Three of the island’s centenarians were honoured by Sagicor General Insurance (SGI) at the Chatters Tea Room in Bagatelle, St. Thomas, in appreciation of their achievement of the 100-year milestone and their loyalty to the company over a significant part of this tremendous journey. The centenarians, Mrs Iona Barrow, Miss Inez Millar and Mrs Icilma Marsh, have held property and/or motor insurance with Sagicor for as much as three decades.
In his congratulatory toast to the ladies, SGI’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Hinkson noted, “I am really happy to be here sitting at a table with 302 years of experience. The lesson you can bestow to younger people is the importance of insurance and the peace of mind that it brings, so you can focus on your health and wellbeing. You are living testimonies to the [fact] that insurance is a critical part of a responsible and successful life.”
Fitzroy Smith, grandson of eldest honouree, 102-year-old Millar, noted that he was proud of his grandmother’s tenacity. He recalled that “she built her home solely from savings she earned through domestic work, rearing livestock, cottage industry and many other endeavours”. That home was later insured with Sagicor and to date remains protected by Sagicor’s Homeowners Policy.
Granddaughter of Barrow, Julia Coppin, said she counts her grandmother as a trusted friend and thanked Sagicor for hosting the event. She recognized Barrow as a hard worker who became a servant girl at the age of ten and later went on to raise 14 children, ten of whom are alive today.
Marsh, who still attends the gym four times per week, was the latest of the seniors to mark her 100 years, having reached the milestone on August 4. Barrow and Millar observed their birthdays on June 3 and June 20, respectively.
The honorees enjoyed afternoon tea and entertainment by musician Alex Cage with close family members and company officials and were each presented with a bouquet, a ‘birthday cake’ and a commemorative plaque.
A fourth honouree, Mrs Ruby Austin, born July 16, 1918, was unable to attend. (PR)