St Philip family in shock over death

Family members of a St Philip man who dropped dead thursday said his passing has come as a total surprise since he had just received a clean bill of health last Saturday when he last visited his doctor.

It was around 2:30 p.m. thursday as 62-year-old Martin Weekes of Harington, St Philip was clearing a field at Robinson Land in that same parish when he collapsed and later died at the scene.

Martin Weekes
Martin Weekes

As investigations continue into the matter, his family members told Barbados TODAY they were struggling to figure out what went wrong, based on his last doctor’s visit.

They said when the retired Ministry of Transport and Works employee left home yesterday morning he did not complain of feeling unwell.

In fact, his older brother Emmerson Weekes said he was in good spirits and looked well as he got onto his bicycle to make his way to his landscaping job.

“The morning before he leave home he was alright. He said he going long to work and then in the evening I hear them say he passed away. He left here good riding he bicycle,” Emmerson explained.

Weekes’ sibling described him as “a very nice fella who would give his last to those in need”.

Today, the deceased man’s younger sister, Elaine, was also struggling with news of his death. She said she was at home when she got a call informing her that her brother had collapsed and an ambulance was on its way to take him to the emergency room.

However, Elaine said she rushed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital only to find out that he was not yet there. It was then that she made a phone call and was informed that her brother had died at the scene.

“He went to the doctor Saturday and the doctor say he was in very good condition. He went for he normal check up so this shock the family,” Elaine said.

Weekes who had seven brothers and three sisters, was not married and had no children. However, family members said he was an animal lover and enjoyed rearing blackbelly sheep. 

3 Responses to St Philip family in shock over death

  1. Rhonda M Lorde
    Rhonda M Lorde September 10, 2016 at 6:29 am

    Rip martin weekes

  2. harry turnover September 10, 2016 at 7:41 am

    Sorry to hear and my condolences go out to his family,but it only goes to show that not a fella can tell when someone is going to die……as DEATH IS SUDDEN !! not ONLY those who die AWAY from home.
    A while back ,a soldier who dodged bullets and mine fields in the Viet Nam war was returning home and his family saw him riding a bicycle coming towards them and everybody including the dog ran towards him and somehow the dog got tangled in the bicycles’ spokes and the man fell off broke his neck and died on the spot.

  3. Chris Wright September 10, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Thanks Harry, that was some consolation.
    May he rest in peace. Heartfelt condolences to his family.


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