Vincent Smith celebrates 90 years
The auditorium at Spalding High School in Clarendon was packed on Saturday, January 24, as more than 70 specially invited guests, headed by Member of Parliament Richard Azan and family members of retired Public Works Department (PWD, now National Works Agency) employee Vincent 'Maas Vin' Smith joined him to celebrate his 90th birthday.
Born on January 28, 1925, the nonagenarian, who despite his age, was all smiles as he was showered with tributes by friends and family as he sat beside his charming wife, Gloria, at the head table.
Dr Sheryl Lewin-Gardner, Smith's niece said the occasion was a wonderful one because those who were present were there while her only living uncle could see and hear all that was being said about him.
"My uncle was a very humorous, dedicated and respected husband and father. He was a very careful driver of the PWD sprinkler for several years," said Lewin-Gardner, who added that he was a man of quiet disposition and is well loved.
Smith's grandchildren, who also paid tribute to him, described him as one of the greatest grandfathers. His jokes and his wonderful smile they said they will always cherish.
Ronald Brooks, who worked with Smith for several years at the PWD, wished him all the best on the important milestone reached. Brooks described his old friend as one who worked with pride as he served the PWD's office in Spaldings Clarendon.
"Maas Vin was an easy worker to get along with. I knew him from the 1970s. He has always been a kind individual. When I was about to get married in 1975, it was he who lent me a sum of money to assist with my wedding," said Brooks.
Vincent was serenaded by Gospel singer Clive Warren with 'Wind Beneath My Wings'.
Smith was also showered with praise by MC Marlene Murray. She described him as a wonderful community man who was a stalwart as he served the various communities as a water truck driver.