|Birth:||16 October 1914|
Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, British Raj (now India)
|Age:||107 years, 264 days|
Michael Charles Robert D'Souza (born 16 October 1914) is an Indian centenarian who is one of the oldest known living men in India.
Michael D'Souza was born in Udhagamandalam, Tamil Nadu, British Raj (now India) on 16 October 1914, the 10th of Charlson and Mary D'Souza. He claims that his ancestors are Greek, who came to India from Bethlehem. His father died at the age of 86 and his mother died at the age of 108. D'Souza keeps a collection of documents from throughout his life to prove his age, which includes a copy of his birth certificate issued by the St. Mary’s Church in Ooty, his Karnataka State driver’s license, school certificates, military records, and identity cards, in addition to many other government records.
He started driving at the age of 18, when he and his 12 siblings drove around Ooty in his father's truck.
In 1932, he was enlisted in the British Army for 10 years and during his service he travelled to different parts of the country.
He married Eliza, and the couple moved to the erstwhile Madras Presidency. Though they had no children, they regarded the children of his elder brother as their own.
He joined the Public Works Department (PWD) in Mysore and later he was transferred to Mangalore. In 1982, he retired from service, but the couple stayed on in Mangalore. In 1993, D'Souza had a cataract surgery. Eliza died in 2013 at the age of 83.
In May 2018, aged 103, D'Souza voted during the Karnataka Legislative Assembly election. At the age of 107, he still worked as a taxi driver. He speaks 6 languages: Kannada, Tulu, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English.
D'Souza currently lives in Mangaluru, Karnakata, India, at the age of 107 years, 264 days.
- At 103, this Karnataka man is one of the oldest drivers on the country’s streets today The News Minute, 19 February 2018
- No matter how many times the polls, these centenarians are ever ready to vote Daijiworld, 12 May 2018
- ‘108 YEARS AGE’ Is Just A Number, ‘Cause Michael D’Souza is Still Rockin’ Like a Teenager! Mangalorean, 26 October 2021