Ricardo Smith Santibanez
Ricardo Smith Santibanez
Birth: 3 April 1911
Chile
Age: 110 years, 80 days
Country: ChileCHL
Unvalidated

Ricardo Smith Santibanez [Spanish: Santibáñez] (born 3 April 1911) is a Chilean supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). He has been the oldest known living man in Chile since the death of Manuel Benavente Sanhueza on 21 March 2021.

Biography

Ricardo Smith Santibanez was born in Temuco, Cautin, Chile on 3 April 1911 to a Canadian father and a Chilean mother. His paternal grandfather, George Smith (1789–1880) was born in Cornwall, England and died in Canada. His father, Philip Thomas Smith (1844–1924) was born in Canada and immigrated to Chile with his family in the early 1880s to start a lumber mill business due to the lack of jobs in Canada. He later married a second time to Margarita Santibanez Sanchez (1890–1965), producing their son, Ricardo, who was born when Philip was 67.

Smith Santibanez worked as an accountant and married Mariana Partarrieu Navarrete (1912–2009). He had 3 children: Ricardo Smith Partarrieu, Sergio Renato Smith Partarrieu and Stanley Smith Partarrieu.

On 8 February 2021, at the age of 109, he received the COVID-19 vaccine, making him one of the oldest people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ricardo Smith Santibanez currently lives in Concepcion, Bio Bio Region, Chile at the age of 110 years, 80 days. On 3 April 2021, he celebrated his 110th birthday, making him only the third known Chilean man to reach this age.

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