Joseph Saint-Amour at age 100
|Birth:||26 February 1852|
Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada
|Death:||16 March 1962|
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
|Age:||110 years, 18 days|
Joseph Saint-Amour (26 February 1852 – 16 March 1962) was a validated Canadian supercentenarian.
Joseph Saint-Amour was born in Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada on 26 February 1852. In 1862, he moved to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and lived there ever since. He started working at an early age and worked as a mason, earning 50 cents a day. He married Eugenie Letang and had 11 children, 51 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren. He survived eight of his children. His wife died on 1 August 1943 at the age of 90.
Saint-Amour was reportedly never sick. Even in his early centenarian years, he was still in excellent shape, being able to do the household by himself. On 26 February 1962, he became the first Canadian to turn 110 years old and thus becoming Canada's first ever supercentenarian. At that time, he still was a diligent smoker and still had a good appetite. He also became the world's oldest living man after the death of Sylvester Melvin on 12 March 1962. Saint-Amour died four days later, on 16 March 1962, at the age of 110 years, 18 days. He was the oldest Canadian man ever until his final age was surpassed by Chester Pushie on 13 July 1994.
Joseph Saint-Amour was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 30 March 2006.
- Gerontology Research Group
- Photo Gallery for Supercentenarians born in the 1850s Gerontology Research Group
- Un pionnier de la promotion ouvrière Le Front Ouvrier, 24 October 1953 (page 1)
- M. Joseph St-Amour, de Ste-Agathe, a 107 ans La Presse, 27 February 1959 (page 30)
- M. Joseph St-Amour est entré dans sa 110e année La Presse, 2 March 1961 (page 28)
- Un citoyen de Ste-Agathe célébrait 110 ans hier La Presse, 27 February 1962 (page 1 & 2)
- Un des plus vieux Canadiens meurt à Ste-Agathe-des-Monts Le Droit, 17 March 1962 (page 22)