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Hurricane Beryl destroys Ipswich man’s family home in Jamaica – NBC Boston
Hurricane Beryl destroys Ipswich man’s family home in Jamaica – NBC Boston

A Massachusetts man who grew up in Jamaica is determined to rebuild the home he shared with his late wife on the island after at least half of it was destroyed by Hurricane Beryl.

Croswell “Teddie” Cadogan was 27 years old when he and his wife Catherine Cadogan moved to Ipswich from Negril, Jamaica.

“It was my wife’s most prized possession,” Cadogan said of his childhood home. “And I haven’t been there since 2016, because that was the last time we were there.”

Catherine died of cancer in 2017. Cadogan was only able to bring himself to return in June when he visited his family.

“She’s one of the toughest women I’ve ever seen in my life. She never complained. She lied and we joked,” Cadogan said. “We went there, cleaned up the property and everything. It was very emotional, so I didn’t want to go there.”

By the weekend after he returned to Ipswich, the house had been at least 50% destroyed by the hurricane.

“It’s been through three or four hurricanes and nothing happened,” Cadogan said. “This one just did its final job, half of it anyway.”

Since communication with the island is down, Cadogan has not yet seen the damage himself. But he is determined to fix the problem.

“I don’t care what it is. If it’s a box, I’ll have to put something extra in there for her,” Cadogan said.

Cadogan’s friend Bill Sargent, a local author who writes about global warming and the housing problem, is now raising money to restore the house that meant so much to them.

“I’m sure we won’t raise as much as he needs, but it’s just to show our support,” Sargent said. “It’s a way to show our support for the island – it’s a very personal way.”

“I don’t know what could happen or what will happen, but time will tell, I think,” Cadogan said.

By Aurora