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Stanley Lucas
Stanley Lucas
Birth: 15 January 1900
Morwenstow, England
Death: 21 June 2010
Bude, England
Age: 110 years, 157 days
Country: UK Flag UK
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Stanley Lucas (15 January 1900 – 21 June 2010)[1] was a British supercentenarian who was the oldest living man verified in Europe from the death of Harry Patch on 25 July 2009,[2] until his own death in June 2010. He was also the third-oldest man in the world.

Biography

Lucas was born at Morwenstow and had two brothers and two sisters. In 1908 the family moved to Marhamchurch, where he lived until 1948. He left school at 14 and was later called up for service in both the First and Second World Wars. Lucas, however, did not serve due to a pre-diagnosed heart condition.[2] Instead, Lucas helped on the family farm during the First World War.

Lucas married Ivy Nancekivell in 1926 and took over the family farm. Lucas was a breeder of Devon cattle and Devon longwool sheep and started a dairy farm in the early 1940s. In 1948 he relocated to live with his family at Poughill, where he continued to live after Ivy's death in 1963. In 1950, Lucas started playing bowls, which he continued to play until 2000, aged 100.

Lucas was a member of Bude Town Council from 1959–70, as well as vice chairman. His daughter said "He has worked hard in his working life and was a teetotaller and non-smoker and since he has been elderly has been well cared for" Lucas was the only verified male supercentenarian who died in 2010.

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United Kingdom's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

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