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Philibert Parnasse
Philibert Parnasse
Birth: 6 May 1901
Baillif, Guadeloupe, France
Death: 24 October 2010
Guadeloupe, France
Age: 109 years, 171 days
Country: Guadeloupe (France)GLP,FranceFRA

Philibert Parnasse (6 May 1901 – 24 October 2010) was a French-Guadeloupean centenarian, who was the oldest living man in France and Guadeloupe at the time of his death in 2010.[1] He was also the oldest known man ever from Guadeloupe until who Emile Arsene surpassed his age on 6 November 2020.


Parnasse was born in the rural community of Baillif in southern Guadeloupe on 6 May 1901. He resided with his wife in a small family home in Guadeloupe throughout his life. He suffered from paralysis soon after the death of his wife in 2001. He became the oldest man in France (Guadeloupe is politically part of the country) on 31 December 2009, following the death of Félix Maximilien Rostaing.

Parnasse died on 24 October 2010, in Guadeloupe at the age of 109 years, 171 days. The President of the Regional Council of Guadeloupe Victorin Lurel said of Parnasse, "I am really moved and sad. Right up until his last breath Philibert Parnasse had a lively spirit, and an outstandingly accurate memory. He was a real force of nature.


  1. Oldest Frenchman dies at 109 Radio France International

France's Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Jean Teillet • Louis-Jules Lebon • Unknown • Pierre JamesAdolphe GravelinesHenri Perignon • Faustin Jaumard • Louis Brard • Andre Raynaud • Emile Fourcade • Bernard Delhom • Louis Arthur Bon • Leon-Clement Estivals • Jules Many • Theophane Rifosta • Alexis Daigneau • Raymond Abescat • Joseph Rabenda • Jean Chevenet • Maurice Floquet • Aime Avignon • Louis de Cazenave • Lazare Ponticelli • Pierre Picault • Joseph Malahieude • Felix Rostaing • Philibert Parnasse • Charles De Antoni • Andre Coudrat • Louis Le Bouedec • Emile Turlant • Philippe Vocanson • Roger Gouzy • Robert Bourdon • Georges Massard • Roger Auvin • Jules TheobaldMarcel MeysAndre BoiteAnonymous

Guadeloupe's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (VE)

Mathilde Octavie Tafna • Marie CayolCamille RepirIsmene Baffard • Philibert Parnasse • Ferdeline Vergelas-Tamarin • Alexandre OsseuxGermaine Jacmel • Anoncia Irma Agathe • Marthe RochIrena MartialJuliana Sambin

Guadeloupe’s Oldest Living Man Titleholders (VE)

Ramire Rosan • Adrien Antenor • Unknown • Philibert Parnasse • Pierre Merciris • Alexandre Osseux • Octave Clerambot • Sainte-Croix Boulon • Unknown • Adrien Paulon • Adrien Navis • Emile Arsene • Amedee L'Etang • Hubert Boisseval • Unknown