Britain’s oldest man from Sheffield dies aged 110

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The family of Britain’s oldest man Ralph Tarrant who has died aged 110 have described him as ‘a fun-loving guy’.

The funeral of the great-great-grandfather has taken place in Sheffield.

Ralph Tarrant  on his 110th birthday in Sheffield

Ralph Tarrant on his 110th birthday in Sheffield

His daughter, Chris Carter, who lives in the United States, said: “He was amazing.

“He was very independent and very hard working. His prime objective was to take care of his family. I always considered him a fun-loving guy, although he was grumpy at times!

“He loved to walk, although in he last month he couldn’t. He was die-hard. He wasn’t going to give in, although in the end I think he knew. He was ready.”

Mr Tarrant, of Broomhill, had two children, eight grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

His wife, Phyllis, died two years ago aged 102. Until then, they were Britain’s longest married couple at 79 years.

Mr Tarrant was born in Nottingham in 1903 but lived in Sheffield for most of his life.

He worked in the steel industry and later sold insurance. During the Second World War he served in the RAF.

His family said he lived independently almost to the end of his life.

In the summer, on his 110th birthday, he revealed he had smoked until he was 70 and still enjoyed a glass of whisky.

Speaking to The Star at the party, he said: “I’m still as fit as anyone - apart from having a bit of a cough.”