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Bob Taggart

Robert "Bob" Taggart (28 June 1900 – 13 August 2009) [1] was a British centenarian who was the second-oldest man in the United Kingdom (after Stanley Lucas), and the oldest man in Scotland, at the time of his death.[2][3]

Biography

Taggart was born on the High Street in Rutherglen, Lanarkshire.[4] He started working on the railways when he was 14 years old, and spent his entire career in the railway industry, working his way up to his final position as a claims inspector.[1] He had a great love for bowls, which he played up to the age of 104.[1] A former club singer, Taggart credited his longevity to singing songs by Engelbert Humperdinck.[3][5] Taggart was part of the Home Guard during World War II.[6] Taggart was married for 65 years to Dorcas Taggart, who died in 1998 at age 90.[1] He had five daughters—Mabel, Nan, Betty, June, and Margaret[7] —15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.[1] He lived in his native Rutherglen for his entire life.[6]

Taggart died on 13 August 2009, at the age of 109.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Bob Taggart: Obituary". This is Announcements. iAnnounce. 14 August 2009. http://www.thisisannouncements.co.uk/5884425. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  2. Callaghan, Carla (14 August 2009). "Bob Taggart dies shortly after being crowned UK's Oldest Man". Rutherglen Reformer. Hamilton, UK: Scottish & Universal Newspapers. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Bob Taggart dies aged 109 just after inheriting title of Britain's Oldest Man". The Daily Mirror. London: MGN. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  4. Smith, Kenny (1 July 2009). "Scotland's oldest man celebrates 109th birthday". Rutherglen Reformer. Hamilton, UK: Scottish & Universal Newspapers. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  5. Barnes, Julie-Anne (5 July 2008). "Scotland's oldest man hails Englebert Humperdink as secret of long life". The Daily Record. Glasgow: Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Mcleod, Keith (29 June 2006). "Bob the Elder". The Daily Record. Glasgow: Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 
  7. "Taggart - Bob : Obituary". Evening Times. Glasgow: iAnnounce. 17 August 2009. Retrieved 30 September 2010. 

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