Finally, some good news: NY couple, wed 82 years, celebrates husband’s 108th birthday

Finally, some good news: NY couple, wed 82 years, celebrates husband’s 108th birthday

[Ed. – Awww.  I’m a sucker for these.]

A husband and wife thought to be Rockland County’s oldest married couple will celebrate their birthdays this weekend — with a combined age of 212.

Duranord Veillard will turn 108 on Saturday while his wife of 82 years, Jeanne, turns 105 in May. …

The son of a fisherman, Duranord Veillard was born Feb. 28, 1907, in St. Louis du Sud and grew up in Les Cayes in southern Haiti.

The couple tied the knot in November 1932…

Duranord and Jeanne Veillard raised five children. They moved to the United States in 1968…[and]…[s]ettled in Spring Valley. …

On Thursday, wearing crisp white guayabera, brown slacks and brown leather shoes, Duranord Veillard basked in the attention of his family.

Nearly blind and hard of hearing, and swallowed up by his easy chair, Veillard spoke loudly and at length in French Creole — cracking jokes, asking for his American flag and serenading the room with a song he picked up in Cuba in the 1920s. …

Jeanne Veillard sat quietly next to her husband, wearing a white linen dress and a pair of pink slippers. They patted each other on the hand. How did the happy couple meet?

“I found him in the street,” she joked in French Creole, making the room full of relatives laugh. …

They have 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Veillard also let The Journal News in on his secret for living a long and healthy life: “That’s God,” he said in French Creole.

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