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May 1, 2015

BORN MAY 1, 191

It is with great honor we congratulate our Godfather Mr. Samuel George Macfoy as he celebrates his 105th birthday in New Jersey on May 1, 2015.  We take this opportunity to pay tribute to “Pa”  Macfoy for the exemplary life with which God has bountifully blessed him.  Not only are centenarians a living link to our history, they are valued members of our families and communities.

The hallmark of excellence that defined his life for 105 years truly evokes a magnificent longevity of service to others in his role as a devout Christian, father, husband, and civil servant.

Pa Macfoy was born in Sinoe, to immigrant parents from Sierra Leone.  His mother lived to be 100 years old.  He was very active in Trinity Cathedral’s choir and a member of the vestry.  Pa Macfoy was a former Past Master Mason of St. John’s Lodge.  During his career as a professional accountant he served with distinction as Assistant Minister for Finance in the Department of Justice in Monrovia.  Following the April 1980 Coup, he was imprisoned with several members of the Tolbert administration.  With courage and determination, Pa Macfoy survived prison and beatings.  His captors broke his left hip, but they could break neither his trust nor faith in the Lord to see him through those difficult days.

During the 1990’s he relocated to the United States with his darling and devoted wife Gladys Thomas Bright.  This loving couple continued to be an inspiration to their family, extended family and new friends in the United States.  The dedicated father of several children, he was passionate about mentoring and sponsored several of Liberia’s youth.  Both he and his wife never forgot a birthday or anniversery and asked little of others.  After 57 years of marriage, his beloved Gladys passed away in 2012, at the age of 97. 

Our honoree has touched the lives of generations and people from all walks of life through his genuine dedication to both their social, moral and spiritual enhancement.  In the sunset of his years Pa Macfoy enjoyed playing checkers and backgammon.  He also loves his palaver sauce and rice.  At his nursing home in New Jersey, he still sings his C.M.S. Grammar School Ode, holds conversations in Kru with visitors and speaks French with his nurse.

It would be difficult to list all the many ways he has graced our lives with his wit, and wisdom.  We treasure him, and ask you to join us in wishing Pa Macfoy a Happy and Blessed 105th Birthday.
Christian & Cherrine Smith