Trumble in 1976, at the claimed age of 108
15 December 1867?
5 April 1986
118 years, 111 days?
David Albert Trumble (15 December 1867?/1882? – 5 April 1986) was a Canadian supercentenarian claimant whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). If his claimed age of 118 is accurate, he would be the oldest man ever, but research shows his age is likely exaggerated by 15 years and he likely died aged 103.
David Trumble claimed to have been born in December 1867 in Canada. He fought in World War 1 and was a policeman in Picton, Ontario for a while. He was married four times and had 19 children, the youngest of whom he fathered at the claimed age of 75. He worked as a lumberjack until he retired in 1962.
Trumble wrote an autobiography as an alleged centenarian, which was published in 1976. He quit smoking in 1971 but started again shortly before his claimed 110th birthday in 1977. He reported that his secret to a long life was "Take good care of yourself, know your place, eat well, and don’t worry."
In 1981, it was reported that Trumble was open to the idea of having a fifth wife, provided she took care of him. During the 1980s, he was described by the staff in his nursing home as "a delight" and "a strong man over six feet tall."
At the claimed age of 118, Trumble tried to get his name into the Guinness World Records book as the world’s oldest person. He passed away shortly after on 5 April 1986. At his funeral, his 70-year-old son Clayton stated that "David Trumble had no birth certificate but his marriage certificate indicates that he was born in 1882."