Johnny Tranberg celebrates his 102nd birthday in Estate Nicholas, St. Croix, on April 17, 2018.

Editor’s Note: This is Part 1 of a three-part series on Johnny Tranberg, a native of St. Croix who died on Aug. 22, 2019, at the age of 103.

I got a text from a good friend that Mr. John Wilhem Tranberg had fallen asleep at the ripe age of 103. I paused for a moment of silence when I read the message. The last time I saw Johnny, as he was affectionately known, was April of last year as family and friends celebrated his 102nd birthday high up in the hills of Estate Nicholas.