Cecile Klein
Cecile Klein
Cecile Klein on her 114th birthday.
Birth: 15 June 1907
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Age: 114 years, 2 days
Country: CanadaCAN
Validated

Cecile Edith Klein (née Efros; born 15 June 1907) is a Canadian supercentenarian whose age is validated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). She is currently the oldest validated living person in Canada.

Biography

Klein was born on 15 June 1907 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Polish-born Jewish parents Louis Efros (1881–1950) and Rachel Pearson Efros (1887–1965). In 1923, Klein began attending secretarial school, she taught herself typing and began working for a lawyer's office, she later started working for an early form of HR at RCA Victor. During the Great Depression, Klein managed to find her uncles a position at RCA Victor.

Klein later moved to Westmount, Quebec where she married Israeli-born Erwin Klein (1905–1999) on 5 June 1932. The couple had three children: Harriet, Arnold, and Louise. Klein had a grandmother who lived to 103, still alive at the time she married Erwin, alongside Klein's centenarian great-aunt.

Klein's husband, Erwin, had his Pharmacy bought out by Bayer in 1949. Following the buyout. they often would travel, including a North America tour in 1979. Erwin died in 1999 following 67 years of marriage, he was 94. Klein lived in their duplex in Westmount until she suffered a fall in 2017 and subsequently moved into an assisted living facility in Côte Saint-Luc.

Klein still traveled into her centenarian years; at age 102 and 103 Klein went on two cruises

At the age of 111, Klein could still read the newspaper without glasses.

Klein reportedly received her first dose of the Covid-19 Vaccine in December 2020, making her the one of the oldest known people to receive the vaccine.

Following the death of Phyllis Ridgway on 4 June 2021, Klein became the oldest validated living person in Canada.

Klein currently lives in Côte Saint-Luc, Quebec, Canada, at the age of 114 years, 2 days.

References

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Canada's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Flore BelandEmma BinghamMary Ann EsseryClara RobertsonAgnes MunceNellie ThompsonAlice Sjoquist • Lillian RossMarie-Louise Meilleur • Marie-Louise Meunier • Maria Mallozzi • Zelda McCague • Fanny Martland • Evangeline SaulnierAnne Samson • Julie Winnefred Bertrand • Jennie Fitzgerald • Margaret Fitzgerald • Pearl LutzkoCora Hansen • Yvonne Lamoureux • Merle Barwis • Colombe Benoit-Leclerc • Orma Slack • Marguerite Wabano • Lilian Cornell • Ellen Gibb • Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere • Phyllis Ridgway • Cecile Klein

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