BARBADOS – Nation
Troy Small’s tragic death has left a void in his family – from his one-year-old daughter Trinyce, whom he collected from school, to his 18-year-old brother he employed at his business and his grandparents who raised him.
Small, 24, was Barbados’ third road fatality for the year.
He was the lone occupant of a motor car travelling along Oistins Road in the direction of Welches, Christ Church, when he lost control and collided with a guard wall around 2 a.m. yesterday. He died on the spot.
Small’s aunt Shirley-Ann Small, who was at the Rollins Road, Goodland, Christ Church home that Troy shared with his paternal grandparents, said: “He was a very good young man, positive and enterprising. He would do anything for anybody, especially his grandmother. She could send him from here to Halifax and back, he would go. He would pick up anything for her, take her to the supermarket and never complain.”
The former Parkinson Memorial School student was a medic and sergeant in the Cadets and was a reserve in the Barbados Defence Force.
Shirley-Ann said Troy’s death had impacted everyone, especially his grandparents, who “are not taking it very well”.
She also said Trinyce turned one on January 31 and it was unfortunate that she was going to grow up not knowing her dad as he was an integral part of her life.
In response to rumours that he had an asthma attack, Shirley-Ann said: “We are awaiting confirmation on that because apparently he was trying to get to the asthma bay at the hospital. They found his inhalers in the car, but it like it was severe, so he lost control of the vehicle”.
His 18-year-old brother Rachad Williams, whom he employed, has vowed to continue the car detailing and valet business Troy started about eight months ago.
Small had one brother and two sisters, and along with employing Williams he had two other young men from the district working with him.
“He was nice; he would always tell me to do this and that and would put pressure on me. When he see me doing something wrong he would tell me that I going wrong and I would tell he the same thing if he going wrong,” Williams said.