Butler’s –Nevis—Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Development, Mr. Keith Glasgow, on Thursday 8th October, contrasted the fact that William WILLIE Douglas of Butler’s Village was celebrating his 101st birthday, to a disciplined cricketer who continues to bat, even after completing his century.
He also noted that Douglas was a reservoir of knowledge and experience who has a lot of wisdom to be passed on to others.
Glasgow was the chairperson of a brief ceremony that was held at the home of the celebrant on the achievement of the significant milestone.
Mr. Glasgow also used the opportunity to remind all present of recent initiatives put in place by the NIA, specifically for the benefit of seniors. These include the subsidized utility bills and the free bus transportation programs.
He then presented Mr. Douglas with a plaque and fruit basket, complements of the NIA and City drugstore.
Included in those present at the birthday celebration were the celebrant’s first child, Sylvia Liburd and his last child, Pastor James Douglas, who both spoke to the contributions of their dad who was referred to as loving but firm father and one who fears God and taught them to do the same.
Pastor Douglas also challenged the other parishes on the island to ‘step up’ as the St.James’ Parish boasts of some of the longest living members of the Nevisian society. He also spoke about three ideals that he learnt from his dad:
1. A love for fish
2. A love for ground provisions
3. ‘Do not worry or you going to dead fast’
William Douglas when given the opportunity to speak, stated: “I thank you Lord to reach the stage of 101. God help me and God bless these people who are here to celebrate with me…. God bless.”
The ceremony concluded with the singing of the birthday song.