- Saturnino de la Fuente García
- 112:211 year(s):day(s)
- Spain (León)
The oldest living person (male) is Saturnino de la Fuente García (Spain, b. 11 February 1909), who was 112 years and 211 days old, as verified in León, Spain, on 10 September 2021.
Saturnino de la Fuente García worked in the city of León as a shoemaker for many years, co-founded a local soccer club and also received a homage at age 110 as the oldest member of the club.
He was officially born on 11 February 1909, though he has always maintained he was actually born a on 8 February, and chooses to celebrate his birthday on that date.
He was born in Puente Castro, a neighbourhood of León, where he married Antonina Barrio Gutiérrez in 1933. The couple had seven daughters and one son who passed away as a child.
Standing at 1.50 m (4.92 ft), he credits his short stature for avoiding fighting in the Spanish Civil War. Instead, he spent those years continuing his life-long job as a shoemaker, making boots for the army. He spent a large part of his life working as a shoemaker, completing 35 years in the local factory and a further 15 as a freelancer. He became the most famous shoemaker in the area and was known as “el pepino” (the cucumber), which is short for Peña, the name of his mother.
Saturnino’s biggest hobby has always been football (soccer). He is particularly passionate about his local teams: Puente Castro, which he co-founded and played for, and La Cultural Leonesa.
When asked about the secret to his longevity, he often replies with: “a quiet life… and do not hurt anyone.” His belief is that 70-80 years is not long enough to live, as long as one is well.
He currently has 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the past year and a half has been very difficult for the family, and has limited social interactions. Saturnino is also now deaf, which means he is not able to talk much. Throughout this period - and the previous 27 years - he has been cared for diligently by his daughter Ángeles and son-in-law Bernardo.