Death shock

Forde’s death rocks Wanstead community

Residents of Wanstead Gardens, St Michael were thrown into an immediate state of shock this morning after the lifeless body of 44-year-old Winston Forde was discovered hanging from the rafters in his home, with a sheet around his neck.

Forde, originally from Fruitful Hill, St Andrew, occupied Apartment 6 in the Benny Hill Apartments.

He was discovered by his family members and neighbours who resorted to forcibly entering his apartment around 10 a.m. after several attempts to reach him by phone had failed.

The sudden death of the father-of-three has left neighbouring tenants shaken, especially as they knew the self-employed businessman and owner of Forde’s Technical Services to be full of life.

Neighbours also described him as a great conversationalist.

The lifeless body of 44-year-old Winston Forde (inset) was discovered hanging from the rafters in his St Michael home.

Twenty-seven-year-old Shakira Scantlebury, who was with the group that made the gruesome discovery of his body, said she was awakened around 8 a.m. by a commotion outside of his apartment.

“I saw [his] child mother knocking on the door, so then everybody raise the alarm and we realized that he was missing because we didn’t hear him and we do everything – we pelt rocks, we bum down, we holler, we do everything thing,” Scantlebury told Barbados TODAY, adding that her worst fears were eventually realized.

“When his cousin arrived . . .  he told me well he has the key and he couldn’t get in so then he went and get the screw drivers and he went through . . . and that was when he found him,” she recalled.

Scantlebury had lived next to the technician for the past two years. During that time the neighbours bonded and she developed a special appreciation for Forde, who she regarded as a big brother and a close advisor.

But despite their close relationship, she said she did not have an inkling that Forde would ever take his life, even though she said he appeared to be withdrawn on Tuesday, when she last saw him.

“When I was coming to take out the garbage . . .  he came down and said, ‘Shakira’ and that was it. Normally we would have a conversation . . . but this time he was much more withdrawn,” Scantlebury recalled, adding that “I’ve known him for two years and in the two years I’ve known him that was not him”.

Scantlebury, who lives on the lower level of the apartment block, said Forde loved children and was always willing to crack a joke or make someone smile.

“He was a very nice person; understanding, and he was very loving. He used to come and give my son anything
. . . . He was talkative and he would make a lot of foolish jokes . . . and he always used to come and check on you,” the tenant said, while still in disbelief over his death.

Fellow tenant Chetwin Shepherd was equally despondent.

When Barbados TODAY arrived, Shepherd was sitting on the steps complaining of having an intense headache. The Benny Hill resident had developed a fond friendship with Forde during his tenancy.

“He was somebody that would keep your spirit up,” Shepherd said, adding that “what happened today is a massive surprise.

“He was always reliable, always there, always supportive. If he is sleeping you can shout for him and he would come to your assistance,” the resident sadly remembered.

26 Responses to Death shock

  1. Abosed Abby Williams
    Abosed Abby Williams November 17, 2017 at 11:28 pm


  2. Lisa November 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Condolences to the friends and family.

  3. Maria Thompson
    Maria Thompson November 18, 2017 at 2:27 am

    My condolences to the family

  4. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley November 18, 2017 at 2:43 am

    So sad that no one knew either how depressed he was or what problems he had that made him take his own life. RIP

  5. Angela Lloyd
    Angela Lloyd November 18, 2017 at 3:22 am

    R.I.P Winston my condolences to you mum and family at this time

  6. Angela Griffith
    Angela Griffith November 18, 2017 at 5:17 am

    My condolences to his family may he Rip

  7. Shonni Blackman
    Shonni Blackman November 18, 2017 at 6:21 am

    My deepest sympathy to the family. The thing is these persons that are so reliable often have no one that they can rely on, people become so use to them being in high spirits and dependable and forget that they too are human beings and at some point will need to depend or lean on someone.

  8. esther November 18, 2017 at 6:21 am

    depression is an illness that is often unrecognized becsause the victims often hide it until it is too lste for o thers to try to help. may God strenghten his fsmily and comfort his family.

  9. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy November 18, 2017 at 6:27 am

    Depression is real…. SIP

  10. Shara Hinds
    Shara Hinds November 18, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Rip my friend and sincere condolences to your family gone to soon

  11. Bonnie Marton
    Bonnie Marton November 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Rip depression is more serious than ppl think but my condolences to the family

  12. Kim Gaskin
    Kim Gaskin November 18, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Very sad Indeed. ..

  13. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens November 18, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Cudear to take ones life for some means a sign of uncontrollable depression and want give up chaaa sorry he didn’t ask for help before resorting to this

  14. hcalndre November 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

    Winston; I don`t know you but RIP and condolences to the family. Its tough and very hard on the businessman in Barbados while others are smiling and living like the rich and famous.

  15. Angela Crichlow
    Angela Crichlow November 18, 2017 at 8:44 am

    May he RIP and Rise in Glory

  16. Kim Stone
    Kim Stone November 18, 2017 at 8:45 am

    Some people feel so hopeless an desperate that this seems like a solution.PEOPLE TRY AN BE UP FULL AN JOY FULL BE THERE FOR FOR EACH OTHER GENUINELY….YOU MIGHT MEET SOME DEMONS SO WHAT. ..GOD IS GREAT

  17. Roberta Ford
    Roberta Ford November 18, 2017 at 8:56 am

    So awful sad condolences to his family rip

  18. Pat BB
    Pat BB November 18, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Depression is one of the worse diseases….Condolences to his family.

  19. Roger Layne
    Roger Layne November 18, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Condolences to you and family

  20. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray November 18, 2017 at 11:34 am

    S.I.P bro

  21. Kayden Jada
    Kayden Jada November 18, 2017 at 12:28 pm

    the unknown hurts the most. My thoughts and prayers goes out to his family and friends.

  22. Kirk November 18, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Depression is real people and at timesyou feel like you are all alone. No one can truly understand how hard it is to go through this and how suicide always whisper in your ear. As much as people talk we never really take the time to understand a person who is suffering from this and by the time we want to its too late. My deepest sympathy to his family. I too am a sufferer and lost a brother to it via the same method. I pray that we begin to help those who really needit

  23. DE November 18, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    It is hard to believe that Fordie took his own live. I have known the guy for some years, never see the man vex, always with a smile and ready to talk some sense and some foolishness(crack a joke) and then would say ” I gotta left yah”. I use to call him tricky. A very pleasant person was he.
    May his soul rest in peace

  24. Thunder November 20, 2017 at 10:24 am

    This story is sad,but the reality is the people who go out of their way to take care of others and make them happysometimes have their own battles and don’t say,this is why we must know each other so well,that even one word,let us know something is wrong!
    He seems like a very nice individual,I encourage his family and friends to be strong, I will be praying for you,may he rest in peace!


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