Plumber drops dead

Bar owner dies suddenly after complaining of chest pains

Family and friends of 57-year-old Michael Plumber Alleyne today said they were struggling to find the words to describe their shock at the sudden passing of the bar owner.

Alleyne, who would have celebrated his 58th birthday on Sunday, this morning collapsed and died at his Boom’s Bar on Lower Westbury Road, St Michael shortly after complaining of chest pains.

Patrons of Boom’s Bar and friends of the late Michael Alleyne (inset) look on anxiously as his body is removed from the scene.

His 26-year-old daughter Jalissa told Barbados TODAY that around 7 a.m. her father complained of a sharp pain in his chest, called out to her, and simply collapsed and died before the ambulance could arrive at the scene.

A devastated Jalissa said everything seemed fine with her dad, with whom she had earlier been joking about garlic spread, and who never showed signs of ill health.

“I never knew my father to be sick at any time of his life. We were laughing and talking this morning in the bar as usual. He asked me if I had eaten his garlic spread, which he usually used on bread, I told him, ‘every time you missed anything from the refrigerator you always assume that I took it,’” she recalled.

Jalissa Alleyne seeks comfort from her brother Corey Cox immediately following their father’s death.

As Alleyne’s body was being removed from the bar by officials of Two Sons’ Funeral Home, several patrons and members of the surrounding district looked on in disbelief.

The mood among those present reflected a deep sense of grief over the loss of the “well-liked” Alleyne.

While he ran Boom’s Bar, it was as a plumber that Alleyne apparently made a name for himself in Westbury Road.

He was a well known plumber and “well-liked by many residents” of the district where he grew up, Jalissa said.

Her sentiments were shared by boyhood friend Tyrone Asher Babb, who grew up with Alleyne in Westbury Road, and with whom he last spoke on Monday night.

The Mighty Plumber was just a fantastic person. I called him the Mighty Plumber because we used to make a lot of sport. If I do not have anything he made sure that I got something to eat. In times when I was down and out he would come and give me work and I helped him work.

“He was a very great person. He was well-loved in the community and he made a lot of sport. My heart is broken today. I think that we have lost a good person . . . . If anybody came and told him they were hungry he would offer them something to eat. A fantastic person has gone. I am so shaken by the death that I have not gone to work today. When I found out that the Plumber had died I just lost all interest in work,” Babb said.

“Like Tyrone, I think that Plumber was a fantastic person. I agree with everything that Babb said about the Plumber. We all grew up in the Westbury Road district and we remained friends until his death today. He will be missed by all of his boyhood friends,” added Parker Phillips, who sat on the steps of the bar reflecting on Alleyne’s sudden passing.

One brother, David, was so overtaken by grief that he merely looked on in disbelief as his brother’s body was being taken away. Another brother, Courtney, jolted by the reality of his brother’s death, said he felt that his head was about to “crack open”.

“I do not have the energy to speak to the press. My head feels like it is going to crack open. I do not know what to say about his sudden passing. I was not looking for anything like this to happen today,” Courtney told Barbados TODAY.

Shortly after Alleyne’s body was removed from the bar, his other daughter, Tanya Cox, who also assisted in the running of the bar, shut it down.

Alleyne leaves his six children and four grand children to mourn his passing.

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

31 Responses to Plumber drops dead

  1. Ross Rich
    Ross Rich April 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    R.I.p

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  2. Hellkat Sweetz
    Hellkat Sweetz April 19, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    Rip

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  3. Ross Rich
    Ross Rich April 19, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    That is my boy real talk

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  4. Sherry-ann Mayers
    Sherry-ann Mayers April 19, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    R.I.p a really cool guy my condolences

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  5. Elizabeth Astwood
    Elizabeth Astwood April 19, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    R.I.P

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  6. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers April 19, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    RIP mike.

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  7. Cheryl Boyce
    Cheryl Boyce April 19, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    RIP

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  8. Shamar Scott
    Shamar Scott April 19, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    R.I.P

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  9. Rhonda Parris
    Rhonda Parris April 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Deepest sympathy

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  10. Honeycoated Nikki
    Honeycoated Nikki April 19, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Rip

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  11. Vicki Walcott
    Vicki Walcott April 19, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    May he RIP. Condolences to his family. Very sad.

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  12. Mary Amos
    Mary Amos April 19, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Condolences to his family and friends

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  13. Lisa Hall
    Lisa Hall April 19, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    R.i.P plumber rise in glory

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  14. Clare Sarjeant
    Clare Sarjeant April 19, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Only last week in miss sawh shop he was telling me try and smile life too short. So to hear this is unbelievable rip plumber

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  15. DELORES COX April 20, 2017 at 1:00 am

    REST IN PEACE &RISE IN GLORY.

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  16. Terry Clarke April 20, 2017 at 6:16 am

    I am so sorry to hear about plumber’s passing. Never a dull a moment with him. He always had something to say that would make your day. My daughter who is the same age and shares the same name as his daughter: Jalisa Alleyne is also his cousin. My condolences and may God be with them all.

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  17. Cecil Goddard April 20, 2017 at 8:31 am

    My deepest condolences to the family of the late Michael Alleyne from my cousin Victor Goddard aka Baygon and myself Cecil Goddard aka Pussum may his soul rest in peace.

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  18. Heather Headley April 20, 2017 at 8:46 am

    The reality of death is all too familiar to us. So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

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  19. Greg, April 20, 2017 at 10:54 am

    we don’t always like the way the people we appreciate pass on, we all have to go sometime( i hope these events make us realize that there is more to life than just living it), he always greeted me with a smile .sorry he left so soon .(but that’s life)

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  20. Shamika April 20, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    A good man indeed..He always use to smile whenever I saw him..May he sleep in peace..My condolences to his daughter jalisa and the rest of the family.. May God send His Holy Spirit to comfort u all at this very tryin time.

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  21. Maria codrington April 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    My condolence to the family. He was a very fun loving guy always smiling. May he rest in peace.

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  22. mollie April 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    So sad am beyond shock he was such a jovius person he will surely b miss trust me

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  23. Wendy April 20, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    My condolences to his family and friends.. May he R.I.P

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  24. Heather Moise April 20, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    RIP. My condolences goes out to Scotty and the entire family circle

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  25. Veronica Hall April 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    May his soul rest in peace rise and shine in glory

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  26. Jennifer Grant Sands April 21, 2017 at 6:28 am

    My condolences to his Family and Friends .. R.I.P Plumber…

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  27. Margaret Ross-Salavarria April 21, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Sincere condolences to his family, friends and loved ones. Safe travels to him and God’s speed.

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  28. Junior and Hazel April 21, 2017 at 9:54 am

    We will miss you dearly Michael. You were one of the best in every way.

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  29. Junior Rowe April 21, 2017 at 10:13 am

    We will miss you dearly. You were one of the best in every way. Condolences to Corey and the rest of the family.

    Hazel & Junior

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  30. Bajan mauby bark April 21, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Here today gone in the blink of an eye RIP bro.

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  31. Barry April 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    R.I.P. Cuzzo

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