Lumby on his 108th birthday
|Birth:||7 November 1911|
Harris, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Death:||19 June 2021|
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
|Age:||109 years, 225 days|
Lumby was born in the village of Harris, Saskatchewan, Canada on 7 November 1911, one of three children raised on a farm south of Saskatoon. The family spent several years in California before returning to the Prairies, where Lumby married a woman named Sadie in 1939, who would become an accomplished pianist. He would have one son with Sadie, Peter, who was aged 76 on Lumby's 109th birthday.
Lumby joined the Canadian military during World War Two. He would become a tank commander with the Lord Elgin Regiment. He saw service in The Netherlands, among the allies who crossed the Rhine. After the war, he served with the Allied Control Commission that ran post-war Germany, so he and his family resided in Dusseldorf from 1949 until 1952.
Following the war Lumby began work for CN, becoming head of the equivalent Human Resources, a position he would hold until retirement, aged 65 in 1977. In 2002, his wife died aged 90, following almost 70 years of marriage.
Lumby showed optimism into his centenarian years, he kept a car in the driveway until age 105, and still often orders seeds for "next spring".
Aged 109, he was reported to be the oldest veteran in Canada. Lumby died in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 19 June 2021 at the age of 109 years, 225 days.
- My Grand Uncle Tom was informed of that news yesterday by Veteran’s Affairs. Today he happily celebrates his 108th birthday Jeff Lumby (Facebook), 7 November 2018
- Egan: Oldest man in Ottawa 'lives for now,' 109 years and counting Ottawa Citizen, 7 November 2020
- Ottawa's oldest man dies Ottawa Citizen, 6 July 2021