Barbados’ newest centenarian Gwendolyn Trotman was utterly delighted when acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves walked through the doors of her Oldbury Terrace, St Philip home today.
The still active and energetic senior was born and bred in Cave Hill, St Michael, an area that Sir Philip represented in his political heyday, so she was more than pleased to have him take part in her centenary celebration.
“I did not know I would live to see 100,” she told the acting head of state.
Known as Trot Pot, Trottie and Aunt Gwen to the members of her community, Trotman worked at the Welfare Department and Dacosta Mannings until her retirement at age 65. She also travelled quite a bit and lived for some time in neighbouring St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla, where she turned a hairdressing hobby into something of a career.
The senior who was decked out in red today for her milestone celebration, was also known as a “fussy” woman who always took pride in her appearance.
Up until her nineties, Trotman was a member of the Christ the King Anglican Church’s choir. And though she still loves to sing, her voice is now a shadow of what it once was.
Caregiver Suzette Neblett-Straughn also said while the centenarian had difficulty hearing and has been wearing a pacemaker for the past 12 years, she was still quite alert.
She also hailed her as a devoted foster mother to her and Mitchell Harrigan, the former commissioner of police in Anguilla.