James McCoubrey

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James McCoubrey
James McCoubrey.jpg
McCoubrey in 2011
Born 13 September 1901[1]
St. John's, Newfoundland
Died 5 July 2013
(aged 111 years, 295 days)
Walnut Creek, California
Cause of death Pneumonia
Residence Walnut Creek, California
Nationality Canadian American
Ethnicity White
Known for Second oldest verified living man

James Foster McCoubrey[2] (13 September 1901 – 5 July 2013)[1] was a Canadian American supercentenarian who was thought to have been the world's oldest living man whose age has been verified (by the Gerontology Research Group), from the death of 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura on 12 June 2013 until his own death less than one month later.[2][3] However, the subsequent verification of American man Salustiano Sanchez to have been born on 8 June 1901 meant that McCoubrey was in fact the second oldest man at the time of his death. McCoubrey had also been believed to be the oldest living man in North America since the death of 111-year-old Shelby Harris on 25 July 2012.[4]


James McCoubrey was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, which was then a separate British colony but is now a part of Canada.[5] As a toddler, McCoubrey and his family moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia.[5] McCoubrey's father died in his thirties of tuberculosis, after which McCoubrey's mother remarried.[5] McCoubrey and his mother moved to the United States when he was a child.[5] They settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when McCoubrey was eight years old.[5] McCoubrey's mother "was once a house mother at Harvard University".[5] McCoubrey met his then-future wife Rose at a canoe club in Boston, Massachusetts.[5] He married Rose in 1923, and they remained married until Rose's death sixty-nine years later at the age of ninety.[5] McCoubrey and his wife had one child, Pat.[5] McCoubrey "has two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren".[5] In his early life, McCoubrey was a motorcycle insurance broker, and he later "ran an oil delivery and oil burner business" until retiring at the age of 62.[5] McCoubrey had hearing problems and had been sick with pneumonia, causing him to be hospitalized and placed in a rehabilitation facility.[2] McCoubrey lived in Walnut Creek, California in the San Francisco Bay Area.[6] McCoubrey died of pneumonia on 5 July 2013, at the age of 111 years 295 days.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Oldest Validated Living Supercentenarians". Gerontology Research Group. Retrieved 20 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c CA (2012-11-07). "St. John’s-born man now reported as world’s oldest male - Local". The Western Star. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  3. ^ Note: Jiroemon Kimura died on 12 June 2013 (JST), however, in California, where McCoubrey lived, the date was still 11 June 2013 (PDT).
  4. ^ "America's oldest man dies age 111... and the old romantic cited love as the secret to his long life". Dailymail.co.uk. 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Sweet, Barb (2012-11-07). "St. John's-born man now reported as world's oldest male". The Western Star. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  6. ^ "Oldest Man Dies: Japan's Jiroemon Kimura Passes Away at 116". Newsmax.com. Retrieved 2013-06-22. 
  7. ^ "Table E as of July 6, 2013". Grg.org. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 

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