Barbados’ latest centenarian George Hamilton Alleyne sees himself as a product of living God’s way, as per the written instructions of the Holy Bible.
With hands in the air, Alleyne testified this morning before Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave’s aide-de-camp Captain Carlos Lovell, family, friends and Barbados TODAY: “My God is the reason I am here today.”
And as he celebrated his 100th birthday, at his son’s 83 Arawak Road, Chancery Lane, Christ Church home, Alleyne had some advice for those who wanted to reach his milestone: live right in the sight of God and man, and God will do the rest.
“I feel happy that the great and almighty God has helped me to reach this milestone in life, and may I keep trusting in him until I depart this world!
“I get here by God’s help, and I am happy that others come and see, and that I can understand them and that they can understand me. Thank you, gracious God, for helping me to see 100 years,” said the former mason.
Alleyne explained that his days of living in God’s sight came into full swing when he became a member of the St Patrick’s Anglican Church “many, many years ago”. He said to him church was everything, and he showed it through being consistent with the choir and other aspects of the church.
“I got my living from The Bible. God is the way; and when you ask God to help you with anything, he would help you. He is caring, helpful and [allows] you to help someone too.”
The father of eight, who has 35 grandchildren and 49 great-grands, said he had applied his Christian morals and values to his working life as he worked diligently to financially support his charges.
“I worked for my children until I couldn’t work no more, thank God. I learned the mason trade, but I did anything apart from stealing. Trust in God, and God will see you through,” he advised.
His daughter Monica Green, who has been his caretaker for the past 21 years, described her father as a strict disciplinarian who meant every word he said and insisted that every order he passed to his children be carried out.
“His memory is good. He is intelligent. He is smart . . . ,” she said.
His feet are not as active as his mind, but, according to Green, her father strives to maintain an admirable level of independence.
“He gets off of the bed, [gets into] the wheelchair, wheels it out, goes to the table, has his breakfast and has his dinner, wheels it back in and gets back on the bed,” said Alleyne’s fifth child.
“He would sit and listen to Down To Brass Tacks, and if he don’t agree with a point he would say, ‘Why wunna don’t shut wunna mouth and let somebody else speak?’. He is sharp. And, he is always talking about God.”
Green was not exaggerating; her dad proudly admitted it during his testimony.
“I does sit down and talk with whoever come around me, and I speak to them about how I lived my life.
“Every time you come around me it must be on God’s side, because he is the keeper of us all,” the centenarian said.