Maurice Butty

Maurice Butty
Maurice Butty

Butty celebrating his 108th birthday in 2020.
Birth: 20 October 1912
Ursy, Fribourg, Switzerland
Age: 109 years, 298 days

Maurice Butty (born 20 October 1912) is a Swiss-born French centenarian who is currently the oldest known living Swiss-born man. He is also the third-oldest known Swiss-born man ever, behind Pierre Gremion and Fritz Bosch.


Maurice Butty was born in Ursy, Fribourg, Switzerland on 20 October 1912. He was the ninth-born of 12 children. His father was a farmer, and relocated his family to the French commune of Verges in Jura, France.

Following in his father's footsteps, Butty began working as a farmer himself, where he would live in Briod, France. Upon retiring, he bought a home in Verges, where he lived with his sister until her death in 1994. He maintained his complete independence into his centenarian years, where he would often be seen going on walks and tending to his garden.

Somewhat of a local celebrity among the townspeople in Verges due to his old age, a common anecdote about him involves an incident where Butty - at the age of 98 - was mistakenly locked out of his home. In order to get back inside, he was forced to stack a ladder on top of a wheelbarrow in order to climb through the second floor window to get back inside.

At the time of his 108th birthday in 2020, Butty still lived on his own in the same home he has resided in for decades, receiving help from caretakers with everyday tasks. His sight has began to fade in recent years and his hearing is poor, but remains in good health otherwise. He only takes medication for joint pain caused by arthritis. While he tends to use a wheelchair, he is still capable of getting himself in and out of bed. He lives with a cat named Biquette.

Butty currently lives in Verges, Jura, Bourgogne-Franche-Comte, France, at the age of 109 years, 298 days. He is currently the third-oldest known living man in France, behind a 110-year-old anonymous man and Andre Ludwig.


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