Britain’s supercentenarian Ralph Tarrant was the country’s oldest living man at 109 and 185 days old until his death on October 30, 2013. He took the title in January 2013 following the demise of 110-year-old Reg Dean, and celebrated the milestone with just his favorite drink, a glass of whiskey.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, the former insurance man said there was no secret to growing old, revealing he smoked until age 70. Tarrant insisted he never really counted the years and just went with the flow and credited simple pleasures for his long healthy life.
Beginning in January 2013, this great-great-grandfather began living independently in his double-bedroom apartment, cooked his own food, went jogging every day, and did his own shopping and housework.
Mr.Tarrant was married to Phyllis for 79 years until her death, aged 102, in 2012.