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Jan Pieter Bos
Jan Pieter Bos
Jan Pieter Bos on his 109th birthday in 2000
Birth: 12 July 1891
Papendrecht, Netherlands
Death: 15 December 2002
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Age: 111 years, 156 days
Country: NetherlandsNED

Jan Pieter Bos (12 July 1891 – 15 December 2002) was a validated Dutch supercentenarian and the oldest Dutch-born man ever.


Jan Pieter Bos was born in Papendrecht, South Holland, Netherlands on 12 July 1891. He went to school until the age of 12, when he became a skipper. On 24 December 1930, he married Johanna Suringh in Huissen, Gelderland but they almost drowned when their wedding car drove down a dyke into the water, without being able to open their car doors.

In 1940, Bos was called up to work in Nazi-Germany, but he refused due to hating Germans after a conflict that took place a year earlier. One day however, he, his family and his ship, called 'Westerschelde', were shot. He and his family survived, but his ship sunk and they were taken to Nazi-Germany later on by train. In Groningen, they were able to get off the train via connections with a resistance movement. After the war, his ship was salvaged and eventually repaired. He retired when he was 70 and moved to Pendrecht, a neighborhood in Rotterdam. Johanna died around 1986.

At the age of 100, he moved to 'Sonneburgh', a care facility. At 106, Bos needed few care and was still able to do the household himself.

On 12 July 2001, he became the third male supercentenarian in Netherlands after Geert Adriaans Boomgaard (in 1898) and Jan Machiel Reyskens (in 1988).

On 12 July 2002, he became the first Dutch-born man to turn 111. At the time, his mind was still lucid, despite having walking problems. He attributed his long life to drinking jenever, Dutch gin, everyday.

Jan Pieter Bos died in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 15 December 2002 at the age of 111 years, 156 days. He was, at the time of his death, the oldest living man in the Netherlands, the second-oldest person in the country, behind Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper and the third-oldest living man in Europe, behind Joan Riudavets-Moll of Spain and Giovanni Frau of Italy. He was the second Dutch-born man who became a supercentenarian, after Boomgaard became one, more than 100 years earlier. He was also the first Dutch-born man to turn 111 years old and still holds the title of being the oldest man born in the Netherlands.


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Netherlands's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Jannes Reiling • Hendrikus van Horsen • Petrus Bartelen • Keimpe Nijdam • Jan Kip • Wilhelmus Kostering • Willem van der Hulst • Marinus Wolffensberger • Johannes Hesseling • Jacob Hazewinkel • Willem Wels • Andre Beekman • Watze Watzema • Henri van Dooren • Cornelis Bredijk • Huibert Prins • Hendrikus Verhoeven • Johannes van der Hoeven • Marcus Faasse • Gerrit van der Horst • Martin Hendrix • Hendrik Nessen • Pieter Zandee • Johannes Rijstenbil • Arthur Notte • Johannes Linning • Gerardus Boomaerts • Jan Nijenhuis • Dirk van der Kooij • Pieter Zaaijer • Albert Geerlings • Jan Machiel Reyskens • Cornelis Jansen • Hendrikus de Bijl • Johannes van Capel • Reinier Pelgrom • Jan de Winter • Frits Rijkens • Jan Pieter Bos • Frits Botterblom • Henri Timmermans • Joop Rosbach • Ko de Lavoir • Jan Voogt Pzn • Jan van der Giessen • Adrianus van der Vaart • Jos Wijnant • Cornelis Geurtz • Gerard Helders • Arie Vermeulen • Tjeerd Epema • Serop Mirzoyan • Floor van Cleemputte • Wim Hendriks • Jacob Berg • Dirk van der Noen • Jan Willem van de Kamp • Eelke Bakker • Anonymous