Did you know this? I certainly did not, so I had to investigate. After all, if there is a Fountain of Youth on this island, I need to know about it.
His name is James Emmanuel Sisnett, and he is currently the world's second oldest verified living man.
He was born on February 22, 1900, which makes him 112 years old. Wow, 112 years old!! That is an incredible feat in my book.
He was born the youngest, and the only boy to his parents.
According to Wikipedia, " He is the only living male super centenarian who was verifiably born in 1900."
A super centenarian is defined as someone who has achieved the age of 110 or over.
After leaving school, he was trained as a blacksmith, and later worked at Kendal Sugar Factory making sugar and syrup until his retirement in 1970 as Chief Factory Engineer.
My mind is captivated, I would love to have a chat with Mr. Sisnett......he would be a wealth of knowledge, having worked in the height of the sugar industry....can you imagine the stories he would have to tell?
From two marriages he produced eleven children, that in itself is an achievement in my opinion.
He is affectionately known as "Uncle Doc".
Mr. Sisnett has been blessed with good health, since he has never been a patient in any hospital at any time.
Good health means a blood pressure like that of a young man (120/70), and according to his granddaughter, he not only possesses the memory of an elephant, and the appetite of a truck driver, but a wicked sense of humour as well.
His super centenarian rank has attracted the California-based research company Acron Cell Biotech Company, who visited Barbados to collect blood samples from all family members, hoping to find answers to his and his siblings long life.
Mr. Sisnett had two sisters who both lived to be over 100 years old, and two other sisters who died at 99 years and 98 years old.
James Emmanuel Sisnett
The oldest Barbadian ever
In the meanwhile, I'll be searching for that Fountain of Youth on the island....it has to be here somewhere.
The record of the oldest living man is held by Japan's Jiroemon Kimura who is 114 years old.
Photos are not my own. Borrowed from NationNewsBarbados online and WikiWorldBook.com.