Felix Husbands who was born on May 18, 1918 is the oldest former member of the Barbados Landship serving on the Cornwall and Queen Mary ships.
Sandra Hall gave remarks on behalf of the Hall family and described Uncle Felix, as he was affectionately called, as someone who had great mathematical skills and enjoyed cycling.
“As a child I remember him being gifted with Mathematics. He was able to carry out mathematical calculations and equations off the top of his head without recourse to pen, paper or calculator. Uncle Felix is a man of few words but what he says is often funny, observant or wise. He is also a man who lives in the present and does not let either the past or the present weigh him down,” Hall said.
The island’s latest centenarian was married to his late wife Gwen for over 60 years and they did not bear any children in their union. However, the family said that Uncle Felix assisted with raising all of them.
Captain of the Barbados Landship Vernon Watson expressed warm wishes to the centenarian, explaining his role in the Barbados Landship.
“Never before have I had a pleasure to meet a former member of the Landship [who is celebrating] 100 years. Felix was a member of the BS Queen Mary and the BS Cornwall. These three ships were what we called flagships. Felix was also a MP, military of police, in the movement,” Watson said.
Also taking part in today’s celebration was Governor General Dame Sandra Mason who praised the centenarian for his selflessness.
“We need to get our young people to understand that persons like Felix, who have reached this ripe old age of 100, have done it selflessly. They are the ones whom we have to thank for Barbados being in the state that it is in,” she said.
Dame Sandra also said it was “a little unfortunate” that the Landship had limited visibility nationally.
“These are the sort of things that need to get going in Barbados,” she said.
Dame Sandra presented Felix with a birthday card from Queen Elizabeth II, as well as a fruit basket.
The centenarian was also treated to presentations by The Landship and singer Jamal Slocombe. (LG)