Death sting

Wife saddened by husband’s sudden passing

It is the kind of news no loving wife ever wants to hear.

However, Marilyn Walton, has been forced to come to terms with the death of her husband of 35 years, Ainsley Walton, who passed away suddenly in Bridgetown on Monday.

At the time, the 68-year-old St Patricks, Christ Church resident was walking along Bridge Street, when he suddenly collapsed and died at the scene.

Marilyn Walton in tears as she speaks about identifying her husband as he lay on the pavement in Bridge Street, The City.
Marilyn Walton and her husband smiling on their wedding day thirty-five years ago.

Today, while recounting the painful sight of her husband’s lifeless body on The City pavement, the wife came close to tears.

“It was sad, very sad. I went down to where he had fallen and it was sad just seeing him lying on the pavement dead. It was hurtful and sad. My son was there and my daughter was there,” the widow told Barbados TODAY.

She also explained that while her husband had a heart condition, there was nothing to indicate that his death was imminent.

Formerly of Bayland, St Michael, the deceased man worked at The Ministry of Transport and Works as a carpenter before being elevated to section leader.

Since his retirement in 2015, his wife said he looked forward to attending the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s weekly Q in the Community limes.

“He just liked to go Q in the Community. He liked dancing,” she said of her husband, adding that he loved to eat turkey, especially at Christmas.

“You don’t have to do anything else just bake him a turkey,” she said of her husband, with whom she shared two children.

However, the widow later revealed that they had not been living together as a couple for the past 18 years, even though they still visited each other and communicated on a regular basis.

In fact, she said her husband was always quick to respond to her every need.

“When I called him, he would be there in the next ten minutes, or half an hour. He was helpful,” she said, while pausing to regain her composure.

During their last conversation the day before he died, she recalled her husband telling her that she was getting fat and needed to lose weight — a memory that made her chuckle amid her grief.

“On Sunday, we talked about things he was going to do, things that he wanted me to do. He said I was getting too fat. I need to lose weight and stop working so hard. It was a general conversation,” she said, adding that she was going to miss him, especially his teasing behaviour.

“I am going to miss him a lot. He was reserved yet he would make you laugh. He liked to tease me, he liked singing and he would sing anything,” she said.

Apart from his two children by marriage, Ainsley leaves to mourn two other children who were born out of wedlock.

6 Responses to Death sting

  1. Eleanor Maxine Harewood
    Eleanor Maxine Harewood January 10, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    wow so sad

  2. Suzanne Allen
    Suzanne Allen January 10, 2018 at 11:40 pm


  3. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 10, 2018 at 11:41 pm


  4. Rhonda Holder
    Rhonda Holder January 10, 2018 at 11:50 pm


  5. seagul January 11, 2018 at 7:53 am


  6. parish January 11, 2018 at 8:56 am

    BARBADOS TODAY ,there are some things if told to you that you dont put out in the public, so they werent living together for 18 years, and he had two children out of wedlock , that is none of your business or the public business, SMH in a time like this for the family all you can find is to put the negative looking parts, did you seek to find out how many good times and moment they had together, it had to be good cause they got married, it was told to you and you should leave it there, some of you reporters have no sense of what to print,, highlight the wrongs this government doing on a daily bases, ask about the millions of dollars being spent and cant see where its spending, talk about the NIS money gone in four season cost over runs at st john polyclinic, etc,


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