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Haitian resident in Cuba dies at age 110
A Haitian resident in Cuba who witnessed the beginning of two centuries, Guillaume Sanon, passed away on Tuesday June 12 in the central province of Ciego de Avila at the age of 110.

Guillaume was born in Fort Marie, Jeremie, Haiti, on June 25, 1896, the twelfth child of farmers Temilio Sanon and Marie Jean.

In 1921, he came to work in the eastern province of Santiago de Cuba as a sugarcane cutter. He did out in Cuba when compulsory expatriation of Caribbean immigrants was enforced by local governments in the 1920's and 1930's.

He left a girlfriend in Haiti, Tedis, who gave birth to his first daughter Elianis Sanon, and later has a relation with Maria Varona. But it was at a party in Jatibonico in 1939 that he would meet his life-long partner, Joaquina Cruz Valel (Quindu).

Guillaume and Quindu started a family and settled in Ciego de Avila in 1944. Guillaume stopped working at the age of 96 and stayed in good physical condition until Quindu died on October 5, 2006, at the age of 91.

Only one other Haitian had lived longer than him, Benito Abogan Naziif, nicknamed Avion (Plane), who died on October 12, 2006, at the age of 126. Currently, several dozen Haitians over one hundred years old live in the island.

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