Philippe Vocanson
Philippe Vocanson
Birth: 20 October 1904
Saint-Jeures, Haute-Loire, France
Death: 18 January 2015
Saint-Etienne, Loire, France
Age: 110 years, 90 days
Country: FranceFRA

Philippe Vocanson (20 October 1904 – 18 January 2015) was an unvalidated French supercentenarian who was, at the age of 110, the oldest man in Europe at the time of his death.


Vocanson was born on 20 October 1904 in the small village of Saint-Jeures in Haute-Loire, France, as one of eight siblings. One of his sisters lived to the age of 108. In his younger days, he worked as a shoemaker and a farmer. He married in 1927. During WWII, he was captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Germans in northern France. He became a widower in 1985. In 2000, he moved to the Buisson nursing home. He had two children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He drank little alcohol, and put his longevity down to a diet of cheese and chocolate.[1][2][3]

Philippe Vocanson became the oldest known man in France following the death of Emile Turlant on 15 September 2013 and the oldest known man in Europe following the death of Gallai Rezso of Hungary on 25 September 2014. Vocanson died in Saint-Etienne, Loire, France on 18 January 2015, aged 110 years, 90 days.


Europe’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Geert Adriaans Boomgaard • Unknown • Matthias DodenhoffFrederick StabbinsWilliam MugfurSven ErikssonJean-Pierre DupontWilliam WalkerBening ArnoldHans Schaftner-BurginLars OlofssonMarc PicqJohan SvanstromErik JanssonFrancesco CubaddaThomas PopeJohn FrancklowKarl Nilsson • Unknown • Antonio MarchiAugust KarlssonKarl GlocknerAnders JonassonMathias Hansen SaetherJan KipWillem Kostering • Unknown • Francesco PabaJohn Mosley Turner • Unknown • Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick ButterfieldJean Teillet • Pasquale CappelloGiuseppe Arena • Luigi SabaIngebrigt Johansen • Victor GuillotAndrei Kuznetsoff • Herman Smith-JohannsenJohn Evans • Henri PerignonDomenico Minervino • Josep Armengol-JoverPablo Roy • Emile FourcadeBernard Delhom • Valentino StellaGregorio Merino • Antonio BaldoAntonio Urrea-Hernandez • Alejandro Rivera SantallaAntonio Todde • Joan Riudavets-MollHermann Dornemann • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-DydynskiMaurice Floquet • Henry AllinghamHarry Patch • Stanley LucasJan Goossenaerts • Francisco FernandezArturo Licata • Rezso GallaiPhilippe Vocanson • Harold BracherFrancisco Nunez Olivera • Gustav GernethBob Weighton • Dumitru ComanescuSaturnino de la Fuente Garcia

France's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Jean Teillet • Louis-Jules Lebon • Unknown • Pierre JamesAdolphe GravelinesHenri Perignon • Faustin Jaumard • Louis Brard • Andre Raynaud • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Louis Arthur Bon • Leon-Clement Estivals • Jules Many • Theophane Rifosta • Alexis Daigneau • Raymond Abescat • Joseph Rabenda • Jean Chevenet • Maurice Floquet • Aime Avignon • Louis de Cazenave • Lazare Ponticelli • Pierre Picault • Joseph Malahieude • Felix Rostaing • Philibert Parnasse • Charles De Antoni • Andre Coudrat • Louis Le Bouedec • Emile Turlant • Philippe Vocanson • Roger Gouzy • Robert Bourdon • Georges Massard • Roger Auvin • Jules Theobald 

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