Beloved cop

Tearful sendoff for Eversley

The Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) this afternoon bade farewell to a senior officer whose loyalty, commitment and leadership were unquestioned and described as a benchmark for younger cops.

Acting Assistant Commissioner Livingstone Eversley, the second crime chief to die in less than a year, was laid to rest with full military honours in the yard of the St Jude’s Anglican Church, St George, following a service at the Western Light Church of the Nazarene.

Eversley, 58, died suddenly at his No 2 Vauxhall Gardens, Christ Church home last Monday. At the service, where Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith led the high command in mourning the loss, family, friends and colleagues heard glowing tributes about Eversley’s professional and family life.

Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith receives the flag which was draped over the casket.
Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith receives the flag which was draped over the casket.

Acting Senior Superintendent John Annel told the gathering, which included Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite and former Commissioner of Police Darwin Dottin Eversley gave of his best to the Force from the time he was at training school, where instructors predicted that he would become a well-rounded and worthwhile asset to the organization. Throughout his career, until his death, he did not prove them wrong.

Annel said out of the 35 years Eversley was a member of the Force, close to 30 were spent at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). He participated in many training sessions locally, regionally and internationally, always leaving an indelible mark on others with his probing and outstanding questions.

The Senior Superintendent said Eversley’s colleagues saw him as quiet, unassuming, down to earth, fair but firm, meticulous, organized, precise and most of all, extremely knowledgeable.

The stickler for time and detail also sat on the board of the Police Credit Union where he advocated for the financial wellbeing of fellow officers.

“Livingstone Eversley was made for work in criminal investigations. He was meticulous and paid such attention to detail, one could say that he was a forensic investigator. When Livingstone Eversley went through a murder file, it was like a forensic audit,” Annel said.

Eversley’s cousin Annette Snagg, who delivered the eulogy, said it was while at St George Secondary School that he exemplified leadership qualities and attained the position as senior prefect. She said when he decided to join the Force, few were surprised.

His mother attempted to persuade him to choose another career, but realized that her efforts would eventually become unsuccessful and later took the decision to give her support as she watched him climb the ladder of the Force.

“Before his mom’s passing in 2005, he went on to reach the rank of sergeant and she was extremely proud of her son’s achievement,” Snagg said.

Snagg said her cousin was a man of impeccable character, a deeply spiritual person, confidant and mentor to many of his nieces and nephews and loved to see them excel.

He was a family-oriented man who loved his family dearly, the eulogist said, so much so that at the time of his mother’s sickness, he would leave work every evening and head to her house to spend quality time with her, sometimes falling asleep and leaving at 2 a.m.

“Livingstone was a colleague and true friend of many. He had an ultra-quiet personality and carried a trademark smile with a healthy laughter. He was a meticulous dresser who took time in coordinating his outfits, making sure that everything matched,” she said about the fitness enthusiast and health conscious man who jogged for miles.

He also maintained a social life, playing cricket at times and attending karaoke sessions, Snagg added.

Throughout the service, Eversley’s wife Joycelyn, daughter Latoya and grandsons were in a sad, reflective mood, as they watched their loved one being committed to his final resting place. anestahenry@barbadoastoday.bb

Wife of the late Livingstone Eversley, Joycelyn (right) being supported by Family Liaison Officer Station Sergeant Sonia Thompson.
Wife of the late Livingstone Eversley, Joycelyn (right) being supported by Family Liaison Officer Station Sergeant Sonia Thompson.
Daughter Latoya (right) was overcome by grief.
Daughter Latoya (right) was overcome by grief.
Grandson Donte stood passively at the graveside.
Grandson Donte stood passively at the graveside.
Here, a tearful Reverend Scoffield Eversley lays a wreath on his cousin’s grave.
Here, a tearful Reverend Scoffield Eversley lays a wreath on his cousin’s grave.
Acting Commissioner Tyrone Griffith leads his officers in a final salute to their deceased colleague.
Acting Commissioner Tyrone Griffith leads his officers in a final salute to their deceased colleague.
The military procession makes its way into the St Jude’s Anglican Church in St George.
The military procession makes its way into the St Jude’s Anglican Church in St George.

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