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Wellesley Howell
Wellesley Howell
Howell on his 105th birthday
Birth: 8 January 1915
Chesterfield, St. Mary, Jamaica
Death: 22 July 2021
West Bay, Cayman Islands
Age: 106 years, 200 days
Country: JamaicaJAMCayman IslandsCAY

Wellesley Howell (7 January 1915 – 22 July 2021) was a Jamaican-born Caymanian centenarian who was the oldest known living person in the Cayman Islands at the time of his death.


Wellesley Howell who was born in Chesterfield, St Mary, Jamaica on 7 January 1915.

Wellesley Howell first came to Cayman from Jamaica in 1958, at the invitation of bandleader S. E. Nembhard, who had heard of Mr Howell’s prowess on the saxophone back in Jamaica. What started as a six-month gig turned into a lifetime and then some in Grand Cayman, with Mr Howell making a name for himself both as a musician and a shoemaker, designing and making custom shoes and slippers. In his early days he even made boots for police officers and leather straps for the schools. But he was never far from his sax, though his first musical instrument was a bamboo flute he made himself.

In April 1960, he briefly left Cayman Islands and got married to return with his new bride. He was married for 50 years until what his wife died in 2012.

At age 105, he is Cayman’s oldest man, and while he may have slowed down a bit over the years, he still comes to his shoe repair shop on Shedden Road every day, plays saxophone when he can, enjoys a weekly game of dominoes with his friends, and is quick to smile and share a laugh.[1]

Howell died in West Bay, Cayman Islands, at the age of 106 years, 200 days.[2][3]