From left: Gloria Jacquard, Elizabeth Boudreau, Sam Doucette and Monica Boudreau. Wedgeport native Sam Doucette turns 100 July 22. The three women chatting with him are his daughters.
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By Eric Bourque
Sam Doucette was asked what has helped him live so long.
The Wedgeport native – who hits the century mark July 22 – didn’t hesitate much when giving the answer. He has found that two keys to a long life are working hard and being able to laugh.
Now living in Lower Wedgeport with one of his daughters, Doucette said he always kept busy and that he also has done plenty of laughing.
His daughters can attest to their father’s strong work ethic and sense of humour.
“He’s a joker, a teaser,” said Monica Boudreau, one of Doucette’s four children. “They say laughter keeps you going.”
An event celebrating his birthday is planned for Sunday, July 20, at the Wedgeport legion hall at 2 p.m.
A lobster fisherman who went Irish mossing in the summer, Doucette retired 40 years ago, but he found good, productive ways to occupy his time in his retirement years.
For one thing, he picked up woodworking. Just about everyone in the family possesses something he created – maybe a bedroom set or bureau or table, something or other.
The last piece he did was a dresser/change table for his great-grandson Levy. That was five years or so ago, when Doucette was almost 95. (Doucette has 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren.)
He also was a gardener, an activity he was still involved in until he was about 97.
“One thing he always said is hard work will never kill you,” said Boudreau, one of three siblings who live close to one another in the Wedgeport area. They have a brother who lives in Kentville.
Their father is hard of hearing, but his mind is sharp and his sense of humour has endured. He smiled easily while posing for a picture with his daughters gathered around him.
Sam Doucette was the oldest of seven children. He and a younger sister, Neomise Cottreau, are the only two still living from those seven.
Born July 22, 1914 (six days before the start of the First World War) Doucette has seen more changes – electricity, paved roads, computers etc. – than most people ever will, his daughters say.
Now the oldest man in Wedgeport, he moved in with his daughter, Monica, in 1999. He lives in a section that was built onto her house.
Doucette’s wife died about a half-dozen years after that, in 2005.