) on Monday evening, his wife Joycelyn described Eversley as a straightforward, peaceful and committed individual who always went beyond the call of duty to help others.
“A good man gone. I always tell people I have the best husband in the whole world. The neighbours around here use to say, ‘I wish Mr Eversley was my husband’. Anybody who know Eversley would say he is a good man,” said the mournful wife of the man to whom she had been married for 21 of the 37 years they were together.
She described her late husband as a man who always looked after her needs and seemed to have known what she wanted, sometimes delivering even before she asked.
While the bereaved wife spoke as though Eversley were still alive, his 31-year-old daughter Latoya verbalized the pain they were feeling.
Latoya said she and her dad were close and they often spent weekends together doing the chores while her mother was at work. It was evident from her words and demeanour that she was agonizing over his sudden passing.
“I trying to be strong, but it hurts. Normally it is me and he home on Saturdays cleaning the whole house and washing because he was a very clean person.
“He would wash clothes by hand and press his own clothes. Even this weekend that just gone we were cleaning together,” Latoya said.
In a twist of fate, Latoya was the one at home when the highly respected 36-year veteran of the police force died in his bed. His wife was attending a friend’s funeral.
The daughter told Barbados TODAY that she was cooking when her dad arrived home and complained that he was feeling a pain in the chest and was going to take a rest.
A short while later, his grandson Donte who was looking forward to Eversley driving him to school this morning as he usually did, went into the bedroom calling for his grandfather but got no response.
The daughter said she rushed to the bedroom after being called by her son, but sadly, it was already too late.
“I was trying to shake him and he wasn’t moving. I just don’t know, my father was so health conscious and was disciplined with his diet. Every morning he would go running,” Latoya said.
When Joycelyn arrived home the police were already there, some in tears. One of them informed her about her husband’s death even before she had seen his lifeless body.
“I just don’t believe it. Eversley drop me home the morning. He clean the counter for me, he wiped the tables and he tell me he gone [to work],” said the broken-hearted wife.
“I can’t believe I went to give somebody my support and then when I come home I had my husband dead. I couldn’t believe it. It was like a fairytale,” the soft-spoken Joycelyn added.
The smiles would return to their faces, at least for while, as they flipped through an album with photographs of the day Eversley and Joycelyn renewed their wedding vows on their 11th anniversary.
Eversley took over as ACP in charge of crime following the death of Acting Assistant Commissioner Mark Thompson, 53, last November.
The RBPF today expressed shock and disbelief at his passing. Acting Commissioner of Police Tyrone Griffith told Barbados TODAY that Eversley’s passing had caused even greater sadness, considering he was jovial and giving advice at work “as normal” yesterday, hours before he died at his home.
“You wouldn’t find many officers better than him. You could tick every box in relation to him; he was top class in integrity, professionalism, team-work; outstanding detective . . . we are going to really lose an outstanding officer,” the top cop said, with an element of emotion in his voice.
He also noted that the late detective was a tower of strength to the RBPF and would be greatly missed. Griffith also expressed condolences to the senior officer’s family and said he hoped they would be well “in these tough times”.
As far as funeral arrangements were concerned, the police chief said the Force would await word from Eversley’s family on a date, but the law enforcement organization would play its part.
It is the second time within eight months that the Eversley family has been hit by the death of one of its members. Last September, his sister, 60-year-old Melanise Eversley was found dead beside the road at Jordan, St George. A man has since been charged in connection with her murder. Eversley leaves to mourn his wife, daughter and two grandchildren.