Esther celebrates her birthday at Jewish Care’s Connect@Southgate

09 Jan 2020

Esther Lee celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends at Jewish Care’s Connect@ Centre in Southgate recently. Enjoying the musical entertainment and singing along before cutting the cake, mum of two, grandma to four and great-grandma to seven, Esther was joined by three generations of her family and has grandchildren ranging from the ages of 2 to 20. The whole family also enjoyed celebrating all together with a 100th birthday party for Esther.

Esther was born, Esther Fersht on Friday 15 November 1919, one of four children, she grew up in Stamford Hill where she and her late husband, Monty, met at school, when they were just five years old. Esther still has the school photo they were both in which was taken during their reception class. The two were inseparable since the age of 13 and Esther and Monty Lee were married during WWII, in 1940.

Monty and Esther spend the first part of their honeymoon in an air raid shelter before Monty went off to serve in Germany. After the war, Monty was a barber for a while and then had a menswear shop called Monty Lee where the couple both worked hard for many years, growing the business to six branches. David, Esther’s son says, “Mum was very good at sales and serving in the shop, always a good baker she enjoyed cooking for the family.”

Esther and Monty moved to Winchmore Hill and later to Enfield and began attending Jewish Care’s Connect@ Southgate 14 years ago every week. After Monty passed away, Esther has continued to enjoy coming along every Tuesday to meet other local people living independently, take part in activities and have a hot lunch.

Barry and Stephanie, Esther’s children say, “It’s not often you get to write a birthday card for a 100 year old Booba and Mum and she was really pleased with her card from The Queen. Mum especially loves the great grand-children, it’s a pleasure to celebrate with such an amazing lady and it’s been a lovely celebration here today.”

Esther’s granddaughter, who is also Esther, came along to the celebration with her son, xxx, she says, “It’s funny the way history repeats itself because grandma was Esther Fersht before she married and became Esther Lee and I was Esther Gee before I married my husband, Nick Lee. We also met at nursery just like my Grandma and Grandpa.”

Teresa O’Sullivan, who organised activities at Connect at Southgate, said, “All the members, staff and volunteers are so pleased to celebrate Esthers birthday with her and the family. Birthdays bring everybody together and it’s nice to celebrate the good times together. Having the Connect@ Centre for people to come to gives the members a sense of belonging and a place where they can enjoy entertainment and activities together.”