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Joseph Saint-Amour
Joseph Saint-Amour
Saint-Amour at the age of 100
Birth: 26 February 1852
Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada
Death: 16 March 1962
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada
Age: 110 years, 18 days
Country: CanadaCAN

Joseph Saint-Amour (26 February 1852 – 16 March 1962) was a validated Canadian supercentenarian.


Joseph Saint-Amour was born in Saint-Jerome, Quebec, Canada on 26 February 1852. In 1862, he moved to Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts and lived there ever since. He started working at an early age and worked as a mason, earning 50 cents a day. He married Eugenie Letang and had 11 children, 51 grandchildren, 124 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren. He survived eight of his children. His wife died on 1 August 1943 at the age of 90.

Saint-Amour was reportedly never sick. Even in his early centenarian years, he was still in excellent shape, being able to do the household by himself. On 26 February 1962, he became the first Canadian to turn 110 years old and thus becoming Canada's first ever supercentenarian. At that time, he still was a diligent smoker and still had a good appetite. He also became the world's oldest living man after the death of Sylvester Melvin on 12 March 1962. Saint-Amour died four days later, on 16 March 1962, at the age of 110 years, 18 days. He was the oldest Canadian man ever until his final age was surpassed by Chester Pushie on 13 July 1994.

Joseph Saint-Amour was validated by the Gerontology Research Group on 30 March 2006.



World's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (V • TE)

Sylvester Melvin • Joseph Saint-Amour • William Fullingim • John Mosley Turner
Friedrich Wedeking • Frederick Butterfield • Jean Teillet • Charlie Nelson • Charlie Phillips • Mathew Beard • Joe Thomas • Herman Smith-Johannsen • Alphaeus Philemon Cole • John Evans • Henri Perignon • James Wiggins • Frederick Frazier • Josep Armengol-Jover • Christian Mortensen • Johnson Parks • Walter Richardson • Denzo Ishizaki • Antonio Urrea-Hernandez • John Painter • Antonio Todde • Yukichi Chuganji • Joan Riudavets-Moll • Fred Hale • Emiliano Mercado del Toro • Tomoji Tanabe • Henry Allingham • Walter Breuning • Jiroemon Kimura • Salustiano Sanchez • Arturo Licata • Alexander Imich • Sakari Momoi • Yasutaro Koide • Israel Kristal • Francisco Nunez Olivera • Masazo NonakaChitetsu WatanabeBob WeightonEmilio Flores MarquezSaturnino de la Fuente GarciaJuan Vicente Perez Mora

Canada's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Joseph Saint-Amour • Unknown • Eli LindsayStuart Bott • Unknown • Adam McDonaldArthur CritchfieldAdalbert Marchand • (Herman Smith-Johannsen) • Harry BrayneWilliam HargestPhilo McCandlessGeorge IvesChester Pushie • Arthur NashTokusuke OyakawaGustav WikbergTheodore RemfertJames GrantRomeo TremblayRaphael CreeJohn GardMontague Little • Lazare GionetNicholas SalamisHarold DunichandErnest MacPhersonWilliam Thomas • Leon RobitailleJohannes MarkussonDavid WienerSam Baker • Joseph Ernest Poupart • Zoltan Sarosy • Robert Wiener • Ja Hyung LeeReuben Sinclair