Albert Scott, with his five children (in front L-R) Judith Geneau, Scott, and Sharon Carson. In back (L-R) are Virginia Meyer, Grant Scott, and Kathryn Dube.
“I’m enjoying life and I have good health, said Albert Scott, of Cornwall, who celebrated his 100th birthday on February 25.
Scott believes that the secret of his longevity is his faith.
“The good Lord above is looking after me,” he said. “I gave my heart to him when I was a teenager and I studied the word and it said, ‘If you follow Me, your Lord and Saviour, you’ll have a beautiful life and you’ll live long, and in your old age, you’ll have good health and enjoy life.’”
The father of four daughters and a son jokes that he has “hundreds of grandchildren” – in actual fact, there are 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, and 7 great, great grandchildren.
Originally from Hilliardton, Ontario, the centenarian move to Cornwall at the age of ten and has remained since.
His mother would be surprised to see that her son has made it to 100, he says, as he was sickly as a child. Now, he turns a century.
Scott worked at Yves Betty, a bed and mattress manufacturer, on the corner of 8th and Sydney, for a while before, a 35 year career at Courtaulds.
The outdoorsman throughout his live, Scott enjoyed hunting, fishing, and sports such as lacrosse, baseball and hockey
Although he’s see many inventions and the evolution of technology, Scott says that these have not been as positive or detrimental to society as people have been.
“It’s humanity. People that want to steal, cheat, and misuse. Individuals make the world and make society and if they get out of step then things go wrong.”
Married 63 years to Myrla, who passed away 13 years ago, Scott says that his secret to a long marriage was that he, simply put, “had a marvelous wife and she put up with me.”
Still living independently with the help of daily home visits, Scott likes to relax, read, watch TV, listen to the radio, and look out the window to see what’s going on. “In the good weather, I go for a walk.”
A reception was held for Mr. Scott on Saturday, at Bruyere’s, attended by many family and friends as well as Mayor Bob Kilger, MP Guy Lauzon and Marilyn McMahon from MPP Jim McDonell’s office.