Nazar Singh, Europe’s oldest man who received birthday greetings from the Queen every year for the past decade, has died weeks
after celebrating his 111th birthday.
Singh was on a visit to Punjab, the place he was born in 1904, when he passed away peacefully on Saturday , a day before Father’s Day.
“He was an incredible chap. He has lived a very happy and fulfilling life,” said his grandson Harvinder Gill.
“For the past few weeks he has been suffering with a few illnesses. He has had pneumonia but he was a fighter. Unfortunately, his time has passed,” the 31-year-old said.
The great-grandfather’s age was never confirmed by Guinness World Records as he had no birth certificate. But as a British citizen he was sent a letter by the Queen on his 100th birthday in 2004, and was posted one each year after that.
He had recently celebrated his birthday, sending pictures back to Britain that showed him marking the event with a pint of lager and a whisky chaser.
Singh was born on June 8, 1904, and only two other men in the world are believed to have been older than him- Sakari Momoi and Yasutaro Koide, who are both Japanese and 112.
The keen gardener until the age of 107, who has nine children, 34 grandchildren and 64 great-grandchildren, believed the secret to his long life was a healthy diet and caring family.
He was born on a farm in Punjab where he helped his family grow sugar cane, cotton, corn, wheat and later chilli, peanuts, potatoes and rice. Singh outlived his wife, Narajan Kaur, who died 12 years ago, as well as his two sisters and four brothers.
His hearing remained unimpaired until the day he died, and he had never had any surgery even retaining some of his original teeth. Singh enjoyed milk and almond oil, regularly ate fruit, slept for 10 hours and enjoyed some whisky at night.
In 1965, he moved with his wife to Wallsall in the West Midlands where he worked as a labourer before he retired and moved to Sunderland in 1989.