Alf Smith at the age of 109
|Birth:||29 March 1908|
Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
|Death:||4 August 2019|
Perth, Perth and Kinross, Scotland
|Age:||111 years, 128 days|
Alfred Smith (29 March 1908 – 4 August 2019) was a British supercentenarian who was the first Scottish man on record to reach the age of 110 and currently holds the record as the oldest Scottish man ever. He was also the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom at the time of his death, a title he shared with Bob Weighton of England.
Smith was born on 29 March 1908 in Invergowrie, Perthshire, Scotland. He was the fifth of six sons born to John and Jessie Smith. He attended Invegowrie Primary School and Harris Academy, Dundee before leaving school at the age of 14. He emigrated to Canada with his eldest brother in 1927, but moved back to Scotland after five years to help run the family farm following the death of his father.
Smith married Isobel Harper in 1937, and the couple had two children, Allan (died 2016) and Irene. Smith served in the Home Guard during the Second World War.
Smith retired from farming at the age of 70, but continued to go to the farm until well into his eighties. Following the death of his wife aged 97 in 2003, Smith lived alone in St. Madoes, Perth and Kinross, Scotland. In 2015, when he was 107, Smith met with 105 year-old Jessie Sinclair (who would later become a supercentenarian herself) and 103 year-old Willhelmina "Neen" Reid, who all shared a mutual friend.
Following a fall in August 2016, Smith moved to nearby Perth to live with his daughter, Irene. Every year for the last few years of his life, Smith exchanged birthday cards with Bob Weighton, who was born on the same day as him. Smith died on 4 August 2019 at the age of 111 years, 128 days.
Smith became the oldest living man in Scotland following the death of Tom MacIver on 18 April 2014. He became the oldest living person overall in Scotland following the death of Irene Chapman on 18 December 2015. Along with Bob Weighton, Smith became the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom following the death of John Mansfield on 27 November 2016.
Smith celebrated his 110th birthday in March 2018, making him the first recorded Scottish man to become a supercentenarian. At the time of his death in August 2019, Smith was the joint-sixth oldest man ever recorded in the United Kingdom, although he dropped to seventh when Weighton surpassed him the following day. After Smith's death, Jimmy Sinclair became the oldest living man in Scotland.
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- UK's joint oldest man dies aged 111 years and 128 days old Mirror.co.uk, 4 August 2019
- UK’s joint oldest man Alf Smith dies aged 111 and 128 days Metro, 4 August 2019
|United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith • Bob Weighton • Harry Fransman • John Tinniswood