Rockland County’s oldest might just be the oldest couple in the world will set to celebrate their birthdays this weekend in a very special way in the presence of a few well-wishers, family members and Marie Eveillard their daughter whom they live together.
This couple both have a combined age of a whopping 202 years which means a whole lot to themselves, families and the County at large because they have been part of the rich history of the County for a whole generation.
Duranord Veillard became 109 years in February while his cherished wife, Jeanne, became 105 inMay. Duranord and Jeanne have been married for almost a generation. It is has been 83 years since they both walked down the isle on November 1932 the same very month when Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president to say their marriage vows and little did they know that they would live this long.
Duranord was born on February 28, 1907 to a fisherman in St. Louis du Sud and was raised in Les Cayes in Southern Haiti and studied law and lived in Port-au-Prince.
This wonderful couple gave birth to five kids and later moved to the United States in 1968 with his family when Duranord lost his job as judge. He settled in Spring Valley.
Veillard worked as a lab technician at the Good Samaritan hospital for 10 years and was retired for the second time.
Duranord Veillard was dressed in matching crisping white guayabera with brown slacks and brown leather shoes and enjoyed the moments with his family as he cracked jokes and held the American flag then he began to sing songs he learnt in Cuba in the 1920s.
Duranord was so humorous because he could remember everything and he even offered a reporter a piece of the birthday cake which was frosted and crowned with the number 108 said by his son Vely Veillard who is 62 years old.
Jeanne Veillard sat next to Duranord Veillard wearing a white linen dress and a pair of pink slippers and they parted each other on the hand.
She was asked how she met her hubby.
I found him in the street she joked in French creole, making the room come alive which was full of family members as they all laughed at her response.
Even though Rockland County doesn’t have an official record of the oldest person, but the Veillard family believes thatDuranord and Jeanne are both the oldest married couple in the area. They have 12 grandchildren and 1 great grandchildren.
Veillard told the journal news that the secret behind the healthy and long life they experience is just God which he said in French creole. Even though Veillard would wake up by 5 am and do 5 to seven pushups and would take a cup of tea, oatmeal and fresh fruit for breakfast. Then for lunch and dinner would eat fish and fresh vegetables and will always sleep early and very often.
The couple are always indoors except to see the doctor neither walks without assistance. But both are looking forward to celebrate another landmark in their life.
Thank you very much veillard said to all well-wishers merci beaucoup.