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Tokusuke Oyakawa
Tokusuke Oyakawa
Tokusuke Oyakawa (aged 107) with his wife
Birth: 27 February 1888
Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
Death: c.18 November 1997
Nipigon, Ontario, Canada
Age: 109 years, c.264 days
Country: JapanJPNCanadaCAN

Tokusuke "Tony" Oyakawa [Japanese: 親川徳助] (27 February 1888 – c.18 November 1997) was a Japanese-Canadian centenarian who was the oldest known living man in Canada.


Tokusuke Oyakawa was born in Nago City, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan on 27 February 1888. In 1898, he started to work in mountains to support his family.

He moved to Canada in 1905 or 1907 (sources differ). He worked on railway, felling trees, on a salmon canning factory and as a farmer.

Later, he returned to Okinawa and met his wife in 1935. His first son was born in 1939. In 1948, he moved to Nipigon, Ontario, Canada. He retired in 1965.

He became the oldest known living man in Canada, following the death of 111-year-old Arthur Nash on 4 November 1996.

Tokusuke Oyakawa died in Nipigon, Ontario, Canada around 18 November 1997 at the age of 109 years, c.264 days. His wife, Ushi Amy (Miyahira) Oyakawa, died in December 2000 at the age of 95.

Following his death, 109-year-old Gustav Wikberg became the oldest known living man in Canada.



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