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Britain's Oldest Person Joan Hocquard Dies Aged 112

Britain's Oldest Person Joan Hocquard Dies Aged 112

Joan Hocquard thought there wasn't a secret to a long life, and happily "enjoyed butter and cream" and "scoffed at idea of dieting".

Joanna Freedman

Joanna Freedman

Britain's oldest person, Joan Hocquard, has died aged 112 at her care home in Dorset.

Joan passed away on Saturday, her nephew Paul Reynolds has now confirmed.

"She had an extraordinary innings and died peacefully in her own home, which is all you could wish for.

"She was a strong willed character and loved telling stories about how naughty she was as a schoolgirl," Paul said.

"She was also a very hospitable and loyal person.

Joan's nephew has now released a statement (
BBC News)

"She had an independent spirit and it was typical of her that on her 100th birthday she refused a card from the Queen because she did not want people to know how old she was.

"She always sought to live life to the full."

Paul added that his aunt thought there wasn't a secret to a long life, and happily "enjoyed butter and cream" and "scoffed at idea of dieting".

Joan drove an ambulance at the start of WW2 (
BBC News)

Joan spent her early life in Kenya as the daughter of a British colonial officer before attending a boarding school in Sussex.

She later worked as a cook at a hotel in Geneva, and drove an ambulance in London at the start of World War Two before becoming a sailor later in her life, and moving to the south coast.

Joan's passion for sailing come from practice she'd had in Solent as a child, when she visited her grandma in Lymington, Hampshire.

She then married her husband, fellow sailing fanatic, Gilbert Hocquard, before moving to Lilliput, near Poole, when he died in 1981.

Later in the decade she then met widower Kenneth Bedford - 20 years her junior - while at the Bournemouth Gramophone Society, and the pair lived together.

Joan lived to 112 (
BBC News)

Speaking about his aunt to the Bournemouth Echo in August, Paul said: "She has always had an independent spirit and it was typical of her that on her 100th birthday she refused a card from the Queen because she did not want people to know how old she was."

Joan Hocquard coincidentally shared her birthday - 29 March 1908 - with the world's oldest man, Bob Weighton.

The pair filmed their birthdays together back in March, shortly before Bob passed away in May.

The oldest person in Britain was Charlotte Hughes who lived to 115 years and 228 days before passing away in 1993.

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