Cameron Hawkesworth recently joined the rare centenarians club when he turned 100 on November 17. He celebrated with his family, friends– and his favourite newspaper, the Newsday.
Despite not being as sprightly as before, “Uncle Cammie” managed to stick his specially-requested ponche de crème cake with his wife Yvonne. He also celebrated with a thanksgiving service at the San Fernando Methodist Church on Harris Promenade.
Born in Barbados, Uncle Cammie moved to Trinidad in the 1940s, settled in Gasparillo and spent most of his career working at the Pointe-a-Pierre refinery for Texaco. He married Yvonne in 1963. He loves swimming–although he hasn't gone in a while, but he still only bathes in cold water.
Uncle Cammie wasn't able to speak with Sunday Newsday, since he was resting, having just recently been discharged from hospital, but Yvonne said he enjoyed having his family around during his special day.
"It's wonderful being able to celebrate this. I didn't think we'd be together so long," she said.
Uncle Cammie had one special request, though, his family said. As a long-standing reader of Newsday, he hoped he could see himself in the news. So happy birthday, Uncle Cammie, and keep on reading!