Phil Corio (aged 108) in May 2020 with his son Ron
|Birth:||22 February 1912|
Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
|Death:||31 March 2022|
Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA
|Age:||110 years, 37 days|
Philip D. Corio (22 February 1912 – 31 March 2022) was an American supercentenarian who is currently the oldest known male survivor of COVID-19, having recovered from the disease at the age of 108. At the time of his death, he was the oldest known living person in the US state of New Mexico, as well as the oldest known man to ever reside there. His age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).
Early Life and Family
Corio was born on 22 February 1912 to George and Elizabeth Corio and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey. He had six siblings, all of whom are deceased as of April 2022. As a teenager, he played pool at a local club with Frank Sinatra, who grew up in nearby Hoboken.
Corio worked in construction and trucking for a while, before getting a job at the Becton Dickson medical supply company, where he stayed until retirement. He married his wife, Margaret, in 1956, and they had two sons, Philip and Ron. Margaret died in 2000.
Corio moved to New Mexico in 1979. Ten years later, he founded a company, Array Technologies, which is now the largest manufacturer of solar tracking systems in the United States.
Corio's sister, Rose, died on 28 March 2022 at the age of 104 years, 156 days.
Later Life and COVID-19 Survival
In 2001, after his wife's death, Corio moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico to live with his son, Ron. Corio practiced carpentry as a hobby, so Ron set up a wood shop at Array Technologies, where he made things such as cutting boards and cabinets. He went there regularly until he suffered a minor stroke in April 2019, which impeded his woodworking ability.
In March 2020, both Corio and his son contracted COVID-19 during the coronavirus pandemic. On 13 March, Corio fainted in his bathroom and spent three days in hospital, where he was initially diagnosed with pneumonia. However, the following month, his doctor gave him an antibody test which revealed he had in fact contracted coronavirus. At the age of 108, Corio is the oldest known male to have survived the disease as of January 2021. Corio's son Ron became New Mexico's first billionaire.
Corio died in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA on 31 March 2022 at the age of 110 years, 37 days.
- The world’s oldest COVID-19 survivor? Albuquerque Journal, 6 May 2020
- Oldest US coronavirus survivor, 108, says it was no worse for him than regular flu Metro, 13 May 2020
- New Mexico has its first billionaire KOAT, 8 April 2021
- Nutley Commissioners Honor Nutleyite Philip D. Corio’s 110th Birthday with Proclamation Nutley, NJ News TAPinto, 12 February 2022
- Rose Corio Obituary Tribute Archive, March 2022
- Philip D. Corio Obituary S.W. Brown & Son Funeral Home, April 2022