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Nedelcho Boikov
Nedelcho Boikov
Nedelcho on his 106th birthday
Birth: 4 April 1912
Peplos, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Greece (then Ottoman Empire)
Death: 5 March 2020
Svilengrad, Haskovo Province, Bulgaria
Age: 107 years, 336 days
Country: GreeceGREBulgariaBUL

Nedelcho Mavrov Boikov (Bulgarian: Неделчо Мавров Бойков; 4 April 1912 – 5 March 2020) was a Bulgarian centenarian who was Bulgaria's oldest known living person from the passing of Matena Zokova on 4 July 2018 until his own death in 2020.


Nedelcho was born on 4 April 1912 in the village of the Merhamli (present-day village of Peplos), Evros, then part of Adrianople Vilayet, Ottoman Empire. He himself thinks he was born in 1911, but records support birth in 1912. His family moved to the village of Kostur, Haskovo Province, Bulgaria when Nedelcho was 7-8 years old. His father died at the age of 96 and one brother died at the age of 93. He is veteran of the Second World War.

In 1950, he moved to Svilengrad, Haskovo Province. He never smoked. Even as a centenarian, he still have a sharp memory and a sense of humor. He claims that the secret of longevity is in the long walks. He never suffered from any serious illness. At the age of 87, he had an eye surgery. One of his brothers died at the age of 99, few days prior to Nedelcho's 106th birthday. In 2017, he had four living children, 6 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

In July 2018, Nedelcho became the oldest living person in Bulgaria, following the death of Matena Zokova. He lived with his daughter-in-law.

Boikov died in Svilengrad, Haskovo Province, Bulgaria on 5 March 2020 at the age of 107 years, 336 days.


Bulgaria's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Gyulbie Yumer • Maria MuhovaPavel Vasilev Hristov • Matena Zokova • Nedelcho Boikov