Carlington Leroy St Clair Millar is Barbados’ latest centenarian.
Today, he was surrounded by family and friends at his #84 Glen Acres, St George home as they celebrated the milestone with him.
Millar, though quiet, smiled from ear to ear as he looked around the room at his guests. He was especially happy to have Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave visit on his special occasion.
Millar received glowing tributes from the surviving nine of his 11 children. They all had praised him as the best father ever.
Son Cleviston Haynes said: “We are all happy to be here to share with him on this special occasion. He has had a very fruitful life. He was a pioneer in much that he did. He brought much joy to his customers and employees . . . We wish Dad many more years as he goes forward in this journey, that he will continue to enjoy good health.”
One of his daughters, Lisa Millar-Cumberbatch, expressed gratitude for everything he had done for her and her siblings.
“Thank you for everything. We are all very proud of you. You have always been our hero. You have always provided for us. We never wanted for anything,” she said.
Another one of Millar’s daughters, Leighann Menz, added that he set a great example for his children.
“[He] taught us to always have integrity, always be honest and always work hard. From your example, we have learnt and we are very appreciative of that. I am pleased to be sharing this 100th birthday with my dad; excited and honoured to be spending this day with him. I could not have asked for a better father.”
The Governor General also praised Millar for a job well done.
“He must have worked hard. He survived a lot. It’s on the shoulders of people like him that Barbados was built. I take pleasure in visiting the centenarians who invite me to visit their homes. It’s not a milestone to take lightly and Mr Millar, I wish you well,” Sir Elliott said.