Tributes paid at funeral of world's oldest man Bob Weighton

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People in Hampshire lined the streets on Friday to pay their respects to the world's oldest man, Bob Weighton.

Bob, from Alton, died in May at the grand age of 112.

His funeral procession travelled slowly through the town and past the care home where he lived for nearly 25 years.

The cortege continued on its way to a private funeral in Basingstoke.

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His family says he was witty, kind, clever and a role model to all.

He was one of only two Englishmen ever to reach 112, a journey that began in 1908 before the Titanic launched and before women got the vote.

Bob Weighton was born in 1908. Credit: Family Handout

Bob lived in five countries, including in Canada as a refugee during World War Two.

He spoke Japanese, wrote a book about his experiences, and loved sharing his life stories, right to the end.

I've been a lecturer, a teacher, a preacher, speaking in public all my life, and I love doing it."

Bob Weighton
Bob wrote a book about his life experiences. Credit: ITV News Meridian

I'll remember him as somebody who was really open to everybody. No matter who they were, they were his brother and sister. He just loved people. Even up to his last days he was really interested in learning. He spoke about expanding his horizons."

Magnus Weighton, Bob's grandson

Bob celebrated his last birthday in lockdown in March.

He declined a birthday card from the Queen, saying he did not want one at the taxpayers' expense adding that "he'd received at least 10 from her already".

Bob celebrated his 110th birthday in 2018 at the care home where he lived. Credit: ITV News Meridian