Greenidge’s last plans

The last WhatsApp message from police constable Wallace Hayden Odain Greenidge to his Westmoreland Nazarene Church ministries’ group was one of plans for a grand Christmas production.

No one in the group or the wider church ever imagined that Greenidge, affectionately known to church members as Brother Wallace, would not be around for Christmas.

Greenidge, 38, disappeared last Friday night, while fishing with a friend at Animal Flower Cave in Connell Town, St Lucy. His body was discovered floating on Sunday afternoon by staff at the Animal Flower Cave’s restaurant. His friend’s body has not yet been found.

Wallace Greenidge (inset) disappeared last Friday night, while fishing with a friend at Animal Flower Cave in Connell Town, St Lucy.

When Barbados TODAY visited his home at Four Hill, Indian Ground, St Peter, no one was present.

However, Westmoreland Nazarene Church Pastor John Yarde said they all were shocked at the news of the police officer’s death.

“The church is shocked. We feel badly about it. He was such a personable fellow. In his last email on WhatsApp to the church he was ready to plan the Christmas programme. He mentioned what he wanted to do. That was the nature of the person. It really shocked us. We were wishing it was not the police officer we knew,” he said.

“He was one to write scripts, direct them, and use his voice. He liked the youth, he liked interacting with the young people and bringing out that creativity. He was a graduate of the Caribbean Nazarene College he was extremely creative in both art and music.”

The pastor said as involved as Greenidge was in the church, he always wanted to do more.

They last spoke on Sunday, October 29, when they discussed the progress the constable’s daughter was making at school.

Back then, Greenidge had a sparkle in his eyes, Yarde recalled.

“One of our final conversations at church with him he was speaking in glowing terms about his daughter in terms of how well she was doing at school, in terms of her being in the Girl Guides. She is the head girl at school and he recently won some prize at NIFCA [National Independence Festival of Creative Arts]. At the end of the service he was telling us about plans for her future and so on. Those were his last words to us,” the pastor recalled.

20 Responses to Greenidge’s last plans

  1. Thunder November 14, 2017 at 12:12 am

    My condolences to the family of brother Greenidge,may he rest in peace!

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  2. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 14, 2017 at 12:16 am

    May brother Greenidge rest in peace!I also extend my condolences to the entire family!

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  3. JoJo Clarke
    JoJo Clarke November 14, 2017 at 1:22 am

    RIP Wallace.

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  4. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite November 14, 2017 at 1:43 am

    So sorry to hear of this tragedy .!
    My condolences go out to the family ,
    Of the bereaved …RIP..

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  5. Christopher Robinson
    Christopher Robinson November 14, 2017 at 5:17 am

    How did this happen to two people? What are the circumstances ?

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  6. archy perch November 14, 2017 at 6:37 am

    A good citizen is gone….a bad one remains in the form of Lard Evil.
    Go figure. We like it so. A murderer walking the streets freely. SMH.

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  7. seagul November 14, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Fishing is a great sport and can go a long way in helping the economy. We need to to fish in greater numbers and in groups to look out for each other. Sorry to hear…RIP.

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  8. Sharon Gumbs
    Sharon Gumbs November 14, 2017 at 9:54 am

    May he RIP!

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  9. Karen Farmer Troulan
    Karen Farmer Troulan November 14, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    So sad, condolences to his family and friends. Rip

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  10. Helicopter(8P) November 14, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    I just don’t have words at this time! May God give you eternal rest and peace. My condolances to the Greenidge family and especially to your loving daughter.

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  11. Henderson November 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    When would we get the real answers to this incident, could it be the wrong place at that time ,did anyone check the people and family to mr Mayers to get some kind of information or he’s no body, he has plenty friends and family who’s greatly concerned, why focus on one or is it something the public shouldn’t or even know about

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  12. real vexx November 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Police seem to be concerned only about their colleague….. I never trust police investigating police….. I hope the boats still searching.

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  13. Joan Crawford
    Joan Crawford November 14, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    What happened on those rocks

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  14. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price November 14, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Rip. My condolences to his family and friends

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  15. Danielle Walker
    Danielle Walker November 14, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    RIP Wallace

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  16. Shane November 14, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    My Condolences to the family.He was a good man.

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  17. CHRISTOPHER HAREWOOD November 17, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    sorry to hear of the untimely passing of constable greenidge.My deepest condolences at this time to his family.May he rest in peace at the right hand of GOD

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