Saying goodbye to Liam

A solemn mood enveloped the chapel of the Downes and Wilson Funeral Home Friday evening as family and friends turned out support Sheena Jackson and Steve Bridgeman, the parents of the Liam Bridgeman, the five-year-old boy who drowned while attending a birthday party at Coverley on October 15.

The grief and sadness was evident on the faces of everyone in the chapel for the viewing of Liam’s tiny body, which was immaculately dressed in a white suit and lying peacefully in a white casket with red lining.

The body of five-year-old Liam Bridgeman lying peacefully in the casket.
The body of five-year-old Liam Bridgeman lying peacefully in the casket.

His parents kept their composure throughout the viewing but the pain they were enduring was clear.

During the viewing, many shook their heads in disbelief, while others sat with tears streaming down their faces.

Scores turned up for Liam's viewing on Friday evening.
Scores turned up for Liam’s viewing on Friday evening.

A short service was held following the viewing. The official funeral service takes place at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Abundant Life Assembly.

Last week, Principal Dave Layne of the St Cyprian’s Boys’ School where Liam was a student, was full of praise for the young boy whom he had described as fun-loving, well-behaved and loved by all his classmates.

“Liam was a fantastic little boy – no disciplinary issues, well dressed, soft spoken. He was a very decent little boy, well liked by his classmates. He just used to run around all the time. The KG3 boys just run. They play a little cricket, a little football, but that’s it; they just like to run. They were all so happy at school. I can remember them just running all the time,” Layne said at the time.

13 Responses to Saying goodbye to Liam

  1. Joceline Blackett
    Joceline Blackett October 29, 2016 at 4:01 am

    May his soul rest in peace. Condolences to his parents and entire family, friends and classmates.

  2. Elaine Debrain
    Elaine Debrain October 29, 2016 at 4:01 am


  3. Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin
    Kayvonne N Clarke-corbin October 29, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Condolences to his parents and family he is an angel may he sleep in peace

  4. Shevon Griffith
    Shevon Griffith October 29, 2016 at 5:12 am

    R I P little one

  5. Larutan Shamshan
    Larutan Shamshan October 29, 2016 at 5:58 am

    RIP may God give his mother and family the strength to go on..

  6. Loraine Bovell Warner
    Loraine Bovell Warner October 29, 2016 at 6:24 am

    Goodbye baby ….God will take of you….. fly angel …. sheena….wendy you all are in my prayers today

  7. Titch Bajan Scorpian Small
    Titch Bajan Scorpian Small October 29, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Goodbye Liam, RIEP in the safe and loving arms of God.

  8. Shirley October 29, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Rest in peace my Son. Only god knows why he needed you so young. I pray for him to comfort your parents and friends. Sleep well.

  9. Smiley October 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    God bless and comfort you all Sorry for your lost.

  10. Phil October 29, 2016 at 10:12 am

    I personally cannot think of any other little boy attending the St. Cyprian;s Boys school behaving differently to Liam Bridgeman. They are all well loved and well disciplined boys. It prompts me to ask however, Just how could this have been allowed to happen? How could safety with this regards be overlooked? Liam’s gone now, and we cannot bring him back, so we’ll have to live with good memories of him. No more breakfast to prepare for him, no more telling him to hurry up or we’ll be late, no more homework from him to review, no more many things. The light at the end of the tunnel here is that time will bring all of us who grieve, through this. My closing request here is for ALL parents to put their young chil or children into a learn to swim program. Just as you can enroll them to football, tennis, music, ballet, gymnastics and all such activities,. I sincerely hope the Ministry of Education will have swimming incorporated in the schools curricula in a manner similar to that of Physical Education. This incident must never happen again. Not in a pool, not at the sea. not even in a bath tub. Any child who is taught how to swim, will know how to manage themselves in situations.

    • LESTER October 29, 2016 at 11:52 am


  11. Martha moise October 29, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    Sheena I feel your pain I’m so sorry God will take care of Liam my he rest in peace god knows best

  12. Jennifer October 30, 2016 at 8:25 am


    I agree with you. Many countries have swimming incorporated in schools and they are much larger than Barbados with not a beach in site far-less a pool; We need to incorporate swimming in schools and from an early age. My kids started swimming from 3yrs old. All condolences to the family and friends .


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