James McCoubrey 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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