Lionel Toppin

TOPPIN- LIONEL JOSEPH, aged 76, of Lio’s Den, Homestead, Spooner’s Hill, St Michael, entered peacefully into rest on Friday, April 24, 2020 after a brief illness. Son of the late Lionel Sarsfield and Rita Martha Toppin. Father of Danielle Toppin and Adanna Brathwaite (USA). Father-in-law of Kwesi Brathwaite (USA). Grandfather of Osunsade (Sade) Simon, Akil, Kayin and Kamari Brathwaite (USA). Brother of Patrick (Betty), Andy (Wendy) Toppin, Lelia Lord and the late Andrea Quinton. Uncle of Jason, Rochelle, Graham, Tamara, Philip, Peter and Andrea Toppin, Kathy Cezont, Delamiko Bey, Justin Quinton, Machi Humphrey and the late Jomo Lord. Cousin of Carl Hunte (Canada), Desseta and Judy Marsie-Hazen (USA), Stanley Johnson (Washington), Gerry Johnson (Jamaica), Marjorie Simmons (Jamaica) and the late Ben Johnson (Italy). Relative of the Johnson, Hunte, Jennings, and Simmons families. Friend of Marina Dumas-Toppin, Emeril and Ricardo Blackman, Barry and Jane Fleming (UK), Michael Yearwood, Stephen Alleyne, Peter Gilkes, Carlos Belgrave, Guy Kirton, Romona Kissoon, the Haynes family (Woodbrook, Trinidad), the Belgrave family (Barbados), the loyal patrons of “Lio’s Den” and many, many more.

A private service for the late Lionel Joseph Toppin will be held on Monday, May 04, 2020.

The live stream for the service can be found here.


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Richard Bird Richard Bird wrote on June 22, 2020 at 11:40 am
My sincere condolences to Lionels family and friends. I had the pleasure and privilege of serving with Lionel in the British Army in the mid 60’s. Over the years he has often been in my thoughts. A true gentleman and staunch comrade and friend. God bless.
Lynette Mandeville Lynette Mandeville wrote on May 4, 2020 at 10:04 am
Condolences to all the Topin family from Lynette and Roland Mandeville.
We will miss visiting with Lio and will cherish the many years of friendship.
May he rest in peace
Leonora and Simeon Benjamin Leonora and Simeon Benjamin wrote on May 3, 2020 at 6:45 pm
Our heartfelt sympathy to Lio's entire family. Our friendship with Lio is inextricably woven into the tapestry of our lives; a friendship which has spanned 58+ years. We will always hold fond memories of him and the times we spent together. May choirs of angels lead him into Paradise, and may he rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory. We shall meet again on that great gettin' up morning.
Carl Hunte Carl Hunte wrote on May 3, 2020 at 4:22 pm
It is fitting that as we mourn the passing of my much loved cousin Lionel Toppin "Lio" that we also give thanks for the time and presence he shared with us in our mortal presence. Lio was not only a part of my strong family roots but a strong branch of the family tree as well. He will be remembered for his loyalty to both family and friends. His strong will and sense of humour were hallmarks of his personality. On my visits to Barbados, it was always priority one for me to visit ''Homestead", where I would converse and commiserate with him and his Mom, my dear Aunt Rita, recently deceased and meet other family members and friends, who would come by. In his early years of adulthood, when others were trying to figure out what to do with their lives, Lio took the bold step of signing up with the British Armed forces and immigrated to the UK; where he served in the British Army as a sapper (member of the Engineering Corps) for seven years. Many of the skills he acquired there were put to good use when he returned to Barbados, and engaged himself in the home renovation business as a contractor. In more recent years seeking something that was less physically taxing and more predictable, he opened and operated his Bistro, appropriately calked "Lio's Den", where he developed a loyal following of customers and friendships along the way. A go to place for informal dining and tasty meals. Lio was not just a cousin to me but my Big brother as well. In the final chapter of his life, I am aware that he showed strength, fortitude and grit with his pain and difficulties. We wish you eternal rest where you will rejoice with the angels and our other family members who passed on before you. Your family and friends will miss you dearly, particularly your brother and closest friend Patrick. Rest in Peace dear brother. May God grant you peace and rest for all eternity.
Leonora and Simeon Benjamin Leonora and Simeon Benjamin wrote on May 1, 2020 at 9:55 pm
Our heartfelt sympathy to Lio's entire family. Our friendship with Lio is inextricably woven into the tapestry of our lives. We have so many wonderful memories that span almost 60+ years. Go with God dear friend. May the choirs of angels sing you into Paradise, and may you rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.
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