|Birth:||11 July 1909|
The Hague, South-Holland, Netherlands
|Death:||7 March 2018|
Loverval, Wallonia, Belgium
|Age:||108 years, 239 days|
Jacques Clemens (11 July 1909 – 7 March 2018) was a Dutch-Belgian centenarian. At the time of his death, Clemens was the oldest living Catholic priest in the world, the oldest living man in Belgium, and the oldest living Dutch-born man.
Clemens was born on 11 July 1909 in The Hague, Netherlands. He became a priest in 1936 and led the mass in the La Bultia parish in the municipality of Ham-sur-Heure-Nalinnes in Hainaut, Belgium, from 1958 to 2015. At the age of 102, he fell and was taken to hospital. He wasn't sure if he would be able to continue working as a priest, but eventually did. A short time before his 106th birthday, his health declined a bit due to another fall, though he recovered ten days later. Despite some further health problems around his 108th birthday, he was said to be happy with life aged 108.
Clemens became the oldest living man in Belgium following the death of Aime Wille on 7 May 2015, and became the oldest living Dutch-born man following the death of Wim Hendriks on 21 March 2016. He died on 7 March 2018 in a hospital in the village of Loverval, Wallonia, Belgium, at the age of 108 years, 239 days. His successor as the oldest living man in Belgium was Gustave Leclercq (born 2 July 1911).
- Oudste man (106) van België overleden (Dutch)
- Nalinnes: Jacques Clemens, doyen des Belges à 105 ans, est prêtre et espère mourir en disant la messe (French)
- 107 jaar oud, 80 jaar priester en nog altijd actief (Dutch)
- 108 ans pour l’ancien curé, doyen du Bénélux (French)
- L’homme le plus vieux de Belgique vient de mourir (French)
|Belgium's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • E)|
Julien Sterckx • Edmond Van Cauteren • Pieter Hinnisdaels • Clement de Vos • Polydoor Vandersypt • Eugene Naniot • Cesar Dassonville • Lievin Pelfrene • Francois Rygaert • Albert de Selliers de Moranville • Dictus Bomans • Jules-Leo Neijrinck • Emiel Vanderhaegen • Petrus Van de Voorde • Jozef de Koker • Paul Henrard • Louis Marion • Georges Nevejans • Marcel Duguet • Jos de Kort • Jan Goossenaerts • Oscar Coulembier • Aime Wille • Jacques Clemens • Gustavus Leclercq • Maurice Stael • Sylvain Vallee • Jef Smets • Jaak Broekx