Britain’s oldest man dies just shy of his 109th birthday



John Mansfield, known as Jack, died aged 108 (Picture: NTI)

A pensioner has died just weeks after being named Britain’s oldest man – at the age of 108.

John Mansfield – known as Jack – passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon just six weeks after becoming a record breaker.

He was 16 days away from his 109th birthday when he died at Tynefield Court Care Home, in Etwall, Derbys., having outlived every other man in the country.

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Jack was born in 1907 meaning he has lived through 19 Prime Ministers, five monarchs and survived two world wars.

He also worked through the Great Depression and saw historic events such as man’s first journey into space and the sinking of Titanic.

He put his long life down to hard work, a daily fry-up as well as a pint of lager with his Sunday roasts.

FILE PICTURE - John Mansfield, known as Jack (with his late wife, Beatrice), who was the oldest man in Britain at the age of 108 and said the secret to a long life was hard work and a daily FRY-UP. Jack, was born in 1907 meaning he  lived through 19 Prime Ministers, five monarchs and survived two world wars.  See NTI story NTIOLD.  A loving son has paid tribute to his father, who became Britain

Jack with his late wife, Beatrice (Picture: NTI)

Yesterday son Richard Mansfield, 70, paid tribute and spoke of how much he had learned from his father.

He said: ‘Dad passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday afternoon.

‘Of course, it’s sad to finally lose him, but we’re just so grateful for the memories he’s given us over the years, including on his record-breaking day a few weeks ago.

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‘He’s left us with stories and life lessons which will always raise a smile when we think about them.

‘It makes you truly appreciative that we’ve all been lucky enough to spend so much time with our dad in our lives.

‘We’re sure that, wherever he is, he’ll be sat with a pint in hand, still claiming that his beloved Man United can win the league this year.’

Jack’s funeral will be held at St John the Baptist Church, in Mayfield, on Saturday, December 10, at 11am.

Mourners are being asked to wear red at Jack’s funeral in recognition of his beloved Manchester United.

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Friends and family will then be invited to share their memories of the former farmer at the village’s Royal Oak pub.

Richard added: ‘Attendees are asked to wear something red if possible as a nod to his football team of choice.’

Jack lived at home until September when medical complaints saw him move into the care home where he died.

He and his late wife Beatrice brought up six children, the eldest being 84-year-old Doreen Butt.

As well as having been an agricultural worker from an early age, he spent much of his working life delivering coal for the Co-op.

He leaves behind ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild.