In Memoriam – Marcus (James)


One of BFP’s founders passes

Dear Friends,

We have lost Marcus – one of our original four founders and BFP’s editor-in-chief.

Although his passing was not unexpected, it was in some ways more difficult for family and friends during these last five months than had he been taken suddenly. Marcus said it was a blessing that he knew and had time to prepare. Given his choices, I could not argue with him.

“When you know your time is coming, you find joy in the smallest things that you once took for granted.”

That’s what Marcus said and he remained his usual smiling self right to the end. His attitude and joy in life remains an inspiration to all who knew him.

Some of our regular readers started asking if things were alright three or four months ago as they noticed changes in BFP’s postings and lapses in the usual daily online banter as Marcus became less and less able. He was the glue that held BFP together and it showed when he was increasingly absent.

Those of us who remain will take a some time to reinvigorate Barbados Free Press and to get back to our roots as a voice for social and political change in Bim. We pledge to continue the fight to stop our so-called Bajan “leaders” who sell off our children’s futures while lining their own pockets and filling their foreign bank accounts.

The mourning time is over, and with help from the good Lord and our readers we’re getting back to work.




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43 responses to “In Memoriam – Marcus (James)

  1. BBaywatch

    sad news, my condolences.

  2. MoneyBrain

    Why is it always the guys on the vanguard that meet their demise prematurely? My condolences to the family, both actul and on this site.


    Lets hope BFP get stronger and not weaker , Its a good site to leave behind, it may Live forever. Good work MARCUS(JAMES)

  4. Well Well.

    RIP………….I wondered what happened to BFP.

  5. EddieLizzard2

    So sorry to hear this news. My condolences to his family and friends.

  6. Robert S.

    Thank you Marcus. Always remembered.

  7. Anonymous - reasons unknown

    Sad news. I respected him and his calm influence. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  8. A policy holder

    My sympathy to his family! There are few like him, but BFP will not pass with him. It can and must grow stronger NOW. Barbados needs people who are prepared to stand up and say ENUFF is ENUFF.

  9. Adrian Loveridge

    It is sad we never fully appreciate people or ‘things’ until they are gone.
    We must never forget the contribution BFP has made (so far) to preserving our democracy. RIP.

  10. perplexed

    BFP is a wonderful legacy to leave

  11. Breadfruit

    R.I.P. Marcus, & thank you for all you’ve done. Condolences to family & friends.

  12. St George's Dragon

    So sad. I knew something was wrong as things had gone so quiet. I hope it not too early to say this but the rest of you need to keep BFP going.

  13. Sorry to hear of your lost. Please accept condolences from the BU household.

  14. That should be ‘loss’.

  15. Friend

    Will the band stay together or break up? I saw J’s little brother filling in on lead guitar before Christmas and he was not bad. Maybe he can grow into it? You guys should try to stay together.

  16. Friend

    should have said “You guys should try to stay together musically too as well as BFP”

  17. Yatinkiteasy

    A big loss to Democracy in Barbados. RIP brother.

  18. West Side Davie

    Sorry for Marcus’ wife and sons. Marcus was the one who started the political blogging movement in Barbados. I hope the rest of the BFP people will work to keep BFP going.

  19. I am so sorry, I think of Shona and their babes – my Dad would have been 81 on Tues 11th, some eerie parallel? It is not a milestone most would treasure. Robert, Kurt Nevermind, Auntie Moses & George are also in our thoughts of Grape Hall’s famous crew…

  20. Anonymous

    I wish there was something that I could say to ease your pain,
    The legacy he will leave behind in BFP hopefully will remain,
    Gone but never forgotten
    Thank you for giving us all a voice

  21. My sincere condolences to his family and to you, his friends. I do check your blog daily and I felt something was wrong because of the absence of posts. You do a great job and I hope you will continue. Cyber hugs.

  22. Sunshine Sunny Shine

    Rest in peace and enjoy shine that is to be yours in the Lord

  23. LOOK

    Sad news about Marcus James.

    The Barbados Free Press in my view had/has committed itself to feeding readers what they need to know and must know, any and everything concerning Barbados – good, bad and ugly. The Barbados Free Press, on several occasion created blogs utilizing my actual postings – some good, some bad and some ugly. I enjoyed both, reading the blogs and contributing as a writer.

  24. Jdid

    my deepest condolences to the BFP crew.

  25. Rastaman

    Sorry to hear.May he rest in peace

  26. Willie & Rib Bone

    We sorry to hear bout the loss of a founder and pass on our regards to all of the staff at BFP and Marcus’ famly. Me and Rib Bone have loved to be part of the BFP group and look forward to much more of your reporting.
    Well done! And welcome back.

  27. Anonymouse

    So terribly sad. Marcus had the balls to stand up to threats from Carter Ruck. I quite frankly couldn’t care less what happens there, but will greatly miss someone with, well, such massive balls. I truly hope BFP will continue to stand up for the rights of freedom of speech in the name of Marcus. He will be sorely missed.

  28. ac

    there is a thin line between life and death,, R I P

  29. sith

    A lasting legacy that provides a forum for important national and international discussion of items that are very relevant to Barbados.

  30. RLL

    Sorry to hear of the death of one of Bim’s foremost political activists. My condolences to Shona and the children.

  31. nmk

    Marcus will be missed. Condolences to his friends and family.

  32. Pieter Pieper

    May he rest in peace and may his good works…especially BFP…live on !Condolences to his family and friends.May the Almighty continue to protect you ! Stay strong !

  33. peltdownman

    When you suddenly went quiet, I was afraid that it was something like this. I’m so sorry. My condolences to you all at BFP.

  34. The Oracle

    Deepest condolences, keep up the good work.

  35. M. Zania New Jersey

    My mother was Bajan and followed BFP for many years. Thank you to BFP’s Marcus for giving her hope for her home country. I’ve been there a few times but the country is different from my mother’s stories and memories.

  36. Mr Coco

    May you rest in peace Marcus. Thank you for your contribution to social justice in the place we love. We lost one of the good guys.

  37. Carson C. Cadogan

    At least he lived long enough to see the Barbados Labour Party returned to the opposition benches!!!

  38. Lil Sis

    Crossroads, James. Crossroads. You were great!

  39. John


    Enjoyed the blog immensely and hope it grows from strength to strength

  40. 187

    My condolences to you on the passing of your friend and colleague, Marcus.

  41. Sankofa

    Sympathy, peace and blessings