Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Two celebrate reaching 100

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Two centenarians were feted this week. First was George Albert Elcock, who celebrated his milestone surrounded by family, friends and Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at the Supreme Comfort and Retirement Care, Bagatelle Terrace, St James, on Wednesday.

Elcock’s son Keith Best said his father lived a full and exciting life, which contributed to him reaching such a milestone.

“You don’t get 100 years like that. Hard work and punctuality definitely assisted him in living a long life. He always eats his meals on time. He always reminds me that the quality of the food today is not the quality of the food yesterday. So he would always want breadfruit and pig head soup. He takes his time to eat. He could be sitting down at the table for over 45 minutes eating,” he said.

Best also described his dad, who was a decorator, a painter and a real estate agent as a big disciplinarian and a devoted Christian, who worshipped at St Matthias Anglican Church before going over to the Seventh Day Adventists.

Elcock has two other daughters, four grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

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Centenarian Felix Husbands with close friend Jaslyn Hall. (Picture by Krystal Hoyte.)

Next up was Felix Husbands, and his celebration attracted over 70 people, including candidate for St Michael Central, Steve Blackett, and members of the Barbados Landship.

The event was held at his Kew Road, Tudor Bridge, St Michael home and he got a special visit from the Governor General, who brought him a bottle of non-alcoholic wine.

Jaslyn Hall, Husbands’ close family friend who makes his meals, said he suffered no illness, adding that he was only hard of hearing.

He has a structured daily routine, which involves drinking a red Juicy when he can. She said he spends most of his time in his garden.

Husbands, who was a road mender in his prime, was also a military police in the Landship and had no children.

When asked how it feels to have reached this milestone, he said that he felt great but in his mind he was half his age. (SB/DB)

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