|Birth:||29 March 1908|
109 years, 145 days
Robert Grant Pitts "Bob" Weighton (born 29 March 1908) is a British centenarian, who became the oldest living man in the United Kingdom following the death of John Mansfield on 27 November 2016. He shares the title jointly with Alf Smith, of Perth, Scotland.
Weighton was born in Kingston-upon-Hull, Yorkshire, as one of seven children. His father paid an extra £3 a term so he could stay at school until he was 16 and enable him to take up a marine engineering apprenticeship. After qualifying, Weighton moved to Taiwan, to teach at a missionary school, although he first had to spend two years in Japan learning the language.
In 1937, Bob married Agnes, a teacher he had known since they studied together in England. After marrying in Hong Kong, they returned to Taiwan, where their first child, David was born. The family decided to return to the United Kingdom in 1939, but were diverted to Toronto, Canada, due to the onset of the Second World War. It was in Canada that the couple had two more children, Peter and Dorothy.
He later moved to Connecticut, United States, and worked in a factory that made airplanes for Britain to help them fight the war. He also worked closely with the American Secret Service. He later moved to Washington, and then back to England after the war had ended, eventually taking on a teaching position at City University, London.
The Couple moved to Alton in 1973. Agnes passed away in 1995. Bob's son, Peter, passed away in 2014. As of 2016, Weighton has 10 grandchildren, and 25 great-grandchildren, as well as his son and daughter.
|United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
George Stanforth • John Mosley Turner • John Leng • Frederick Butterfield • James Harrow • Ernest Oxley • Harry Durrant • Arthur Emanuel • James Sellers • Walter Sandford • George Simms • Henry Norman • John Orton • Alfred Grant • John Evans • Samuel Crabbe • Joseph Randle • Jesse Yewdall • William Proctor • David Davies • Vinson Gulliver • David Henderson • Harry Halford • William Lee • Frederick Moore • Harry Laverick • Jerzy Pajaczkowski-Dydynski • Henry Allingham • Harry Patch • Stanley Lucas • Edward Anderson • Reg Dean • Ralph Tarrant • Harold Bracher • Frank Simes • John Mansfield • Alf Smith and Bob Weighton