Police in the Bahamas say 88-year-old Geoffrey Harding was found dead by a handyman in his home about noon last Thursday.

Stephen Dean with the Royal Bahamas Police Force says officers arrested a 43-year-old local man shortly after 11 p.m. on Saturday.

A relative who last saw Harding surrounded by loved ones at a Christmas reunion says Harding helped build the first medical clinic in Chetwynd.

Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols says Harding was well-respected and delivered many babies in the town before he left two decades ago to work in the Vancouver area.

Merlin says Harding spent much of his winters at a home in the Bahamas and returned to Chetwynd during the summer, where he was often seen relaxing by the lake.