St. John’s-born man now reported as world’s oldest male

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James McCoubrey (left) in August 2012. — Submitted photo

When James McCoubrey heard he is reportedly the oldest man in the world, he said, “That’s a bunch of bunk,” according to his 84-year-old daughter.

“It’s beginning to sink in a little bit,” Pat Salveson said Tuesday of her Newfoundland-born father.

“He’s rather amazed people have taken such an interest in age. He said, ‘Maybe there’s hope for the world yet.’”

James Foster McCoubrey now lives in the San Fransisco Bay area of California, but was born in St. John’s.

His daughter first spoke to The Telegram about her dad in 2012 when he was reported to be the oldest documented man in the U.S.

McCoubrey turns 112 on Sept. 13.

And when Japan’s Jiroemon Kimura, 116, died last week, McCoubrey became the oldest documented living man in the world, according to the United Kingdom’s Daily Telegraph and other media reports.

 McCoubrey doesn’t feel comfortable speaking on the phone because of hearing loss, and is currently in a rehabilitation facility after a bout of pneumonia. Other than that, he hasn’t even had a cold in years, Salveson said.

“In a way it’s rather a miracle and God’s plan. He’s been a healthy soul all his life,” she said.

“He keeps his mind alert.”

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Organizations: Daily Telegraph, Gerontology Research Group, Harvard University Harley Davidson

Geographic location: California, Newfoundland, United Kingdom San Fransisco Bay Japan Halifax Osaka Boston South Africa Signal Hill U.S. Cambridge, Mass. Charles River

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  • Unknown
    July 19, 2013 - 06:19

    I just found out that Mr. McCoubrey died two weeks ago. May he rest in peace. :( I was kind of disappointed that he didn't live to see his 112th birthday.

  • jack
    June 24, 2013 - 18:57

    ..see what a warm climate can do for a Newfoundlanders health health ? ..If you can survive until retirement and get somewhwre warm you might live forever !.... If we had decent weather up here we might have had to kill somebody to start a graveyard.

  • Wow
    June 24, 2013 - 06:46

    Wow, does he ever look good for 111, I've seen people in their 60's who look older than him. Hat's off to you Mr.McCoubrey

  • Oswald
    June 21, 2013 - 13:39

    So does this mean that there are no more men left in the world born in the 1800's? Sad when you think about it.

  • Leah
    June 20, 2013 - 10:20

    Well, congratulations, Mr. McCoubrey. Your good long life must be somewhat contributed to healthy active living, and your faith in God. My birthday is September 12th. I'll remember you in my prayers. I won't forget. God has, and will continue to, bless you. (From St. John's, NL)

  • Fred from Brigus
    June 20, 2013 - 06:35

    Hey my birthday is September 13. Maybe there is some hope for me. Way to go James.

    • Doug Milley
      June 21, 2013 - 09:48

      My uncle Al from Exploits IS lived till 101 years young he was alert and remembered everyone till the end.He was from exploits IS

    • Llewellyn
      July 02, 2013 - 08:48

      Where was he from Doug?

  • Jonathan Ryan
    June 19, 2013 - 23:41

    Good soul and good blood! True NLer buddy' :) ... no stress, set your sails to the wind...

  • Dominic House
    June 19, 2013 - 17:12

    He's 111 because he never had to put up with St John's winters or the constant RDF.