St Philip family still shaken by relative’s passing

A St Philip bar owner says he will forever be haunted by the gruesome image of his brother’s decomposing body on the bathroom floor of his home.
Recounting the harrowing ordeal to Barbados TODAY, Anderson Barton said that both he and other members of his family were still overwhelmed by the shocking discovery of the body of 66-year-old Fergusson Othneil Barton at his Lucas Street, St Philip home on Monday morning.
An autopsy has been ordered to determine what caused the death of the father of five, who was only one year into his retirement after working at the National Conservation Commission (NCC) for 40 years.

Anderson explained that he and his brother Steve Lucas went to Fergusson’s home at 6:30 a.m. after they became worried, having not seen or heard from him since Friday.

“Monday morning I knocked on the house just to shout him but I didn’t hear him, so I called my other brother and I told him that I saw our brother’s vehicle in the same spot for the last three days but he is not answering. He [Lucas] told me he was on his way and I went back and started to walk around the house and I peeped in and saw the flies and then I smell this stench,” Anderson said, noting that he waited for his brother to arrive before entering the house.

“We went to the bedrooms and didn’t find him but when we went to the bathroom we saw him on the ground. Right now my head is still hurting. It is the worst thing that I have ever experienced and it is not and it is not a last image that anyone should have of someone they love. I would not wish it on anyone,” said a distraught Anderson who remains in shock over his older sibling’s death.

“He never told us of anything he was suffering with, he never went to any doctor. The only thing was that he told my sister that he was using L-arginine and she had told him that he slim down and was looking good. He never complained of anything,” he stressed.

“My mother is taking it very hard and so is my sister because he was a happy go lucky guy,” he added.
Anderson also described his brother as a man who loved his family and one who was always willing to lend assistance to anyone in need.
“He was always up and about trying to help someone. As long as he was able he never turned anyone down and people loved him. As a matter of fact if it wasn’t for his vehicle we would not have thought too much of his absence because he is always out helping someone. We knew something was wrong because his car had not moved in days,” he added.

12 Responses to St Philip family still shaken by relative’s passing

  1. Collin Colliie Chase
    Collin Colliie Chase September 28, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    My buddy from school condolences to your family.

  2. Sophia Sobers Ifill
    Sophia Sobers Ifill September 28, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Condolences to the family may he R. I. P

  3. Rene Nurse
    Rene Nurse September 29, 2017 at 5:50 am

    RIP Freggie

  4. Tanya Welch
    Tanya Welch September 29, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Rip Mr Barton

  5. And they will fall September 29, 2017 at 7:31 am

    People have to be careful with that L-arginine. My blood pressure usually runs 117/79 or lower and I started taking that thing and the first day I started taking it I took half of the dose and my blood pressure sky rocketed to 154/96 till it went up constantly over the next few days to 189/109. Took my body about two weeks to regulate. My head felt like it would blow off and my heart was racing. Good thing I only took 3 half doses. Everyone’s bodies don’t work and process things the same way, because my sister takes it also and she is fine and we both suffer from the same ailment which it is purported to help. So just be careful ppl.

  6. And they will fall September 29, 2017 at 7:33 am

    May your family find Peace in God at this time. My condolences to you all.

  7. Mhizzeyejoyful Reece
    Mhizzeyejoyful Reece September 29, 2017 at 7:58 am

    May your bro Rest in peace and rise in glory

  8. Barry Nuese
    Barry Nuese September 29, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Rest in peace God father

  9. Andrea Bascombe
    Andrea Bascombe September 29, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Condolences to the the family. I have known Fergie for years and he was a very humble person. Rest in peace .

  10. Sad at your passing September 29, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I can’t believe he is gone. May he rest in peace. A very nice person.

  11. Ronald Forde (conliffe) September 29, 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Sorry for your loss my brother

  12. Ronald Forde (conliffe) September 29, 2017 at 4:28 pm

    He gone too a better place


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