George Albert Elcock is Barbados’ newest centenarian.
Elcock joined the elite club today and to mark his birthday, he received a special visit from Governor-General Dame Sandra Mason who presented him with a birthday card and a bottle of non-alcoholic champagne.
Though he was unable to speak, Elcock was responsive to his son Keith Best and other family members who were on hand to celebrate the milestone at Supreme Comfort & Retirement Care in Bagatelle Terrace St James.
Best told reporters that in his young days, his father was a decorator and painter, “He had the ability to take different paints and make different colours; as a kid, he would make these kites with all the different patterns, and he was very gifted”.
Best, the only son of Elcock’s three children, described him as a strong man, very disciplined and very religious. He added that his father believed in the Lord and was an active church member for the past 30 years attending the Ephesus Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dalkeith near to their home.
Best noted that his dad has a very good appetite and often lamented that the food is not like before, “He stressed heavily on the quality of food, eating on time and taking his time to eat.” Best said.
Sandra Nicolas, one of the six granddaughters, also spoke at the short ceremony, saying that her granddad and grandmom were instrumental in her life and who she had turned out to be.
“He was married to his wife Elsine for 69 years before she passed away two years ago, just before he moved into the home… My memories of him are love and [being spoiled]. I’m not going to say whatever I wanted I got, but it was always with a kind heart,” she said.