Wilfred Martin-Mills of St. Paul’s graciously accepted Queen Elizabeth II of England’s Accolade in acknowledgement of his attaining 100 years of age.

Minister Liburd presenting the Queen’s Accolade

The Queen’s Accolade was officially presented by Minister responsible for Social Development Honourable Marcella Liburd.

“I want to personally wish you all the very best,” Minister Liburd stated. “You have joined the elite group of centenarians. Not very many are in that category, so we need a few tips from you on how to get there. So maybe you can help us reach this milestone that you have reached in your life. I know you had your official celebrations already, but we are here today to bring an accolade from Queen Elizabeth II – which she does for all centenarians.”

Centenarian Mills graciously accepted the commendation.

Minister Liburd along with Community and Social Development Staff and Mr. Mills’ Family

Thank you and I glad to see all ah you,” Mr. Mills remarked.

Surrounded by family and friends at his 100th Birthday Celebration at the St. Paul’s Community Centre, Mr. Mills who is very much alert, told those gathered some of his life experiences. He told tales of leaving school at an early age in order to help his mother look after his younger siblings. Mr. Mills described working in the sugar industry under Arthur Davis, for nine pence a day as well as looking after cattle, pigs and goats. It was noted that he had to be encouraged to retire from his agricultural pursuits when he was already in his 90s.

The centenarian thoroughly enjoyed the company of family and friends living locally as well as those who had travelled from abroad. He was described by those gathered as being wise and kind-hearted, his favourite saying being “calm words turn away wrath.”

Centenarian Mills and his grandson share the couch

Azilla Clarke, Director of Community and Social Development attended last Saturday’s celebration and presented Mr. Mills a bouquet on behalf of her department. She commended him on his longevity and thanked him for the contribution he made to national development. Mr. Mills fathered six children, five of whom are still living. He has 50 grandchildren, 70 great grandchildren and eight great, great, grandchildren.

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