112-year-old British man dies UK News

Britain’s oldest man – born in 1967 during the reign of Edward VII – has died at the age of 112.

Joan Hawkard died at her home in the pool, DorsetAccording to his 74-year-old nephew Paul Reynolds.

An independent consciousness, Mrs. Hawkard rejected her 100th birthday card from the Queen back in 2008 because she did not want people to know how old she was.

Joan Hawkard was a keen sailor, here was a picture of his yacht
An interested sailor and experienced traveler, Joan is pictured here on top of his yacht

Coincidentally, he shared his March 29th birthday with the world’s oldest man, Bob Wheaton, who died in May at the age of 112.

Describing him as coming from “quite a good family”, his nephew Mr Reynolds said his aunt was born in a large house in Holland Park, Kensington, London.

His father was a colonial colonial officer in charge of transporting the Great Lakes to East Africa, so he spent his childhood in Hampshire, Leamington, with his parents and grandmother in Camney.

As an adult, he spent nine years cooking at a French hotel near Geneva, where Mr Reynolds said he loved rich food.

He said: “He liked to eat butter and cream and did not believe in dieting.

She drove an ambulance to London during World War II, before marrying her husband Gilbert and moving to the South Coast.

Until Gilbert’s death in 1981, the couple shared their passengers and travels, driving the entire camper van and vacationing.

Joan drove an ambulance to London during World War II
Joan drove an ambulance to London during World War II

In the 1980s, Mrs. Hawkard met her second partner, widow Kenneth Bedford, who was 20 years her junior.

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The couple reunited at the Bournemouth Gramophone Society, and have lived happily ever after in the pool ever since.

Paying tribute to his aunt, Mr Reynolds said: “He had a great innings and died in peace at home, for which you can wish.

“She’s a strong-willed character and loved to tell stories about how naughty she was as a schoolgirl.

“He was also a hospitable and loyal person. He always tried to live life to the fullest.

“There’s no secret to his longevity. I think he just had a good gene.”

Lillian Priest, 111 years old and from Swansea in Dorset, now accepts the crown as Britain’s oldest living person.

The oldest British man was Charlotte Hughes from Marske, Cleveland, who died in 1993 at the age of 115 years and 228 days.

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest woman of all time was the French woman Jean Calment, who died in 1929 at the age of 122 years 1 and 4 days.

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