Still go­ing at 104

Spa­niard’s Bay man liv­ing in triple dig­its


In 2005, the av­er­age age at death for Cana­di­ans was 74.2 years. Ce­cil Green­land just fin­ished his 30th year liv­ing be­yond that thresh­old.

The na­tive of Co­ley’s Point, who now lives in Spa­niard’s Bay, cel­e­brated his 104th birth­day on Oct. 4 with fam­ily and friends at the home of his grand­daugh­ter, Jen­nifer Wil­son.

Born in 1906, Green­land was some­thing of a re­nais­sance man when it came to work. He started out as a fish­er­man, spend­ing time on the coast of Labrador, but even­tu­ally switched to car­pen­try and found work in the United States. He later re­turned to New­found­land and be­came a teacher, while also keep­ing his hands busy with car­pen­try work and some heavy equip­ment op­er­at­ing jobs.

Though he may have of­fi­cially re­tired in his mid-60s, Green­land never re­tired from life, ac­cord­ing to his daugh­ter, Linda Holmes.

“I don’t even know if he’s still re­tired yet, to tell you the truth,” she says with a laugh. “Ev­ery­day he’s out in the shack put­ter­ing around and mak­ing lit­tle things ... When he’s out there, he says he feels like he’s 50.”

Mar­ried three times, Green­land is the fa­ther of five chil­dren — his son Nor­man passed away last year. Be­yond that, he has 14 grand­chil­dren, over a dozen great-grand­chil­dren, and mul­ti­ple great-great-grand­chil­dren as well.

“He en­joys his life, and he just takes it one day at a time,” says Linda. “He lives his days to the fullest.”

Ce­cil Green­land was flanked by some of his great-great-grand­chil­dren — the fourth gen­er­a­tion of the Green­land clan — to help cel­e­brate his 104th birth­day on Oct. 4. Pic­tured with Green­land are, from the left, Isaac Wil­son, Har­ley Smith, and Noah Wil­son.

Ce­cil Green­land

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