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Delio Venturotti
Delio Venturotti
Venturotti at the age of 110
Birth: 25 October 1909
Rovigo, Veneto, Italy
Age: 112 years, 90 days
Country: Italy ITA BrazilBRA
Unvalidated

Delio Venturotti (born 25 October 1909) is an Italian-born Brazilian supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG). He is currently the oldest known living Italian-born man since the death of Giovanni Quarisa on 21 March 2020, as well as the oldest known living Italian-born person since the death of Ida Zoccarato on 16 January 2022. He is also the oldest known living European-born man and the oldest known living male immigrant in the world.

Biography

Delio Venturotti was born in Calto in the province of Rovigo, Veneto, Italy, on 25 October 1909. His parents were Luiz Venturotti and Joana Arrivabeni-Venturotti. His family left Italy after his father, who was a reservist, heard from a lieutenant of the Italian Armed Forces that there would soon be a big war in Europe.

At the age of three, with his parents and two sisters, Venturotti boarded a ship to Brazil, where they arrived after 18 days at sea. His father lived in Brazil for ten years as a teenager, but returned to Italy. Upon arrival to Rio de Janeiro, they took another ship to Espirito Santo, where he worked on plantations.

There was no school in that area, so the family moved to Colatina, Espirito Santo. Venturotti and his sisters attended school for one year, but their father said that, as they already knew how to read and write, it was enough for them to be farmers. Venturotti’s mother died when he was 15 years old. He said that his mother mistook arsenic for wheat when making a cake, and she got poisoned.

Later, Venturotti started working as a driver. From the 1940s until his retirement, he worked at a fabric store in Espirito Santo. At the age of 36, he married Dulcina Gama Venturotti (born 8 November 1921)‬, who was still alive in 2019. They had 4 children, including Maria Dulce Venturotti Collaress (aged 68 in 2017). After 53 years in Espirito Santo, the Venturottis moved to Sao Paulo. Delio and Dulcina lived for 29 years in Sao Paulo, until they moved to Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina.

He became the oldest known living Italian-born man, following the death of Giovanni Quarisa on 21 March 2020, as well as the oldest known living Italian-born person, following the death of Ida Zoccarato on 16 January 2022.

He also became the oldest known living European-born man and the last European-born man born in the 1900's decade, following the death of Saturnino de la Fuente Garcia on 18 January 2022.

Venturotti currently lives in Carianos, Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, at the age of 112 years, 90 days.

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