Bob Weighton: World's oldest documented man dies aged 112

Bob Weighton: World's oldest documented man dies aged 112

- Bob Weighton became the oldest man in February following the death of Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan, who was also 112

- He died peacefully in his sleep from cancer on 28 May

- He was born in Hull, East Yorkshire on 29 March, 1908 and celebrated his last birthday behind closed doors because of the Covid-19 lockdown

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The world's oldest man, Bob Weighton, has died from cancer at the age of 112, his family has confirmed.

The former teacher and engineer from Alton, Hampshire, took up the title of the oldest man in the world in February after the death of the previous holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan.

Confirming his death, Weighton's family said in a statement that he died peacefully in his sleep on Thursday, 28 May at his home.

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Bob Weighton: World's oldest man dies aged 112

The former teacher and engineer took up the title of the oldest man in the world in February 2020. Photo: BBC
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"He died peacefully in his sleep, from cancer his flat in Alton, Hampshire, where he lived independently. Bob was the oldest man in the world," it said.

According to the family, Weighton was an extraordinary man to the family, and not just because of the amazing age he reached.

"A role model to us all, he lived his life interested in and engaged with all kinds of people from across the world.
"He had many, many friendships and read and talked politics, theology, ecology and more right up until his death."

He was also eulogised as an environmentalist.

The second bedroom in his flat is said to have been a workshop, filled with furniture, windmills and puzzles he made and sold in aid of charity, often from bits of wood pulled from skips.

"We are so grateful that until the very end Bob remained our witty, kind, knowledgeable, conversationalist father, grandfather and great-grandfather, we will miss him greatly."

Weighton''s final birthday celebration on 29 March was held behind closed doors after the imposition of the Covid-19 lockdown.

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But despite his title of world's oldest man, Weighton declined a birthday card from the Queen, saying he did not want one at the taxpayers' expense and he had received at least 10 from her already.

He was born in Kingston-Upon-Hull, Yorkshire, on 29 March, 1908.

Coincidentally, that was the same day Britain's oldest woman Joan Hocquard, from Poole, Dorset was born.

In addition, Alf Smith from St Madoes, Perthshire, Scotland, who shared the title of Britain's oldest man until his death in 2019, was also born on the same day.

During his lifetime, Weighton worked as an engineer, spending time in Taiwan, Japan and Canada.

The father of three is survived by his children David and Dorothy, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

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