February 13, 2009
Beache marks 104th birthday

by Omesha Spence 13.FEB.09

Frederick Beache may just be the oldest man in the island as he celebrated 104 years of longevity on Monday, February 9, 2009.{{more}}

Frederick, originally from Greggs, celebrated his birthday with friends and family at his home in Campden Park. Celebrations included a short service headed by Dean Patrick McIntosh, of the St. George’s Cathedral, champagne and, of course, birthday cake.

Although he has vision and hearing problems, Beache’s memory was sharp as ever as he recounted his experiences to Searchlight. Beache, who grew up in Bequia, describes himself as a “Jack of all trades” who has done from basket making to farming, and claimed that he was one of the first persons that planted bananas in the island. He even remembered the date and year he got married – May 4th 1944, sixty-five years ago.

During the short service, Beache sang hymns, and recited scriptures, most of which, according to Dean McIntosh, he knew since he was a child. Beache also chatted with family and friends who affectionately referred to him as “Daddy.” Beache thanked God for sparing his life and thanked his friends and family for sharing the occasion with him.

Beache has five brothers and sisters, all of whom have passed away. He has seven children, 16 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.