111-year-old now world’s oldest man

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111-year-old John Alfred Tinniswood of England is now the world’s oldest living man, after the death of 114-year-old Juan Vicente Pérez of Venezuela.

According to Guinness World Records, it was initially expected that 112-year-old Gisaburo Sonobe from Japan would be the new record holder, but it was recently confirmed that he passed away on March 31 this year.

Tinniswood was born on 26 August 1912 in Liverpool. He currently lives at a care home in Southport, where staff describe him as “a big talker”.

Despite his advanced age, Tinniswood can still perform most daily tasks independently: he gets out of bed without help, listens to the radio to keep up with the news, and still manages his own finances. According to him, the secret of his long life is “pure luck”.

Tinniswood does not smoke and rarely drinks alcohol and believes that moderation is the main way to stay healthy.

He met his wife, Blodwen, at a dance in Liverpool. They were married in 1942 and their daughter Susan was born the following year. The couple were together for 44 years before Blodwen died in 1986. Tinniswood currently has four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Since turning 100 years old in 2012, Tinniswood has received a birthday card from the late Queen Elizabeth every year.

Tinniswood isn’t too bothered about his newfound status as the oldest man in the world. “Make no difference to me,” he said. “Not at all. I accept it for what it is.”

The oldest man ever was Jiroemon Kimura (1897-2013) of Japan, who lived to the age of 116 years and 54 days.

The world’s oldest living woman and oldest living person is Spain’s Maria Branyas Morera, who recently celebrated her 117th birthday.