Springer still going strong

. . . as he celebrates birthday number 101

At 101 years, Rupert Springer is still going strong.

And in commemoration of his birthday yesterday, the patriarch of the Springer family of Cave Hill Drive, St Lucy was treated by five of his eight children to a sumptuous lunch at the Brown Sugar Restaurant, Aquatic Gap, St Michael.

Rupert Springer

Based on the amount of food he had stacked up on his plate, it was evident that Springer still has a healthy appetite.

In fact, eating “regular ground food” was one of the reasons he gave today for his longevity.

Relatives say his only complaint is a bit of arthritis in his legs, which affects his mobility from time to time.

(From left) Norma Boyce, Coreen Chandler, Valery Springer, Kinch Springer, Colleen Springer, Angela Springer and Rev Clayton Springer prepare to celebrate Rupert Springer’s (center) birthday.

Today was however not one of those days when his legs would fail him, as Springer walked unaided from the car park to the dining room, which were about 100 metres apart.

The senior Barbadian is also blessed with good eyesight and hearing and was able to respond to Barbados TODAY’s questions without any prompting from his five children who sat around him at the table. Missing were his two children who reside overseas and one who was reportedly ill.

In their absence, Springer proved that his memory was still quite sharp. In fact, it was so good that he was able to say that he was born in 1916 and that he had turned 101-years-old today.

Springer also recalled growing up in the country, in an area they called ‘Graveyard’, but which for him was one of the most peaceful places anyone could spend their boyhood days.

And though he did not attend secondary school, Springer, who started out at St Clement’s Elementary Boys School and continued up to Third Standard, developed an appreciation from very early for the value of hard work.

“I was a mason, and a carpenter but my main source of income came from well digging. I worked on cane trucks, worked in agriculture, raised cows and pigs, because I was the father of eight children. Later in life I drove a van and kept a shop to get along,” the retired tradesman recalled.

From early in life Springer also had a strong appreciation for God, but it was not until 1970 when he joined the New Testament Church of God and became a full fledged Christian.

“I know the evil and the good life. Day by day, I read Psalm 23,” he said, before confessing that, “I did not expect to live this long and enjoy relatively good health.”

nevilleclarke@barbadostoday.bb

20 Responses to Springer still going strong

  1. Monica Kellman
    Monica Kellman March 9, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Well done Daddy Springer

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  2. Karen Griffith
    Karen Griffith March 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Amen

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  3. Edwena Headley
    Edwena Headley March 9, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    God bless you.

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  4. Alana B March 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr. Springer! Blessings to you Sir.

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  5. Anne Ince
    Anne Ince March 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Peace and blessings…

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  6. Sanky March 9, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Congratulations Daddy Springer. Looking forward to 102.

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  7. Koko Skinner
    Koko Skinner March 9, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Blessings To You Mr Springer. You Are One Of Our NATION BUILDERS, God Continuous Blessings Be Upon You.

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  8. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed March 9, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    Congrats sir

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  9. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 9, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Praise the Lord! Happy 101 Birthday!

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  10. Pbdos Ciana Price
    Pbdos Ciana Price March 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Continued blessings to you sir

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  11. Mary Layne March 9, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Have a great birthday.

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  12. Donild Trimp March 9, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    Guy really looks good for 101 years old.

    Happy birthday sir.

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  13. Yvette Carless
    Yvette Carless March 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    God bless Mr Springer.

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  14. cynthia wilson March 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    Happy belated birthday greetings to you from the Small family.May the good Lord bless and keep you for many more

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  15. Julie Willoughby
    Julie Willoughby March 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    Happy Birthday Mr Springer

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  16. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave March 9, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    To God be the glory

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  17. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock March 9, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    Congrats sir!

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  18. Margaret Ross-Salavarria March 10, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Happy birthday and many, many more. God is always good. Love to hear these stories. God bless and keep you safe.

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  19. Beulah Foster March 10, 2017 at 7:36 pm

    Happy bday boss…..101 not out.Continuous longevity by the grace of God.

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  20. Cavil Best March 11, 2017 at 1:57 am

    Still looking good Happy 101th Birthday Mr.Springer!

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