Leon Derrick Thomas, a supercentenarian Saint Lucian, passed away peacefully in his sleep between Monday evening and Tuesday morning in Suriname.
Thomas was born in Castries on June 11, 1911.
He left Saint Lucia in the 1940’s in search of a better opportunity in French Guiana and later moved to Suriname, where he settled and started a new family.
One of his daughter’s, Phile ‘t Zand, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday: “He went to sleep last night and didn’t wake up. He died at home.”
Before moving to Suriname and French Guiana, Thomas had several children in Saint Lucia.
His second union also produced seven children; four girls and three boys. He was also grandfather to 14 and great grandchildren to 8.
Another daughter, Philomen Thomas, had told SNO that her father spoke about Saint Lucia very often.She said in a 2015 interview with SNO, “He lives in Suriname, but his heart is in Saint Lucia.”