Country’s oldest citizen, 105, passes away


Antigua and Barbuda’s oldest citizen has died. 105 year-old Raymond Hughes died yesterday morning at the Infectious Disease Center (IDC) after ailing for a period.


While health officials are yet to confirm any additional COVID-19 deaths, reports are the Seaview Farm resident fell ill after the Christmas holidays and was subsequently hospitalised at the IDC.


Mr. Hughes, who was born on 14th June, 1916, became the country’s oldest living citizen following the death of 107 year-old Hyacinth Mottley on 5th July, 2021.


He worked at the Antigua Sugar Factory and was also a farmer.


In an interview in 2013, he revealed he traveled to Florida when he was in his thirties, and again in his fifties, to cut cane.


In 2020, the street on which he lived in Seaview Farm was renamed Raymond Hughes Drive in his honour.

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  1. Condolences to ALL on the passing over of Mr.Raymond Hughes after 105 years of excellence!
    “A people without knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
    Our Centenarians had few economic choices to earn a living: “washing, cleaning, working in the canefield and picking cotton.”
    “He worked at the Antigua Sugar Factory and was also a farmer……..he traveled to Florida……to cut cane.”
    Never forget our Centenarian laborers: “and as soon as they saw the manager or the overseer they jumped the fence and leave us there,” at the gate of the Antigua Sugar Factory, speech by Sir V.C.Bird Snr. an example of our economic limitation, constraint and restraint, deprivation and indoctrination by our colonizers for their economic wealth, power and social benefits.
    So, “What’s in your hand?” Smartphone, iPhone, Tablet, technological tools. Use them to research, study, learn STEM subjects, Caribbean history-consciousness-and business subjects. With that knowledge mixed with your Antiguan and Barbudan entrepreneurial spirit, talent and capability start businesses, create, innovate and build your business enterprises and get things done.

    HEALTH CRISIS, yesterday, today and tomorrow! It’s time for all of us to act to improve our health and strengthen our human immune system.
    The venerable Centenarian-members of Living Legends from life’s experiences in historical context, say to all of us, especially the youths, simply:
    Develop a Culture of Health. EAT BETTER and EXERCISE MORE so that we can all TAKE CONTROL OF OUR HEALTH and be better together.
    Plant, Eat and Trade-PET action! – fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
    Grow Herbs in the garden and use them.

    “The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and he that is wise will not abhor them.”
    “You are what you eat.”
    “Health is Wealth. Wealth is not Health.”


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