Weighton being recognised as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records, 30 March 2020
|Birth:||29 March 1908|
Kingston-upon-Hull, England, UK
|Age:||112 years, 70 days|
Robert Grant Pitts "Bob" Weighton (born 29 March 1908) is a British supercentenarian who is recognised as the oldest living man in the world by Guinness World Records. His age is also validated by the Gerontology Research Group.
Additionally, Weighton is the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, a title he shares jointly with Joan Hocquard. He was also previously the joint-oldest living man in the United Kingdom, a title he shared with Alf Smith. However, following Smith’s death on 4 August 2019, Weighton became the sole titleholder.
Weighton was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, England, UK on 29 March 1908. He was one of seven children. His father paid an extra £3 a term so he could stay at school until he was 16, which enabled him to take up a marine engineering apprenticeship. After qualifying, Weighton moved to Taiwan to teach at a missionary school, although he first had to spend two years in Japan learning the language.
In 1937, Weighton married his wife, Agnes, a teacher he had known since they studied together in England. After marrying in Hong Kong, they returned to Taiwan, where their first child, David, was born. The family decided to return to the United Kingdom in 1939, but were diverted to Toronto, Canada, due to the onset of the Second World War. While in Canada, the couple had two more children, Peter and Dorothy.
Weighton later moved to Connecticut, United States, and worked in a factory that made aeroplanes for Britain to help them fight the war. He also worked closely with the American Secret Service. He later moved to Washington, and then back to England after the war had ended, eventually taking on a teaching position at City University, London.
Weighton and his wife moved to Alton, Hampshire, England in 1973. Agnes died in 1995, and their son, Peter, died in 2014. As of 2016, Weighton has ten grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. He became a supercentenarian in March 2018.
As of March 2019, shortly before his 111th birthday, he was still able to do his own shopping. In an interview to mark his 111th birthday, he joked that his secret to longevity is "avoiding dying". In June 2019, he was interviewed by BBC Radio 4, in which he talked about his life.
In March 2020, Weighton was forced to cancel his 112th birthday celebration due to the coronavirus pandemic. He was also unable to be visited by a Guinness World Records official to be recognised as the world's oldest man as a result of social distancing rules. Instead, the assisted living facility where he lives arranged for him to be presented with a certificate by staff on his balcony.
Weighton became the oldest living man in England following the death of John Mansfield on 27 November 2016. At the same time, he also became the joint-oldest living man in the whole of the United Kingdom, along with Alf Smith of Perth, Scotland. Weighton has held this title on his own since Smith’s death on 4 August 2019.
Following the death of Hilda Clulow on 24 December 2019, Weighton became the oldest living person in the United Kingdom, a title he shares jointly with Joan Hocquard of Poole, England. He is the first man to hold this title since James Harrow (1866–1976).
Weighton is believed to have become the oldest living man in Europe following the death of 114-year-old Gustav Gerneth of Germany on 21 October 2019, although Gerneth's age remains unvalidated as of March 2020.
Following the death of Chitetsu Watanabe on 23 February 2020, Weighton became the oldest living man in the world. He was officially recognised as the world's oldest man by Guinness World Records on 30 March 2020, the day after his 112th birthday. He is the first British man to hold this title since Henry Allingham.
- Living men aged 106+ Oldest in Britain
- Bob, 108, is the UK’s oldest man Farnham Herald, 13 December 2016
- Britain’s oldest men share a birthday — and the secrets to their 110 years Metro, 28 March 2018
- Britain's oldest men mark 110th birthday BBC News, 29 March 2018
- PHOTOS: Britain's oldest man Bob Weighton goes to Waitrose to prepare for 111th birthday Southern Daily Echo, 14 March 2019
- England's oldest man: Bob Weighton puts 111 years down to 'avoiding dying' Sky News, 29 March 2019
- Living Memory - Like Children Fighting Over Toys BBC Radio 4, 10 June 2019
- Bob Weighton: Briton, 111, becomes world's oldest man Sky News, 27 February 2020
- Straight-talking Yorkshireman who has lived to 111 has his say on Brexit The Mirror, 28 February 2020
- World’s oldest man Bob Weighton forced to cancel 112th birthday celebrations over coronavirus ITV News, 28 March 2020
- Englishman Bob Weighton confirmed as the world’s oldest man living at 112 Guinness World Records, 30 March 2020
- Robert "Bob" Weighton of the UK, 112, recognised as World's Oldest Man by the Guinness World Records Gerontology Research Group, 4 April 2020
|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