World's oldest man dies at 113

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    World's oldest man dies at 113

    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:12 pm

    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/World/2009/07/18/10181341-ap.html


    Allingham, who was the world’s oldest man when he died Saturday at
    113, attributed his remarkable longevity to “cigarettes, whisky and
    wild, wild women.”
    Jokes aside, he was a modest man who served as Britain’s
    conscience, reminding young people time and time again about the true
    cost of war.

    “I want everyone to know,” he told The Associated Press during an interview in November. “They died for us.”


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    Re: World's oldest man dies at 113

    Post by shabbs on Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:19 pm

    Impressive. He was a WWI vet. He's lived in three different centuries.
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    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:42 pm

    What impressed me even more was that he continued talking to people -- kids, especially. I'm having a hard time explaining to my kids why I get all chocked up on November 11 when I hear taps. I remember my great-uncle's shrapnel scars and all his medals. My father in law was also in it (WWII, of course) but never saw action. Plus he hardly ever likes to talk about it.


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    Re: World's oldest man dies at 113

    Post by shabbs on Sat Jul 18, 2009 8:45 pm

    I love going to Legions and just talking to the members... so much to tell, so much to be thankful for.
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    Re: World's oldest man dies at 113

    Post by wprager on Sat Jul 18, 2009 9:12 pm

    shabbs wrote:I love going to Legions and just talking to the members... so much to tell, so much to be thankful for.

    Great idea. I have a feeling it would be hard to convince the kids to do it, but if I talk to the school and suggest it as an idea to a school trip. There's a brand new Legion Hall in Kanata (built only a year or so ago).


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    Re: World's oldest man dies at 113

    Post by shabbs on Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:59 pm

    Maybe when they're older, but certainly a good experience. I've found that they are just as thankful to be asked about it all.

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