Oldest Jamaican honoured on Christmas Day

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Oldest Jamaican honoured on Christmas Day

Thursday, December 28, 2017

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MINISTER of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie honoured Jamaica's oldest person, Ida Troupe, on Christmas Day, which was also celebrated as her 117th birthday, at her home in West Kingston.

Troupe, a retired vendor who was born on December 25, 1900, was among the first group of individuals who moved into the 1963 housing development in Tivoli Gardens. She still resides in the community.

McKenzie, who is also Member of Parliament for Kingston Western, said he was elated to be honouring her, on behalf of the Government, on her birthday.

“Christmas Day had a very special meaning for me this year because of Ms Ida. She is an extraordinary person who has lived through so many events we only read about, including the 1907 earthquake, Hurricane Charlie of 1951, colonial government, and internal self-government,” the minister said.

“We lay claim to her not only as Jamaica's oldest living person, but, arguably, the world's oldest living person. I am very proud to name her among my constituents, and I look forward to the Guinness Book of World Records officials returning to Jamaica to visit her,” McKenzie added.

He also made note of Troupe now attaining the age of Jamaica's former oldest living person, the late Violet Moss-Brown from Duanvale, Trelawny, who was officially certified by the Guinness Book of World Records in July this year as the World's Oldest Living Person and Oldest Living Woman. She died on September 15.

Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia Grange was also present to celebrate with Troupe.

— JIS


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