Doc Sisnett

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James Emmanuel "Doc" Sisnett
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James Emmanuel "Doc" Sisnett (22 February 1900–23 May 2013) - 113, Barbadian supercentenarian, world's second oldest man,  was the oldest verified living man in the Western Hemisphere, who lived on the island of Barbados. According to the Gerontology Research Group, he was the world's second oldest living man, behind 116-year-old Japanese man Jiroemon Kimura. 

Sisnett was one of the last two living men verifiably born in the 19th century and the oldest and last surviving verified man born in the year 1900. He was the only living verified Barbadian supercentenarian and the last surviving verified black man born in the 19th century. Sisnett was also the second-oldest verified undisputed black man ever, after American Johnson Parks (1884-1998), who lived for 113 years 275 days.



Sisnett was the 5th child born to James Albert Egerton and Matilda Ann Sisnett (née Pitt) at Saint George parish. After leaving school, Sisnett trained as ablacksmith and later worked in a factory making sugar and syrup until his retirement in 1970. In 1923, Sisnett married Anita Dowling, having 5 children until Anita's death in 1937. Sisnett later married Josephine Evelyn in 1942, with whom he had 6 children. 2 of Sisnett's sisters lived to be centenarians, and another two died aged 99 and 98. Due to deteriorating eyesight, in 2006 aged 106, Sisnett had an operation to remove his cataracts.


Sisnett died at the age of 113 years 90 days in his residence in Christ Church, Barbados on 23 May 2013 while sleeping. The Barbados Association of Retired Persons issued a statement of Sisnett's death.


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