'Oldest human being' dies at 116
Sunday, 16 December 2007Hryhoriy Nestor, a bachelor who was thought in his lifetime to be
the oldest person in the world, has died at the age of 116 in Ukraine.
Hryhoriy put his long life down
to the fact he never married
Mr Nestor died in his sleep on Friday night in the village of Stary Yarychev,
in the eastern region of Lviv, the Kiev newspaper Segodnya reports.
He died before proof of his age was submitted to Guinness World Records.
The world's recognised oldest living person is currently Edna Parker of the
United States, who turned 114 in April.
Just a few close relatives and neighbours gathered for Mr Nestor's funeral,
In accordance with his wish that there should be no crying, a hearty meal
was served of his favourite dishes: warm potato and herring, and cabbage
with home-made sausage.Active life
Oksana, one of the relations with whom he lived, said he had led an active
life to the last, helping around the house, whether it was making dumplings
or tending the chickens.
He was no different on Friday, though he doused his head with cold water
that evening - something he had often done before, complaining of headaches.
"His death came as a surprise to us, he just didn't wake up again," Oksana said.
"After his master's death, his favourite cat Murchik didn't go into his corner like
he usually did but lay down on his bed," she added.
Born, according to family documents, on 15 March 1891, Mr Nestor, a former
farm labourer, put his long life down to the fact that he never married.
"He didn't find himself a mate because he was a short man and never had money,"
He also led a healthy life, she says.
He loved to get outside and would run barefoot through the grass. Vodka he
drank in moderation, and his favourite food was simple country fare with his
greatest luxury - a slice of sausage in a bread roll.BBC