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James Sisnett 110, receives well wishes from Minister of Family, Youth and Sports Dr. Esther Byer-Suckoo.

 
   

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James Sisnett – Oldest man in Barbados turns 110 today

2/22/2010

FOUR generations of the Sisnett family, friends and well-wishers came together yesterday to celebrate the life and legacy of their patriarch James Sisnett, who celebrates his 110th birthday today.

Recognised as the oldest man in Barbados and perhaps the Caribbean, Sisnett was showered with love from approximately 200 guests dressed resplendently in white at the Divi Southwinds Hotel. The event was held under the patronage of the Minister of Family, Youth and Sport Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo who acknowledged not only his wisdom and wit, but also his invaluable contribution to the church, the community and to Barbadian society as a whole.

The afternoon of celebration included a full entertainment package from the Ace Dance troupe, Shane Forrester as well as surprise performance from the Mighty Gabby, who thrilled the family with a song he penned 30 minutes before taking the stage. He also wowed the guests with a rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.

Granddaughter Marietta Carter-Narcisse mused that her grandfather had a memory of an elephant, an appetite of a truck driver and a wicked sense of humour. Other family members also marvelled at his remarkable memory, which spans decades of Barbadian history.

Sisnett, who once worked as an engineer, was married twice and had a total of 13 children and has 23 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Family from across the United and Canada came to join the celebrations. Hailing from St. George, Sisnett currently lives in the Ocean View Nursing home in Graeme Hall Park, Christ Church. (JH)

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