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Reuben Sinclair
Reuben Sinclair
Sinclair in December 2020, holding a photo taken during his military service
Birth: 5 December 1911
Saskatchewan, Canada
Age: 110 years, 214 days
Country: CanadaCAN
Unvalidated

Reuben "Rube" Sinclair (born 5 December 1911) is a Canadian supercentenarian who is currently the oldest known living man in Canada, and the oldest living Canadian Second World War veteran. His age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group (GRG).

Biography

Reuben Sinclair was born on the family farm near Lipton, Saskatchewan, Canada. His birth certificate was registered on 5 December 1911, but according to his older brothers, he was born in the summer of 1911.

His parents were Yitzok Sinclair (né Sandler) and Fraida (née Dubrovinsky) Sinclair. He had four siblings: Samuel, Sol, Clara, and Joe. His parents and his oldest siblings Samuel, and Saul was born in Ukraine and moved in the 1900s to Saskatchewan, where they was given land by de Hirsch’s Jewish Colonization Association.

Sinclair joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and was stationed in North North Battleford, Saskatchewan. His youngest brother Joe served in the army and after the war joined Rube in British Columbia. They started Sinclair Bros. Garage and Auto Wrecking, in Richmond, just across the two old Fraser Street bridges from Vancouver.

He married a woman named Ida and had three children: Nadine Lipetz, Karen, and Len. In 1964, Sinclair moved with his family to Southern California. In 1994, his wife Ida suffered a stroke and the couple moved back to British Columbia. She died in 1996.

In March 2021 at the age of 109, he received his his COVID-19 vaccine, making him one of the oldest known people to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

He became the oldest Second World War Canadian veteran, following the death of 109-year-old Tom Lumby on 19 June 2021. He became the oldest known living man born in Canada, following the death of 110-year-old Arnold Hawkins on 18 September 2021.

As of November 2021, he has three living children, six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, and a second great-great-grandchild is on the way.

He became the oldest known living man in Canada, following the death of 111-year-old Ja Hyung Lee on 12 February 2022.

Sinclair currently lives in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, at the age of 110 years, 214 days. He is currently the third-oldest known living person in British Columbia, behind Shige Mineshiba, and an anonymous woman.

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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

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