Recently deceased super-centenarian, James Sisnett was “a true patriot and hardworking gentleman, who lived a very productive and fulfilling existence that epitomized the true qualities of being Barbadian”.
So said Minister of Social Care, Constituency Empowerment and Community Development, Steven Blackett, as he remembered Sisnett, who passed away last week at 113. Following is the full statement.
“Up to recently, despite his advanced age, Mr. Sisnett was still very articulate, witty and a model senior citizen at the Ocean View Nursing Home where he was resident. I am reliably informed that he used to be the ‘bright spark’ at that institution.
“For close to 70 years, he would have made an invaluable contribution to the development of his community, his parish and the wider Barbadian society.
“He had been admired for decades, not only for his longevity, but for his hard work as a blacksmith and a sugar factory engineer, and particularly his commitment to his immediate and ‘extended’ family, as well as to his church. Indeed, in recent years, he had been “the toast of the town” every February as he reached another milestone; with those close to him reminiscing and marvelling at his wisdom, remarkable memory and great sense of humour.
“I am sure we will all miss James Sisnett, if for no other reason than for his selflessness, his legendary contribution and dedication to his community.
“To his grieving relatives, friends and family, I offer heartfelt condolences on behalf of my own family, and the Government and people of Barbados. May he rest in peace, and may light perpetual shine upon him.”
— Steve Blackett
Minister of Social Care