Obit of the Day: World’s Oldest Man
A banana and an aspirin a day - that was Salustiano “Shorty” Sanchez’s secret to his long life. His very long life. Mr. Sanchez died on September 14, 2013 at the age of 112.
In July 2013 Guinness World Records named Mr. Sanchez the world’s oldest living man after the passing of Jiroemon Kimura (the oldest man ever). ‘
Mr. Sanchez was born on June 8, 1901 in Salamanca, Spain. It was only three years after the Spanish-American War and William McKinley still had three months left in the White House.
A famed dulzaina player in his youth, he and friends left Spain to work in the sugar cane fields in Cuba when he was 17 - 95 years ago. After a few years in the fields, Mr. Sanchez emigrated to the U.S. through Ellis Island. He eventually moved to Kentucky and became a coal miner. In the early 1930’s he settled near Niagara Falls and lived there for the rest of his life.
At the time of his death Mr. Sanchez, whose wife of 54 years, Paula, died in 1988, had two children (ages 76 and 69), seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and five great-great grandchildren.
Note: As of September 16, 2013 the oldest living man is Arturo Licata who is 111 years, 137 days and living in Italy. The oldest living person is Misao Okawa of Japan who is 115 years, 195 days.
(Image of Mr. Sanchez from July 30, 2013, just seven weeks after his 112th birthday, is copyright Reuters/Doug Benz and courtesy of http://www.iltasanomat.fi)
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