|Birth:||2 May 1902|
Enna, Sicily, Italy
|Death:||24 April 2014|
Enna, Sicily, Italy
|Age:||111 years, 357 days|
Arturo Licata (2 May 1902 – 24 April 2014) was an Italian supercentenarian who was the world's oldest verified living man following the death of Salustiano Sanchez on 13 September 2013 until his own death on 24 April 2014 at the age of 111 years, 357 days. He is third-oldest Italian man on record only behind Giovanni Frau and Antonio Todde, but he is the fourth-oldest Italian-born man.
Arturo Licata was born in Enna on the island of Sicily, Italy on 2 May 1902 (he claimed to have been born on 28 April 1902) and had 3 brothers and 2 sisters. He, at the age of nine, began to work at mines; he later served in the Italian military. When he was young, he walked 22 kilometers every day, due to the lack of cars in his area.
He worked as a miner in dangerous working conditions. His career lasted 60 years. He married a woman named Rosa and had 7 children: 4 boys and 3 girls. Licata also had 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. His wife Rosa died in 1980. When he was 85, he got blinded in one eye in a motorbike accident.
Aside from poor hearing and eyesight, he remained in good health until May 2013, when his health began to decline.
On 23 July 2013, following the death of 111-year-old Jokichi Ikarashi of Japan, he was thought to be the oldest man in the world. the verification of Salustiano Sanchez 2 days after Ikarashi's death meant that Licata wasn't WOM at the time. However, Licata regained his title just over 7 weeks later, following Sanchez's death.
Licata died on 24 April 2014, just eight days before his 112th birthday. Following his death, Alexander Imich became the oldest man in the world.
|Italy's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Battista Beghelli • Giuseppe Jussig • Francesco Paba • Francesco Soldati Gabbini • Vincenzo Pintorno • Unknown • Leonardo Tamasi • Ulrico Miani • Beniamino Vitone • Pasquale Capella • Giuseppe Arena • Luigi Saba • Francesco Carlino • Giuseppe De Bonis • Cesare Di Claudio • Paolo Gioletta • Giovanni Ferzini • Antonio Giacchetti • Giuseppe Varagona • Domenico Minervino • Constanzo Tizzano • Saverio Russo • Filippo Mogavero • Adelmo Meoni • Giuseppe Pinna • Valentino Stella • Antonio Baldo • Antonio Todde • Giovanni Frau • Pasquale Frasconi • Carlo Orelli • Carmine Alfano • Luigi Rava • Dante Gavagnin • Italo Sarrocco • Delfino Borroni • Carlo Dozzi • Giovanni Ligato • Giuseppe Mirabella • Arturo Licata • Salvatore Caruso • Valerio Piroddi • Andrea Lattari • Lorenzo Berzero • Luigi Tomasi • Salvatore Cavallo • Giovanni Quarisa • Giovanni La Penna • Antonino Turturici • Gaudenzio Nobili • Giuseppe Venturi • Tripolino Giannini