100 not out!

Barbados’ newest centenarian Gwendolyn Trotman was utterly delighted when acting Governor General Sir Philip Greaves walked through the doors of her Oldbury Terrace, St Philip home today.

The still active and energetic senior was born and bred in Cave Hill, St Michael, an area that Sir Philip represented in his political heyday, so she was more than pleased to have him take part in her centenary celebration.

“I did not know I would live to see 100,” she told the acting head of state.

A special toast to this island’s latest centenarian.

Known as Trot Pot, Trottie and Aunt Gwen to the members of her community, Trotman worked at the Welfare Department and Dacosta Mannings until her retirement at age 65. She also travelled quite a bit and lived for some time in neighbouring St Kitts and Nevis and Anguilla, where she turned a hairdressing hobby into something of a career. 

The senior who was decked out in red today for her milestone celebration, was also known as a “fussy” woman who always took pride in her appearance.

Up until her nineties, Trotman was a member of the Christ the King Anglican Church’s choir. And though she still loves to sing, her voice is now a shadow of what it once was. 

Caregiver Suzette Neblett-Straughn also said while the centenarian had difficulty hearing and has been wearing a pacemaker for the past 12 years, she was still quite alert.

She also hailed her as a devoted foster mother to her and Mitchell Harrigan, the former commissioner of police in Anguilla. 

13 Responses to 100 not out!

  1. Elvis Howard
    Elvis Howard September 17, 2017 at 1:29 am


  2. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba September 17, 2017 at 1:47 am

    wishing u many many more b’days Gwenny

  3. Saga Boy September 17, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Congratulations Ms.Trotman. I wish you many more years of good Heath and happiness. We must be going something right in this country for us to be turning out centenarians almost every week.

    • Jennifer September 17, 2017 at 7:06 am

      These centenarians are the people who COOK and eat the breadfruit, yam, dashin, eddoes, cassava etc. There needs to be a study on this.

  4. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 17, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Happy birthday with God love and Blessings

  5. Wendy Odle-Harvey
    Wendy Odle-Harvey September 17, 2017 at 6:01 am

    Happy birthday,!!! What a milestones!!!!

  6. Verona Michael
    Verona Michael September 17, 2017 at 7:00 am

    Happy 100th birthday Mrs. Trotman!

  7. Rosemary Holder
    Rosemary Holder September 17, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Happy birthday “Trot pot” Congrats on reaching this milestone

  8. Karen Cox
    Karen Cox September 17, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Happy birthday

  9. Tappin Linda
    Tappin Linda September 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Just wonderful..Still full of life. Blessings.

  10. Pauline Hoyte
    Pauline Hoyte September 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    All of God’s richest blessings

  11. Grace Yarde
    Grace Yarde September 17, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Happy Birthday May you live to see many more

  12. Colleen E Harvey September 17, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Ms. Trotman and may you continue to have many, many more to come/


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