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Jan Goossenaerts
Jan Goossenaerts
Birth: 30 October 1900
Horendonk, Antwerp, Belgium
Death: 21 March 2012
Essen, Antwerp, Belgium
Age: 111 years, 143 days
Country: BelgiumBEL

Jan Goossenaerts (30 October 1900 – 21 March 2012) was a validated Belgian supercentenarian. At the time of his death, he was the oldest verified man ever who died in Belgium (he is the second oldest man ever born in Belgium, as Jan Machiel Reyskens, who was older than him, died in The Netherlands), the oldest living man in Europe and also the third oldest living man in the world behind Jiroemon Kimura and James Sisnett. He was the last surviving white man born in the 19th century.


Jan Goossenaerts was born as Joannes Aloissius [Aloïssius] Goossenaerts in the village of Horendonk in the province of Antwerp, Belgium as the 3rd child born to Josephus Goossenaerts and Joanna van Ginneken. Since he lived nearby the Dutch border, he fled to the Netherlands at the time of the first World War. He worked as a farmhand and a mason until his retirement in 1965.

He married Catharina van Meel (18 August 1909 - 2 July 1997) c.1937 and they remained married for 60 years until her death. He had 5 children, three of whom were alive at the time of his death. Jan outlived the other two, who both died a few months before his 110th birthday.

In 2007, aged 107, he moved to a nursing home (St. Michael). In the same year, he became the oldest living man in Belgium. On 21 July 2010, when 110-year-old Stanley Lucas of the United Kingdom died, Goossenaerts became the oldest living man in Europe at the age of 109. A couple of weeks before his 110th birthday, both the passing of his two oldest children, which saddened him a lot, and a fall made his health decline a bit but he recovered again just before becoming a supercentenarian. A day before his 110th birthday, the then Minister-President of Flanders, Kris Peeters, visited him and they planted a sapling called the "Super-centenarian tree".

In September 2011, a month before his 111th birthday, he became the third oldest living man in the world when Tanekichi Onishi of Japan, who was almost a year older than him, passed away. At the same time, his mental health and eyesight deteriorated but his physical condition was still good as he was still able to walk. However, in the last few days of his life, his health deteriorated very badly and he eventually died on 21 March 2012 in Essen, Belgium at the age of 111 years, 143 days.



Europe’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard • Unknown • Matthias DodenhoffFrederick StabbinsWilliam MugfurSven ErikssonJean-Pierre DupontWilliam WalkerBening Arnold • Hans Schaftner-BurginLars OlofssonMarc PicqJohan Svanstrom • Erik JanssonFrancesco CubaddaThomas PopeJohn FrancklowKarl Nilsson • Unknown • Antonio Marchi • August KarlssonKarl GlocknerAnders JonassonMathias Hansen SaetherJan KipWillem Kostering • Unknown • Francesco Paba • John Mosley Turner • Unknown • Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Pasquale CappelloGiuseppe Arena • Luigi SabaIngebrigt Johansen • Victor Guillot • Andrei Kuznetsoff • Herman Smith-Johannsen • John Evans • Henri PerignonDomenico Minervino • Josep Armengol-Jover • Pablo Roy • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Valentino StellaGregorio Merino • Antonio Baldo • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • Alejandro Rivera Santalla • Antonio Todde • Joan Riudavets-MollHermann Dornemann • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Maurice Floquet • Henry AllinghamHarry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Jan Goossenaerts • Francisco Fernandez • Arturo Licata • Rezso GallaiPhilippe Vocanson • Harold Bracher • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Gustav GernethBob Weighton • Dumitru Comanescu • Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia

Belgium's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Julien Sterckx • Edmond Van Cauteren • Pieter Hinnisdaels • Clement de Vos • Polydoor Vandersypt • Eugene Naniot • Cesar Dassonville • Lievin Pelfrene • Francois Rygaert • Albert de Selliers de Moranville • Dictus Bomans • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Emiel Vanderhaegen • Petrus Van de Voorde • Jozef de Koker • Paul Henrard • Louis Marion • Georges Nevejans • Marcel Duguet • Jos de Kort • Jan Goossenaerts • Oscar Coulembier • Aime Wille • Jacques ClemensGustavus LeclercqMaurice StaelSylvain ValleeJef SmetsJaak Broekx