‘A gentleman’ – Brian Popple passes while vacationing in Barbados. Mrs. Popple praises ‘so many’ people who helped her.

When her husband of 50 years passed away on vacation, Bajans helped Pamela Popple

It is natural that complaints and criticism dominates the news stories everywhere. That is just the way of things with the news media.

But it is also true that when guests in Barbados encounter trouble, illness or pass away while on vacation, good people in Barbados help as much as they can. These stories of kindness and going the extra distance by good folks seldom make the news, so when possible Barbados Free Press likes to draw attention to what we believe is a core Bajan quality: kindness and assistance to strangers in need.

Our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Popple, and to family and friends of Brian Popple.

A GRANDFATHER who died from heart failure while on holiday in Barbados has been described as “a gentleman”. Brian Popple, of Hillside Gardens in Brockham, was on the Caribbean island with his wife, Pamela, when he died. He was 69. (photo above: Brian Popple)

“He was a lovely husband, a lovely father and a lovely grandfather. I still can’t believe he is not coming back.”

His children flew to Barbados the following day, and his body was flown home to the UK on October 2. Mr Popple was a director of Skyline Bookbinders in Vincent Lane for 28 years, had been married to Mrs Popple for 50 years, and had two daughters and four grandchildren.

Mrs Popple said: “He was a good man, everybody said he was a gentleman. We had some fabulous holidays together but we always went back to Barbados; we had a timeshare there and it was our favourite place.

“I don’t know what I would have done if it had happened on another island.

“There were so many people in Barbados that helped me while I was over there.

“We were childhood sweethearts. He was the only boyfriend I ever had. We loved each other to the end. We were soulmates and he was my friend.”

Read the full story at Surrey Today: Brockham grandfather dies from heart failure while in Barbados with wife


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3 responses to “‘A gentleman’ – Brian Popple passes while vacationing in Barbados. Mrs. Popple praises ‘so many’ people who helped her.

  1. Feeding time at the piggy trough

    Sorry the man died on holiday in Bim but happy that people helped his widow. There are worse ways to die than to go to sleep at 89 with your wife beside you and leaving children and many grandchildren.

  2. caribeye

    So sorry for his passing while enjoying another Bajan holiday. At the least he was in a place that he loved when he died and it is well that so many locals showed Mrs. Popple kindness and help…I would expect no less from my fellow Bajans because as critical and fractious as we are to our own we always help in times of dire need or tragedy! it is an autoreflesx, I believe, and a hallmark of our national character. So glad that his widow felt our support and genuine concern for her and her late soul mate. RIP Mr. Popple.

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