Olimpio Martins Pires
Olimpio Martins Pires
Olimpio Martins Pires on his 110th birthday.
Birth: 24 August 1908
Minas Gerais, Brazil
Age: 111 years, 179 days
Country: BRA FlagBRA
Olimpio Martins Pires (born 24 August 1908) is a Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). He is the oldest living man in Brazil , After the death of Joao Zanol.


Olímpio Martins Pires was born in Aracuai, in the Vale do Jequitinhonha, on 24 August 1908, the son of sugar cane mill owner and flour merchant, Armindo Martins dos Santos, and Rosenda Soares dos Santos.

He spent his childhood in Araçuai, helping his father to make rapadura and the best flour of the region. There were eight more brothers. Still little boy entered the Military Police of Minas Gerais, in Belo Horizonte, under the influence of Uncle José Martins Pinto, then PM sergeant.

As a PM soldier, he participated in the Revolutions of 1930, 1932 and other armed movements, where he saw many colleagues die and, with much sadness, had to bury their bodies.

In 1953, already as Cabo was honored by the Government of Minas through Decree No. 4,123, recognizing his services rendered in these revolutions and promoting him to the 3rd Sergeant.

He arrived in Manga on 5 October 1940, still a soldier, when the PM was eight men and has only one vehicle. He had the function, besides soldier, also of delegate, prosecutor and Judge of Right since at that time, these professionals did not exist here. Once, he was stabbed by a prisoner, near the navel, which almost claimed his life, but Martins Pires survived.

At 29, he married Joana dos Santos of 14 in Rio Pardo de Minas. The couple had nine childre: Armindo, Neide, Elza, Maria da Ascencao, Joao Batista (deceased), Jose Olimpio, Cleonice, Raimundo e Geraldo (deceased). He also has 22 grandchildren and about 30 great-grandchildren. His wife died in 2018 at the age of 95, after 81 of marriage.


Brazil's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Antonio Ferreira Maximiano Jose dos SantosRafael Antonio de OliveiraKleberton Bezerra LopesGeraldo TabuletaLiberalino LeiteFrancisco Fernandes de OliveiraIsidoro Jose de AlmeidaAntonio Rodrigues •  Aldegundes Pereira de CastroJose Rodrigues AvelinoAntonio Benedito da ConceicaoJordelino Cardoso • Joao Zanol • Olimpio Martins Pires

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