Oldest Dutch man dies, age 106
22 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — The oldest Dutch man, Joop Rosbach, died on Wednesday at the age of 106 in Haarlem. He passed away as a result of pneumonia at the Kennemer Gasthuis, a city hospital.
22 July 2004
AMSTERDAM — The oldest Dutch man, Joop Rosbach, died on Wednesday at the age of 106 in Haarlem. He passed away as a result of pneumonia at the Kennemer Gasthuis, a city hospital.
According to his nephew, Ruud Rosbach, his uncle enjoyed life right up to the last moment: "He was always good-humoured and had a cheerful word for everyone".
He also said that Rosbach died "free of pain and fear", Dutch public news service NOS reported on Thursday.
Rosbach was admitted to hospital two weeks ago complaining of breathing difficulties. He was then diagnosed with pneumonia.
The Haarlem resident had been the oldest Dutch man since 13 May this year, when G. Timmermans, of the central Dutch town of Ermelo, died at the age of 107.
The oldest Dutch man is now Jacobus de Lavoir, 106. He lives in the nursing home De Vurrsche in the town of Axel, southern Zeeland. He is said to be exceptionally proud of his new title, news agency nu.nl reported.
The oldest Dutch woman is Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, 114, of Hoogeveen in the northeast of the country. She is also officially the world's oldest person.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news