Today it has been reported that Britain’s oldest man, Reg Dean has died aged 110.
Reg was born in November 1902 in Bath-Knight’s hometown of Stoke-On-Trent. However, he later relocated to Derbyshire where he spent much of his adult life and where he passed away surrounded by family and friends.
Reg Dean’s life was quite astonishing as the 110 year old, who was named Britain’s oldest man in June 2010 after the death of Stanley Lucas, lived through two World Wars, 24 British Prime Ministers and even remembered the day that the Titanic sank.
Image | Daily Mail | Britain’s oldest man, Reg Dean has died aged 100.
He dedicated much of his life to the church working as a church minister until he retired aged 80. During the Second World War Reg was stationed in Burma where he worked as an Army Chaplin, upon returning home Reg spent 10 year working as a teacher.
In a recent interview Reg said the secret to his longevity was “the love of friends, doing things for joy and not prize, always looking for the best in people and not the worst, having a religion you can trust and becoming a vegetarian”.
However, his family once said that Reg’s old age was down to a potion which he one drank in India, after a local Indian man promised him that the mystery drink would make him live until he was at least 10. A fantastic story that I’m sure Reg told to many people once he became a centenarian.
It has not yet been revealed who will take Reg’s title as Britain’s oldest man. However, I’m interested to see how old that person is and how they live as one of Britain’s oldest people. Do they live in a residential care home like Reg, use mobility aids to help improve their ability to get around or enjoy the simple pleasures of later life?