100 not out: Reverend Claude Cadogan - Stalwart of Caribbean Methodism hailed on his centenary
He stood at the lectern of the historic Coke Methodist Church, East Parade, downtown Kingston, last Sunday, with the aid of two members of the Boys' Brigade, to express his gratitude for an outpouring of love and appreciation in word and song from family, ministerial colleagues, and congregants.
His gait has slowed considerably. The thundering voice of authority was not as firm as in times past, but just one week shy of his 100th birthday, the Reverend Claude Langton Cadogan spoke with a familiar clarity and focus in a recognisably still, well-modulated diction.
service of celebration
The occasion was a service of celebration of his life and thanksgiving for his100th birthday, his more than 75 years of service to the Church in general and Caribbean Methodism in particular, and the launch of the Claude Cadogan Methodist Museum on the premises of the Coke Memorial Chapel.
Humorous anecdotes and references to his commanding presence, exacting demands for high standards in all things, humility and personal acts of kindness were the hallmarks of the main tributes from son, Dr Paul Cadogan, the president of the Jamaica District; the Reverend Everald Galbraith, the Connexional president of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas (MCCA); the Reverend Otto O. Wade; and Sydney England, president of the Jamaica Boys' Brigade.
Today, May 10, 'Uncle Claude' as he is affectionately called, marks his 100th birthday, and his wife of 70 years, Lola, will celebrate her 89th tomorrow, May 11.