A Sunderland man, originally from the Punjab, who was believed to be Europe’s oldest has died at the grand old age of 111.
Nazar Singh had 9 children, 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren and put his long life down to his vast family, good food and a dram of whisky every night.
Mr Singh passed away over the Father’s Day weekend during a visit to India.
Born on a farm in the Punjab 8 June 1904, Mr Singh lived through the great depression, two world wars, and Indian independence.
He first moved to Britain in 1965, working in a foundry in Walsall, West Midlands before retiring in 1989 and moving to Sunderland.
Mr Singh’s grandson Harvinder Gill, 31, said he had lived a “fulfilling life”.
“He was an incredible chap. He has lived a very happy and fulfilling life. For the past few weeks he has been suffering with a few illnesses. He has had pneumonia but he was a fighter.
“Unfortunately, his time has passed. It was early hours on Saturday, just before Father’s Day.”
Mr Singh survived his wife Narajan Kaur, who died 12 years ago.
Owing to his childhood spent on a farm, Mr Singh is said to have enjoyed outdoors life well into his centenary, only giving up gardening at the age of 107.
Speaking on his 110th birthday, Mr Singh said: “I feel very good and very happy. I still feel fit and strong. I pray to the lord to take me when he wants to.”
“Eat healthy food and look after each other,” he said. “Family need to look after their elders.”
His age was never confirmed by Guinness World Records and he had no birth certificate.
But he was sent a letter by the Queen on his 100th birthday, and every subsequent birthday.