By Gerald V. Paul
On Tuesday, the Bahamas Junkanoo Legends were at the Toronto Pearson official launch of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, without one of their members: Lavardo Anthon Burrows, who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident on July 22. He was 27.
Burrows died leaving behind the love of his life and best friend, his wife Christine (Angove) Burrows, who is expecting twins and is seven weeks into her pregnancy.
A set of babies’ ultrasound images graced the inside of her husband’s coffin as the Association of Bahamas in Canada band, in which Anton played drums, performed at the funeral on Wednesday.
Family and friends plan to wear a T-shirt bearing an image of Anthon at this year’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto parade on Saturday to remember him.
Just before 10 p.m. Monday, Burrows was on his way home on his motorbike from visiting a friend and sharing his excitement about becoming a father when he was struck by a Toyota Camry on McLaughlin Rd., near Bovaird Dr. He suffered fatal injuries and was later pronounced dead at Brampton Civic Hospital.
He and his wife met in the Bahamas in 2006, while Christine was on a vacation with her sister, Jane Angove. Burrows, a marine biologist, happened to be the boat captain for a week-long snorkelling tour Christine was on.
After two years of back-and-forth visits between Canada and the Caribbean, Burrows moved here in 2008. The two tied the knot the following year, and had been trying to become parents ever since.
Burrows is predeceased by his father Nimrod Burrows.
He will be sadly missed by his mother Brenda Burrows and numerous relatives and friends.
A memorial service celebrating Burrows life was held on Wednesday. Memorial donations to support the Burrows twins would be greatly appreciated.