Shocking death

Woman’s body found in her home

Quinquagenarian Shirley Barrow was a private person who preferred to stick to herself. Neighbours of the Inch Cape Terrace, St Philip woman said she did not mix or mingle much and when not at work, spent her time alone at home with her dogs and her cats.

The house where Shirley Barrow’s decomposed body was found.
The house where Shirley Barrow’s decomposed body was found.

Barrow, who was on sick leave, died alone sometime over the past few days, her decomposed body discovered in her house yesterday morning by police officers after a neighbour raised the alarm.

Residents of the quiet developing neighbourhood told Barbados TODAY that Barrow’s neighbour, a police officer, became concerned and decided to investigate a foul ordour emanating from the building. The windows also remained opened despite the rain.

They explained that when the neighbour entered the yard he was met by flies and an overpowering smell, so he called fellow officers who found the dead woman inside the green and white wall structure.

Neighbour Ainsley Alleyne said he last saw Barrow alive on Tuesday.

Ainsley Alleyne showing some attention to  Shirley Barrow’s dogs.
Ainsley Alleyne showing some attention to
Shirley Barrow’s dogs.

He said it was not unusual for her two dogs to go over to his property, but they had been there since Saturday and had not left.     

“I just see the house opened all the time and it was very uncommon seeing the house opened. She would open her windows, go to work, come home and close them.

“But I realize that the dogs were coming here since Friday because they know they would get something to eat and I put water for them,” Alleyne said.

He stressed that while Barrow was a private person, she was courteous and often greeted her neighbours whenever she encountered them along the way.

“She didn’t use to talk to nobody, she just said ‘hello’ and that’s it. She was a very private person. She goes by her way,” he told Barbados TODAY.

Alleyne explained that he had been through a similar experience in the past in New York where he once lived.

“This is the second person that I find died like that. A lady in New York, we hadn’t seen her for a while and we keep asking. And there was a guy she use to go at came one morning, knocked on the door, ring the doorbell, went in and saw her inside the house dead, all swollen out. Now I come here to Barbados now and the same thing.”

Barrow worked as a housekeeper at the Crane Hotel for 11 years and colleagues spoke of their distress upon hearing of her sudden death.

“We are all in shock; this has come as a surprise. All we know is that she was on sick leave. We are all saddened by it . . .  She was a very easy-going person who was liked by all,” said John Alleyne, manager of the housekeeping department.

He described Barrow as a dedicated, trustworthy and dependable employee who always did a good job.

“I am sure that something will be done for her but it is being led by the Human Resources department. She was a good worker,” the manager said.

The police said it was not yet clear how Barrow died and they would await a post-mortem.

“She was found in a state of decomposition at her house [yesterday] morning in the Crane, St Philip. Right now we are not in a position to say what the cause of death is. An autopsy will first have to be carried out to determine the cause of death,” Public Relations Officer Acting Assistant Superintendent David Welch told Barbados TODAY.

33 Responses to Shocking death

  1. Browne-love Jan
    Browne-love Jan January 26, 2016 at 12:36 am

    This is so sad

  2. Colleen Harvey
    Colleen Harvey January 26, 2016 at 1:44 am

    It’s nice to be a quiet person but you need good friends that care about you when you are alone to looked you up once in awhile to make sure everything is ok. May she R.I.P

  3. Melissa Heron
    Melissa Heron January 26, 2016 at 1:46 am

    Very sad

  4. Lisa Marshall
    Lisa Marshall January 26, 2016 at 1:47 am

    Incredibly sad

  5. Inola Sam
    Inola Sam January 26, 2016 at 1:48 am

    So sad we all need people who really cares to connect with especially when you live alone….may her soul rest in peace.

  6. Cheryl Walrond
    Cheryl Walrond January 26, 2016 at 2:05 am

    Sad story but we need to have good relationships with our neighbours

  7. Fay Stuart
    Fay Stuart January 26, 2016 at 2:17 am

    RIP Shirley…she kept to herself a lot never mingled with anyone.

  8. kathy-Ann Clarke January 26, 2016 at 8:00 am

    This is sad, may she Rest In Peace.

  9. Angela Fergusson January 26, 2016 at 8:50 am

    Rest in peace Shirley! God knew you, now your burdens if any, are all gone.

  10. Olutoye Walrond January 26, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Pray, tell me what is a Quinquagenarian.

    • allison archer January 26, 2016 at 5:45 pm

      never heard the word before so I Google it, the definition is A person 50 years old, or in his or her fifties.

  11. guy smiley January 26, 2016 at 9:09 am

    come on olu. someone in their 50’s

  12. Ayo Ololara January 26, 2016 at 9:23 am

    A person between 50 and 59 years old apparently

  13. stephen Lovell January 26, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Reporters/editors need to consider that they are writing for a wide cross section of readers, use words that most readers can relate to. T
    he fact that the story began like that comes over as… well I think I havemade my point.

    • Rev. Winston Jones January 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      It is a challenge to develop the discipline of researching things

  14. Just Curious January 26, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Quinquagenarian is a person whose age is between 50 and 60. Not sure why the word was used in a newspaper story.

  15. Marina January 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

    It means a person between the age of 50-59

  16. Marcia Clarke January 26, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Will someone kindly explain “Quinquagenarian”
    Cannot locate my dictionary!!!!!!

  17. Jessie Best January 26, 2016 at 11:23 am

    It is someone who is between the ages of 50 – 59

  18. Marcia Clarke January 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

    “Quinguagenarian”………….A person between the age of 50-60 yrs (ie) 59 years old .

  19. Msempress Slimz January 26, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Quinquagenarian: a person 50 years old, or in his or her fifties

  20. Lyn January 26, 2016 at 11:46 am

    R.I.P – Shirley Barrow.


    I agree with Mr. Lovell.

    Some reporters/editors tend to want to use the biggest words; when they can also express themselves quite elegantly with the smallest of words……that way everyone is on the same page.

    Not to say that Barbadians are not intelligent……but we do not need to pick up a dictionary for every five words.

    Please…… do need to consider the readers.

  21. A January 26, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Thank you for the explanation for I too was rather lost. May she rest in peace.

  22. mostmark January 26, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Somebody just found a fancy sounding word and decided to use it. lol. How about middle age? This would adequately describe her demographic.

  23. Kevin January 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Wait she live in the Crane or Inch Cape?

    • allison archer January 26, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      am wondering the same thing

  24. Mello B January 26, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Terrible for the lady dying alone like that.
    That man neighbors need to move from bout he. He neighbors always dying round he tho.

  25. Icil January 26, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    I love the word….you all need to buy a good dictionary and expand your vocabulary……

  26. Brerlou January 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm


    This is the second such death I have heard of in the last few years. (Not counting people who have wandered away from home.) One often misunderstood statistic, claims that there are about 5 unattached females for every unattached male in Barbados. Misunderstood, because these proportions reflect comparative relationships, not population numbers. This means that as time goes by there will more and more be a disproportionate number of women living comfortably, but alone.

    Most single men under the age of 80 will go out and seek companionship, whereas many single women past menopause don’t. Most Bajan males, therefore, even the aged, have dependents and other attachments with people who rely on them and check on them quite frequently.

    Dependents aren’t hard to find. I would urge all single women living alone, for their own mental and physical security, to cultivate some form of caring relationship with someone who, continually, relies on them for something, even gardening fees, enough to know if something is wrong, or even if it is only a habitual exchange of pleasantries. Dogs and cats are fine, but they can’t talk or call for help.

  27. APOSTLE WINSTON CUMBERBATCH January 26, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    May her Soul Rest In That Peace That no man can Give

  28. Kirt January 27, 2016 at 7:17 am

    @olutaye does it matter the fancy word.. A woman died. Where is the compassion?

  29. Rodney bennett January 28, 2016 at 4:51 am

    Very well said Brerlou I agree 100 percent when women reach this age and they are alone they seem to think that it is disrespectful to find someone or something to add to they life at this point I don’t know why but they have so much to give I think the change of life causes this phase

  30. Merville February 8, 2016 at 8:15 am

    May she Rest In Peace,No one never said if she had or have children,what about familly


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