The Trick To A Long Life Is To Pick A Good Wife – 108-year-Old Canadian Man Reveals

Esmond Allcock says the secret to living 108 years is to select the proper spouse.

Allcock, from Kerrobert, Sask., celebrated his 108th birthday on Friday. He is one of the oldest men in Canada.
“I didn’t behave myself for a few years there, but then I got a
really good wife,” he said, when asked how he managed to live a long and
happy life.

“Oh they nearly drove me nuts. They probably took 100 pictures of me.”
– Esmond Allcock

His wife Helen passed away seven years ago after 72 years of
marriage. He lived alone in the family home for a short time and
then decided to move into the Kerrobert Health Centre.

Esmund and Helen Allcock

Esmund and Helen Allcock. (Submitted by Jaime Frydenlund)

On Friday, employees at the centre threw the 108-year-old a birthday party.
“Oh they nearly drove me nuts. They probably took 100 pictures of me,” he said laughing.
The town’s Mayor Wayne Mock, also attended the party. He honoured the
self-proclaimed Blue Jays baseball super-fan by declaring Jan. 26 as
Esmond Allcock Day.

Long-distance celebrations

Although his son Dale Allcock, 78, couldn’t make it to the party from Port Coquitlam, B.C., the two Facetimed beforehand.

‘He really is a gift. That’s about all we can call that.’
– Dale Allcock, son

“We Facetime every day on his iPad and you can really tell how happy he is, and they treat him like gold in there,” he said.

Esmond Allcock

The Mayor of Kerrobert stopped by the
Kerrobert Health Centre to announce he declared January 26 as Esmond
Allcock Day. (Submitted by Jaime Frydenlund)

Staff wrapped up the party with his favourite meal: steak, carrots and fruit.

Home sweet home

According to his son, Allcock has lived in Kerrobert, which
is located about 200 kilometres southwest of Saskatoon, for 100 years
and worked as a farmer before retiring in 1975.
He has 67 living relatives which includes 38 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
“He really is a gift. That’s about all we can call that,” said Dale.

Esmund Allcock family

Allcock with his wife and children. (Submitted by Jaime Frydenlund )


Due to incorrect information provided by the
Saskatchewan Health Authority, a previous version of this story stated
Esmond Allcock is the oldest man in Canada. The story has been updated
to say he is one of the oldest men in Canada.


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