Senior Citizens Honored at Luncheon

First lady Cecile deJongh, standing center, takes time to speak with senior citizens during a special luncheon celebration at the Battery on Thursday afternoon, May 24.


The senior citizens of St. John dressed to the nines and enjoyed a beautiful afternoon with friends at a Cruz Bay Battery luncheon in honor of Senior Citizens Month, which is celebrated each May.

The crowd of more than 40 seniors enjoyed live steel pan music, and performances by the Lockhart Quadrille Dancers.
A hearty lunch of fish, meat balls, rice and vegetables was served as the seniors relaxed and enjoyed socializing with friends.


St. John senior citizens are served lunch by the government’s staff.

First Lady Cecile deJongh honored the six senior citizens age 90 and above at the luncheon — Ernest Wells, age 98; Ella Hodge, age 95; James Boynes, age 94; Guy Benjamin, age 93; Mary Wiltshire, age 93; and Ina George, age 90.
Benjamin was happy to enjoy the beautiful weather and meet Governor John deJongh’s staff, he explained.

“It’s a beautiful day, and if it rains, we’ll be thankful because we need it; if it’s sunny, we’ll be thankful because we need that too,” said Benjamin. “I’m glad the governor’s staff is interested enough to come to St. John, and I wish him all the luck and goodwill.”

The luncheon provided a rare opportunity for senior citizens to enjoy time together, explained Jane Johannes.
“It’s nice for the seniors to sit down together once in a while,” she said.

There was a luncheon honoring senior citizens on each island in honor of Senior Citizens Month.