Press Release:– The Division of Human Services is celebrating another centenarian. Mr. Victor Rosemond Smith celebrated his 100th birthday on Jan. 1.
Born in 1921, Mr. Smith is the last surviving child of a group of 10 siblings.
He was born and raised in Saltibus, Choiseul. Mr. Smith was a farmer who was very passionate about his cattle and gardening.
His family shares fond memories of him entertaining them with folk stories and playing the guitar on rainy days.
Mr. Smith has been a resident of the St. Lucy’s Home for the past 10 years.
He is the first centenarian at the institution.
Although bedridden and faint in speech, his jovial nature remains.
Victor Rosemond Smith is Saint Lucia’s latest centenarian.
Saint Lucia previously recognized centenarian Ms. Mary Myrna Lyra Michel, on Nov. 24.
Also known as Ma “Ti Boy”, Ms. Mary Michel was born in 1920.
She spent her formative years in Coin Lanse, Soufriere, moved to Belfond to live with her maternal aunt following the passing of her mother, and wed at the age of 27 to Mr. Pierre Joseph Michel also known as Edward Michel.
She bore 13 children, four of whom have since died.
She was a homemaker and would occasionally vend the excess fruit and vegetables which grew on her husband’s farm.
Today, she has challenges with both her vision and hearing, and is no longer ambulant, however, she still enjoys a good, adult conversation—”pawol grand mon”.
Headline photo caption: Victor Roemond Smith (Image courtesy Government Information Service)