|Birth:||11 July 1909|
The Hague, South-Holland, Netherlands
108 years, 221 days
Jacques Clemens was born on 11 July 1909 in The Hague, Netherlands. During World War I, life wasn't easy for Clemens, as he was struggling to get some food. He became a priest in 1936 and led the mass in the 'La Bultia' parish in the municipality of Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes in Hainaut, Wallonia from 1958 to 2015. At age 102, Clemens fell and was taken to hospital, where it wasn't sure whether he would continue his work, which he eventually did. As of today, Clemens has some problems with walking and a short time before his 106th birthday, his health declined a little bit due to another fall, though he was healed ten days later. When it was announced he became Belgium's oldest living man, he refused to gave some commentary, as one of his friends stated: His wish is to die on the altar in his church. Despite some health problems around his 108th birthday, Clemens is still happy with life.
Clemens currently lives in the town of Nalinnes, Wallonia, Belgium. He's the oldest living man in Belgium, as well as the oldest living Dutch man, since he kept the Dutch nationality. His secret to his longevity is to go to bed early and get out of bed early as well and that he always eats his meals at the same time.
- Oudste man (106) van België overleden (Dutch)
- Nalinnes: Jacques Clemens, doyen des Belges à 105 ans, est prêtre et espère mourir en disant la messe (French)
- 107 jaar oud, 80 jaar priester en nog altijd actief (Dutch)
- 108 ans pour l’ancien curé, doyen du Bénélux (French)
|Belgium's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Julien Sterckx • Edmond Van Cauteren • Pieter Hinnisdaels • Clement de Vos • Polydoor Vandersypt • Eugene Naniot • Cesar Dassonville • Lievin Pelfrene • Francois Rygaert • Albert de Selliers de Moranville • Dictus Bomans • Jules-Leo Neyrinck • Emiel Vanderhaegen • Petrus Van de Voorde • Jozef de Koker • Paul Henrard • Louis Marion • Georges Nevejans • Marcel Duguet • Jos de Kort • Jan Goossenaerts • Oscar Coulembier • Aime Wille • Jacques Clemens