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Merle O’Hara

Merle Millicent O'Hara is a Jamaican-born Canadian supercentenarian who is possibly one of the oldest living Jamaican-born people in the world.


O’Hara was born Merle Millicent Romney in Kingston, Jamaica, on 20 February 1912, to parents Ernest and Eva Romney.

At some point in her life, she got married and had one daughter, Bridget. She worked at a law firm and at one point she lived on a farm.

On one occasion, she served tea to Queen Elizabeth II and then-Prince Philip at a resort during their visit to Jamaica. When her only daughter got married and moved to Canada, Merle and her husband followed her. She survived a stroke, but lost vision in her left eye. Among her hobbies were playing field hockey, bridge, and croquet. Her husband died in 1980.

O’Hara currently lived with her daughter at the Haro Park Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

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Her age was verified by Stefan Maglov, and validated by LongeviQuest on 16 January 2023.