Oldest Man Living Celebrates Another Birthday

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Bob Weighton lives in an assisted living home in the United Kingdom. Recently the Guinness World Records named him the oldest living man in the world. Bob just celebrated his 112th birthday. Usually, Guinness presents such an award in person; however, due to social distancing, a representative could not be at the home, so the staff performed the honors. The staff arranged to sing “Happy Birthday” to him on his balcony and then gave him the certificate all from a safe distance.

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Weighton said earning the record was bittersweet. He reported, “I can’t say I am pleased to hear that the previous holder has died, but I am very pleased that I’ve been able to live so long and make so many friends.” Later he added, “It’s also another thing to be named the world’s oldest man during a global pandemic. Weighton became the oldest living man after the previous title holder, Chitetsu Watanabe of Japan, passed away on February 23.

Weighton Remarks About The Coronavirus

The 112-year-old said, “It is bizarre. I’ve never experienced anything like coronavirus before. I’m a bit frustrated, but then again, I’ve been in situations where you just had to accept what was happening. It’s alarming, it’s threatening. I never thought that something like this would happen – neither did anyone else. I’ve never been isolated before.” He said that he has previously suffered from the flu and most children’s diseases but never self-isolation. 

Weighton’s Background

Weighton is a former teacher at a missionary school in Taiwan. It was there that he married his wife, Agnes, in 1937. The couple had their first child. They then made plans to relocate back to the U.K. from Taiwan in 1939. However, with the start of World War ll, the family moved to Toronto, Canada. While in Toronto, the couple had two more children. They returned to the U.K. once the war ended. Today Weighton has ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. If he continues to live a little more than four years from now, he will be awarded the title of the oldest man ever. Jiroemon Kimura from Japan holds this title. He died when he was 116 years old on June 12, 2013.

Weighton continues to have a good attitude, which provides him with a continued good outlook on life.