Posted on: November 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm
Last updated: September 25, 2017 at 8:04 pm

This couple that’s been married for over 80 years says they know the secret to a long and happy life. According to them, it’s a good and healthy relationship with God. Married in November 1932, the couple has been able to see a whole generation together and has witnessed many significant events, not to mention the coming and going of 13 presidents, including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Barack Obama.


Rockland County’s oldest

Duranord Veillard was born on February 28, 1907, in St Louis du Sud Haiti, making him a  hundred and nine years old. He tied the knot with his wife, Jeanne Veillard, in November 1932. Whether or not they are Rockland County New York’s oldest couple is up for debate, but family members attest that they simply must be.




The couple has seven children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren. So there is no shortage of people around them. In fact, they live with their daughter Marie.




Duranord starts every day with push-ups, a cup of tea, oatmeal and fresh fruit but he is adamant in saying that a long and healthy life is up to God. He also eats fresh fish and vegetables for lunch along with a couple of daytime naps.

The early days


Back when he was in Haiti Duranord studied law and lived in Port-au-Prince. Then in 1968 the couple decided to move to the United States, and he became a lab technician for ten years before retiring. When asked how she met her husband, Jeanne Veillard joked in Creole that she had met him in the street. And that must have been that because they’ve been married for a whole lifetime and are as much in love today as when they got married.

Even though they both need assistance to walk and are a little hard of hearing, they are still cracking jokes and singing songs they learned in Cuba in the 1920’s. They are a sight to be seen, and the longevity of their lives and their relationship is something to make the rest of us hopeful.

Daily mail. NY man celebrates 108th birthday with wife, 104, and says keys to long life are pushups, fresh fruit, cups of tea, daily naps and God Published: March 1, 2015. Accessed: November 24, 2016.

Health is Wealth of Heart. AMAZING! Husband 108 years, Wife Years 105, Celebrate 82 Years of Marriage Published: May 30, 2016. Accessed: November 24, 2016.

USA today. Husband, 108, wife, 105, celebrate 82 years married Published: February 27, 2015. Accessed: November 24, 2016.

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