Britain's oldest man dies

Britain's oldest man has died, aged 110 years and 63 days. Reg Dean, a former United Reform Church minister, died on Saturday.

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Britain's oldest man's words of advice

Britain's oldest man Reg Dean, who died on Saturday, was born in 1902 the year after Queen Victoria died. He had lived through four crowned monarchs and 21 Prime Ministers.

Speaking in 2011 he said there were three questions "that you must learn to try and answer.

"One is, who am I? Two is, why am I here? And three is, where am I going?"

Man drank 'Indian elixir to live to 110'

Reg Dean's son said he had always believed an "elixir" given to him in India may have played a hand in his longevity.

A friend of my father's said he would like to give him an elixir to drink, which he said would mean he would suffer no illness until he was over 100.

It was foul-tasting, but of course he never thought not to drink it - he just did.

The only real illness my father then had was the infection last year, which left him bed-ridden and which eventually got him.


Oldest man lived 'with the best intentions'

Christopher Dean said faith had been a key part of his father's life, and one of the principles he had always credited with his long life.

He said 'always look for the best in people, never do a task for reward or prize - always for the best intentions.

'Be a vegetarian and have a faith, of whatever religion, that you can trust and rely upon.'

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

Britain's oldest man 'nearly didn't come back from Second World War'

During the Second World War, Reg Dean was stationed in Burma in the Far East.

Last year on his 110 birthday he told the Independent that he nearly did not return: "I nearly didn't come back from Burma, I was under shell fire so often.

"The second-in-command of our regiment was a friend and he was in the same trench with me when the shells were coming over. I said, 'What are you going to do when they come here?' He said: 'I'll lay about them with this kukri' – that's a Gurkha knife. Luckily, he didn't have to."


Britain's oldest man dies aged 110

Britain's oldest man has died, aged 110 years and 63 days, friends have said.

Reg Dean, a former United Reform Church minister, died on Saturday, according to an announcement by the Dalesmen Male Voice Choir in Derbyshire.

Reg Dean on his last birthday in November last year

He was the choir's life president, and helped to found the group in the 1980s.

Mr Dean, a former Army chaplain and teacher, survived two World Wars and witnessed 24 British prime ministers come and go.

He was born in Tunstall, Staffordshire, on November 4 1902, and became Britain's oldest man in June 2010 after the death of Stanley Lucas, 110, of Cornwall.

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