A MEADOWBROOK, Georgetown family has been plunged into deep mourning, following the deaths of a father and son five days apart, under entirely different circumstances.
They were both buried on Wednesday, alongside each other in Le Repentir Cemetery.
The death of former Calypso Monarch Lloyd Daniel Charles, 81, also called ‘Smasher’ on February 15, at the height of Mashramani festivities, came as a surprise to many, particularly the calypso fraternity.
But five days later, on February 20, the sudden demise of his son, Aubrey Dennis Charles, 52, resulted in deeper anguish for the family and friends.
Octogenarian Mighty Smasher died on Saturday, February 15, after a period of illness. His son Aubrey, who was enjoying good health, was helping with preparations for his father’s wake and burial among other things.
Surprisingly, on the night of Thursday, February 20 as the wake was in progress, Aubrey who was probably feeling tired, asked to be excused, telling relatives that he was going to take a nap and would be back later.
However, little did they know that it would have been the last time they were seeing him alive.
Aubrey got into bed and fell asleep but failed to wake up again. After his relatives did not see him return, they went in search of him and tried to rouse him, only to discover that it was his lifeless body lying in bed.
An alarm was sounded and relatives rushing into the bedroom became hysterical. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead. His relatives became inconsolable.
On Wednesday, a double but moving funeral service was held at Sandy’s Funeral Home, Lot 1 Chapel Street, in Lodge, for the father and son.
The officiating pastor was none other than former calypsonian Lurlene James, formerly known as ‘Singing Lurlene’.
Her daughter Jennifer was among persons paying tributes. Both eulogies were read by the daughter of the elder Charles, Orgo Reid.
The funeral service began with a moving but well coordinated and lusty singing of ‘Smasher’s favourite song ‘I did it my Way’ by all present. That was in keeping with a request by his children and grandchildren in the United States .
The elder Charles was married and was the father of nine children, while Aubrey Dennis (Jnr) fathered four, now among others left to mourn their untimely passing.