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Henrik Havasi
Henrik Havasi
Henrik Havasi at the age of 100.
Birth: 17 September 1882
Soltvadkert, Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun, Austria-Hungary (present-day Hungary)
Death: 8 November 1990
Soltvadkert, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary
Age: 108 years, 52 days
Country: HungaryHUN

Henrik Havasi [Hungarian: Havasi Henrik] (17 September 1882 – 8 November 1990) was an Hungarian centenarian who was the oldest living person in Hungary at the time of his death. He was also the oldest known Hungarian man ever until Gergely András Molnár surpassed him in 2006.


Havasi was born as Henrik Hirsch on 17 September 1882 in Soltvadkert, Austria-Hungary (present-day Hungary), into a family with German ancestors. His grandfather (who was at some point the mayor of the town) lived to be 92 and his mother lived to be 98. He had five siblings in total.

Henrik grew up in a farm near Soltvadkert, and he lived his whole life in the area. He first got married in 1907. He fought on the Italian front during World War I for three years. He returned home in December 1918, and got married again the next year. Henrik and his wife brought up nine children. He worked as a farmer until his 90s. He became a widower at age 95.

In his last years, Henrik mainly lived with one of his daughters, but often stayed at other family members for weeks. In 1988, at age 105, he became the oldest living person in Hungary. Both his physical and mental health started to deteriorate at age 106, but his appetite was still great. At that time, he had 24 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

After his 107th birthday, he got pneumonia three times in a row, but was always able to recover. Henrik Havasi died in Soltvadkert, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary on 8 November 1990 at the age of 108 years, 52 days.



Hungary's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Lajosne Kovassy • (Unknown) • Jozsefne Laki • (Unknown) • Gyorgyne KokenyesiAlajosne Duronelli • (Unknown) • Gizella BarthaAlajosne ZsarkoImrene Szaloczy • (Unknown) • Mihalyne Gneisz • (Unknown) • Gyorgyne JonasImrene Vajda • (Unknown) • Emilne FlochelKarolyne Nemeth • (Unknown) • Henrik HavasiSandorne SarkoziIstvanne LadiJanosne AndoAntalne BangaIlka ZolnaiIstvanne Morocz • Ferencne Lazar • Jozsefne SzucsFerencne VadaszSandorne CsikiJanosne VargaGergely Andras MolnarLajosne Buzaky • Janosne SzentirmayFerencne KustosMargit AmbrusMatyasne KovesdiGyorgyne Toth • Maria Magirius • Janosne Kudasz • Rezso Gallai • Maria HoffnerJozsefne NagyMargit Dezsone KovacsJanosne BelikVeronika ZsilinszkiUnidentified

Hungary's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Geza Penzes • (Unknown) • Janos Puskas • (Unknown) • Henrik Havasi • (Unknown) • Zsigmond Kun • Jeno JenovaiKaroly Molnar • Jozsef Petho • Gyorgy Laszlo • Gergely Andras Molnar • Gusztav KarolyJozsef Pelles • Rezso Gallai • Tibor Kosa • Miklos Angelus • Antal Ribnikar • Elemer SpieglerJozsef Kasalyak • Jeno Homonnay • Bela Csendes • Jozsef Standovari