Esmond Allcock has a big family. At 108 years old, making him the oldest man in Canada, Allcock has 17 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great-grandchildren. After all the life he’s seen brought into the world with help from his DNA, there’s finally one that shares his name.
Last January, one of Allcock’s 17 great-grandchildren, Jenna Lehne, gave birth to a son who she proudly named Esmond, finally giving her grandfather a namesake. A few months later, Allcock got to meet baby Esmond, with Lehne sharing the story via Love What Matters.
Lehne says she originally planned on giving her baby Esmond as a middle name. But after speaking with her grandmother (Allcock’s daughter), she changed her mind and decided to name him after her great-grandfather, with whom she has experienced many fond memories over the past 30 years.
“While I was learning to walk, I’d make him hold my hands and parade me around the room,” Lehne says of her great-grandfather. “All I had to do was crawl up to him and say, ‘Walk Walk,’ and away we’d go.”
When Lehne first took baby Esmond to see his great-great-grandfather, he was unsure which of his 65 grandchildren she was. But her story of learning to walk seemed to jog his memory. Of course, by then Allcock was already enamored with baby Esmond.
“He instantly held out his arms and held him the entire time,” shares Lehne. “As he held my son, he kissed his head and said over and over again, ‘You don’t know what this means to me. You don’t know what this means to me.'”
It was a touching moment for everyone involved. Fortunately, with social media, Allcock is able to keep tabs on all of his grandchildren, especially baby Esmond.
“He takes such joy in his family and his decedents. He’s met all of his great-great-grand-kids and he loves each and every one of them,” says Lehne. “He is always asking how his namesake is doing.”