Toni’s final ride

Members of the local biking fraternity today joined with family and friends in paying their final respects to 43-year-old biker Toni Barrow – a mother of two – who died in an accident on Barbarees Hill on May 1.

An unusually large crowd of curious onlookers also gathered at the Better Life Assembly, Hindsbury Road, St Michael to witness what was a first for Barbados, as Barrow’s body was positioned on her motorcycle outside the church instead of inside and in a traditional casket.

A group of onlookers view the body of the late Toni Barrow

This proved to be quite the spectacle. And, even as family members sought to honour Barrow’s wish to be buried on a motorcycle, today’s send off proved very difficult for them.

Throughout the funeral service they could be seen comforting each other, as they struggled to maintain their composure amid the questioning gazes of some onlookers.

However, a breaking point came during the eulogy, which was read by Barrow’s sister Donna Worrell.

Between stifled sobs and pauses, Worrell said apart from Barrow’s obvious love for bikes, her sister was full of curiosity and was also very handy around the home.

“She always used to pick down the TV, pick down the radio, make anything,” the sister recalled as Worrell’s daughter Sade Harris stood beside her weeping openly.

Worrell also told the congregation her sister was quick to forgive others for past wrongdoings, as she urged the mourners to do the same.

In his address, Bishop Joseph Atherley admonished the grieving family to seek help from God in their dark hour.

“At the end of the day, our circumstances and our time are not in our own hands but in the hands of God,” he said.

Barrow’s funeral service was to be followed by a private cremation.

18 Responses to Toni’s final ride

  1. Patranell Callender
    Patranell Callender May 13, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    R.I.P

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  2. Isline Small
    Isline Small May 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    R.l.P

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  3. Leandre Arthur
    Leandre Arthur May 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    My ? Is did she go down on the bike are was it only for the viewing

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  4. Mary Gregg-Alleyne
    Mary Gregg-Alleyne May 13, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    May she rest in peace and rise in glory.

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  5. Sweets Archer
    Sweets Archer May 13, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    R.I.P

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  6. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee May 13, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    May she rest in peace

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  7. Beth A. Hunt
    Beth A. Hunt May 14, 2017 at 3:35 am

    Ride on my sister biker.

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  8. Eva May 14, 2017 at 9:24 am

    my deepest condolences to the family and friends. eternally rest in peace Toni.

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  9. Carlisle Norville May 14, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    we are not taught here in the west, the true mystical teachings of the CHRIST ( there is life after death only the clothes(the body( are discarded, but the spirit man or woman lives on & we all will be rewarded according to the life we lived in the earth plane. verry
    important not to live a filthy, uncaring & unloving life, the hider laws demand that what we sow we shall reap. (may she be comforted in the spirit realm.

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  10. jrsmith May 14, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Amen, amen, amen , at last we have grown up, never thought to see the day this happening in Barbados,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
    Condolences to her family, extended family and friends ……….

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  11. Judy Skinner
    Judy Skinner May 14, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    Sorry, I can’t get my head around this one!

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  12. Brewster May 15, 2017 at 4:13 am

    Found this so weird to display the body like this.

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  13. Denise Shepherd May 15, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    that was a very creative way of displaying that young ladies body, it is great that one funeral director has an open mind, and if it was ok with the family then, kudos to that director, great job. its time this reached Barbados. Time to get an open mind folks

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  14. bookworm May 15, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Dressing a dead woman in biker gear and sitting her on a motor bike for public viewing? Really?In a civilised country?

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  15. Bradg May 15, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    To each his own.

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