Latter on his 106th birthday.
|Birth:||4 January 1904|
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
|Death:||6 June 2010|
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
|Age:||106 years, 153 days|
Samuel "Sam" Latter (4 January 1904 – 6 June 2010) was a British centenarian and footballer who played as a left back in the Scottish Football League for Third Lanark. His spell as a player was brief, but decades later he was later featured in national media after becoming Scotland's oldest man, a title he held for ten months until his death aged 106.
Latter was born in Glasgow, Scotland, UK on 4 January 1904. The son of a Jewish tailor who emigrated from the Russian Empire, he was raised in the Gorbals area of Glasgow. After joining Third Lanark from Kilsyth Rangers in 1928, the "giant defender" was a member of the squad which was relegated from Scottish Division One in 1928–29 but also a regular as they went back up as winners of Division Two in 1930–31, and joined the club tour of Denmark that summer.
He married an Edinburgh woman and relocated to the Scottish capital in 1931 (they joined the Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation from its inception), and having lost his place in the first team at Third Lanark to James Warden, he soon decided to retire from football and pursue other career options. He served in the Royal Air Force during World War II and latterly trained fighter pilots, ran a confectionery store on Lothian Road and operated a tyre business in Lauriston, while living in Liberton. His wife Flora died in 1990, and in 2001 he moved into 'Strachan House', a care home in Blackhall.
He became the oldest known living man in Scotland following the death of 109-year-old Bob Taggart on 13 August 2009. He became the oldest known living Jew in the United Kingdom following the death of 108-year-old May Mendleson on 31 May 2010. After his death, John Hodge became the oldest living man in Scotland.
Latter died in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK on 6 June 2010 at the age of 106 years, 153 days.
- My playing days nearly went up in smoke! Glasgow Times, 3 January 2010
- Football star Sam in new position as our oldest man The Scotsman, 5 January 2010
- Scotland's oldest man, footballer Sam Latter, dies at 106 The Scotsman, 17 June 2010
- UK's oldest Jewish man, 106, dies The Jewish Chronicle, 17 June 2010
- Samuel Latter The Jewish Chronicle (via PressReader), 23 July 2010