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Oldest man 'only ever wanted to make a difference'

The son of Britain's oldest man who has died said his father had only ever wanted "to make a difference" to the lives of those less fortunate.

Reg Dean was heavily involved in charity work throughout his life and completed a sponsored walk from Nottingham to Derby at the age of 90.

Later, he set up a Fairtrade store in his downstairs lounge, when he still lived at home, calling the franchise Traidcraft - it became Traid Links and continues to successfully operate in Wirksworth to this day.

Mr Dean's son Christopher, said his father had told him he had no fear at the prospect of his death.

He told me he wasn't at all scared.

He said to me once 'I am living under a sentence of death - but I intend to take a long time about it.'

– Christopher Dean

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Britain's oldest man dies

Reg Dean from Staffordshire has died aged 110 years and 63 days Credit: ITV Central News

Reg Dean from Tunstall in Staffordshire has died aged 110 years and 63 days.

Speaking in 2011 he told ITV Central that there are three questions everyone should ask themselves.

  • Who am I?

  • Why am I here?

  • Where am I going?

He admitted, however, to not knowing the answers.

He was an army chaplain in Burma and was shot at by the Japanese.

He was born in 1902 and has lived through five monarchs. The Wright brothers achieved the first manned flight just after his 1st birthday, and the Titanic sank when he was ten years old.

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