Winston Catline is newest centenarian
Barbados welcomed its 103rd centenarian of the year today, as Winston Catline celebrated his milestone surrounded by family, friends, and a special guest, Governor General Sir Elliot Belgrave.
The last surviving child of his parents, the former British postal worker expressed thanks to those present but said he regretted that he was unable to see the day’s celebrations as he had lost his sight.
Step-Daughter Beverley Catline and nephew Elton Catline mentioned that while Winston “cannot hear or see well…he has a good memory”.
“Sharp like a pin” added Elton.
Catline was described as independent and active by his family, with nephew Elton recalling that before his blindness “he was quite a good handyman” who would take on a number of DIY projects around the house, including building a guard wall.
“He likes to do things himself and I dare to say that if he had his eyesight he’d be out here moving around” said Elton.
Despite the challenges with his hearing and sight, Catline is said to be in good health.
“He doesn’t have any health issues at all, in fact the doctor visited him last month, his blood pressure is good his heart is good so (we) still might have a few more years with him,” noted Elton.