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Fatal ride

Cyclist leaves behind his pregnant fiancé and two doting boys

Wednesday night 28-year-old Kathy Bradshaw was sitting at her Bibby’s Lane, St Michael home preparing wedding invitations for family and friends she wanted to be present when she and her fiancé Quincy Jones exchanged vows. The garden ceremony was scheduled for June 18, one day after her birthday.

Kathy Bradshaw and her late fiancé Quincy Jones.

Kathy Bradshaw and her late fiancé Quincy Jones.

Kathy Bradshaw holding the wedding rings her fiancé Quincy Jones bought as she reflects on their relationship.

Kathy Bradshaw holding the wedding rings her fiancé Quincy Jones bought as she reflects on their relationship.

However, that ceremony can no longer take place.

As fate would have it, Jones died in a tragic motorcycle accident along the Ronald Mapp Highway early yesterday morning.

Police say the 27-year-old father of two, who was also looking forward to the birth of his third child with Bradshaw, was riding his bike along the highway when he lost control and fell.\

Quincy Jones (right) and his sons Kymani (left) and Levi in happier times.

Quincy Jones (right) and his sons Kymani (left) and Levi in happier times.

“I know it happened but it still don’t feel like it happened,” a visibly shaken Bradshaw told Barbados TODAY when our team visited their home around noon.

Instead of planning the wedding ceremony that she had hoped for, Bradshaw now had to do one of the most difficult things she has ever done in her life – plan her partner’s funeral.

“It is not something I am looking forward to doing,” said Bradshaw before her voice trailed off into despair.

The couple had been together for 12 years and their union had so far produced Kymani, seven, and Levi, two.

Bradshaw said she found out about the accident from Jones’ sister who called and gave her the bad news, but before that Bradshaw, who had been experiencing some restless nights because of her pregnancy, said she could not shake the feeling that something had gone wrong, after she called his phone and it went to voicemail.

“Whenever I’m awake and he is not home I would call him [but] when I called at six o’clock and got no answer, I said, ‘he should be home by now’. I was wondering why the phone was off, if he all right. I was just wondering and then his sister called crying,” she recalled.

As the boys slept close by in their bedroom, Bradshaw said she could not have asked for a better man to father her children.

She said Jones had a great relationship with both his sons and always included them in his daily schedule, even if it meant personal sacrifice.

(From left) Quincy Jones, son Kymani, and fiancé Kathy Bradshaw (right) on their bicycles posing for a family picture.

(From left) Quincy Jones, son Kymani, and fiancé Kathy Bradshaw (right) on their bicycles posing for a family picture.

“He took them kite flying, playing football, riding their bikes. Any event that they had, he would be there or take them there. He was always there,” she said.

As for her own relationship with the man with whom she intended to spend the rest of her life, Bradshaw said they loved and respected each other.

“Recently we had a really good relationship because we were planning for the wedding. He finally tell me he ready. We already send the invitations through Whatsapp, it was just to send out the official ones.

“He recently bought the rings. We have decorations already bought, meat ordered, fish ordered, stuff bought already. We were supposed to marry in a garden,” she recalled.

A former CARIFTA cyclist, Jones also participated in car racing at Bushy Park.

“Riding was his thing. Every man got his thing. Even if he knows that it dangerous that was his thing,” she said.

Bradshaw’s mother Cecily, who remained at her daughter’s side throughout the interview, described Jones as a devoted partner to her daughter, and a wonderful father to her grandchildren.

Cecily also described Jones as a good man who was always willing to lend a helping hand whenever she needed it.

“He was a very devoted boyfriend and father to those children and that made me love him even more. Sometimes if he knows I’m coming here he would be in the kitchen cooking something for me. I look at the children and think what a wonderful father they have lost,” Cecily said.

Bradshaw said Jones’ mother and his immediate family were struggling to come to terms with the loss.

8 Responses to Fatal ride

  1. kaz April 30, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Aww very sad time and my thoughts go out to
    you all taken away to soon …

  2. Yvette Griffith April 30, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I was on my way to work that morning and I had to get off the bus and walked acknowledging the bus could not pass because of an accident. I heard someone crying out loud saying ” not my Quincy, not my Quincy”.I looked across by the roundabout and I saw a man on the ground .It was so emotional for me I continued my journey to work with tears in my eyes and that is when it was confirmed on the news that a man lost control of his motorcycle and died. After reading this article from the love of his life I want to offer my sympathy to his family and may God shine his light during your time ov sorrow knowing he died on heroes day and reading your words I am sure he was more than a hero May God be with you and have a safe delivery.

  3. Crystal April 30, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    It’s so sad

  4. Silvana moise April 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    My deepest condolences goes out to the Jones family. May he rest in peace.

  5. Sherryl April 30, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    What a lovely family. My deepest condolences to Linda and Ian, Quincy parents and the Perryman family who I know very well

  6. Anni Boo April 30, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Soooo sad. Really touching…..may God be with you through this difficult time and see you through ur pregnancy. God always knows best. Be strong and keep faith.

  7. rifa phillips April 30, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Im not one who is usually lost for words but right now I am.Quincy was a jovial,friendly devouted soul.Nothing never seemed to bother him,he always had a smile on his face.R.I.P.Quincy J.May God bring comfort to the hearts of your loved ones at this trying time.

  8. Alec Pierre June 11, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    This is heart rending. May Good comfort you and family at this time and beyond. A devoted father; may his soul rest in peace!


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