|Birth:||8 March 1920|
Cul-de-Sac, Sint Maarten
|Age:||101 years, 107 days|
Wilfred W. Hazel (born 8 March 1920) is a centenarian from Sint Maarten, an overseas territory of Netherlands.
Wilfred Hazel was born in Cul-de-Sac, Sint Maarten on 8 March 1920. His ancestors worked as slaves on this estate, back in the days. Hazel served in the army in his late teens. He was originally based in St. Maarten, but was subsequently transferred to Curacao and then Aruba. While in the army, he met and married his wife, Lucia Hodge, from Anguilla. From this union, eight children were born. While in Aruba, he finished his service, and began his civilian life.
Hazel worked for many years at Lago (the former oil refinery in Aruba). At Lago, he worked mainly at two departments: the Esso Club and the Commissary. The Commissary was a supermarket for Lago employees only. He worked at the Commissary until Lago ceased its operations. After Lago, he found employment at Kong Ming Supermarket, where he worked until his retirement. During his Kong Ming period, Hazel received a gift of a surprise trip to St. Maarten, to spend a three-week vacation. That first trip back was when his passion for his homeland revived. Every year he would return to St. Maarten on holidays, until he finally decided to return to his birth land for good. He built his home in Cul-de-Sac; the very same place where he was born and raised.
Wilfred Hazel currently lives in St. Martin’s Home in St. John’s Estate, Emilio Wilson Estate, Sint Maarten. He celebrated his 100th birthday on 8 March 2020. Wilfred Hazel is currently oldest known man from Sint Maarten.
- CENTENARIAN WILFRED HAZEL CREDITS LONGEVITY TO GUANA SOUP The Daily Herald, 12 March 2020