“Bob was an extraordinary man and not because of the amazing age he reached the family. To all of us he was an ideal model, he was interested and interested in his life with all kinds of people around the world,” the family said. .
Speaking of praise at the time, Wheaton described himself as “a common block who just happens to live a long life.”
He also turned down an offer of a second Queen Elizabeth’s birthday card this year, saying he didn’t want any of the taxpayers’ expenses and had already received at least 10 from her, the PA said.
Until his death, Wetton’s family said he had broad interests, including politics, theology and ecology. He was also interested in the environment and built a workshop full of furniture, windmills and puzzles inside his home which he made with his own hands and sold to charities.
“We are so grateful that until the end Bob remained our fun, kind, wise, conversational father, grandfather and great grandfather and we will miss him very much,” the family added.
Born in the northern English town of Hal, Wetton was one of seven children. After leaving school at the age of 16, he became a Marine Engineering apprentice. He later moved to Taiwan, where he spent two years teaching Mandarin and attending a missionary school.
In 19337 he married his classmate Agnes, and two years later they moved to the United Kingdom.
However, their time collided with the outbreak of World War II, and the family moved to Canada and then to Connecticut in the United States, where Vetten worked in an aircraft manufacturing factory to support Britain’s war effort.
The couple returned to the United Kingdom and remained in the United States until 19445.
Wheaton later went on to teach at City University in London. Agnes died in 1995. He is survived by his children David and Dorothy, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
According to Guinness World Records, the world’s oldest person is Kan Tanaka, who lives in Japan. She celebrated her 117th birthday in January.
CNN’s Lian Collier contributed to this report.