Britain’s oldest person Joan Hocquard dies aged 112

Britain’s oldest person Joan Hocquard dies aged 112

Britain’s oldest person Joan Hocquard has died at the age of 112.

She died in her care home in Poole, Dorset, the BBC is reporting.

Born on March 29, 1908, Joan said she had no secret to her long life but enjoyed butter, cream, and did not diet.

Mrs Hocquard shared the same birthday with the world’s oldest man Bob Weighton, from Alton, Hampshire, who died in May from cancer.

She refused a card from the Queen when she turned 100 because she didn’t want people to know how old she was.

Mrs Hocquard’s father was a British colonial officer and she spent her early life in Kenya.

Her nephew Paul Reynolds previously told the Bournmouth Echo: “Joan’s father was a British colonial officer in charge at that time of shipping on the Great Lakes in East Africa and as a young girl Joan sailed out to Kenya to live in the town of Kisumu on Lake Victoria.”

She went to boarding school in Sussex and learned to cook at a hotel near Geneva.

When she returned to England, Mrs Hocquard drove ambulances in London at the start of World War Two.

Her husband Gilbert Hocquard shared her love of sailing and travelling, and when he died in 1981 she moved to Lilliput.

Mrs Hocquard met widower Kenneth Bedford at the Bournemouth Gramophone Society and they had lived together since.

Mr Reynolds said his aunt loved having guests for a meal and to stay.

“She said she had no secret to her long life. She just kept going, rarely seeing a doctor, following no diet and eating what she wanted,” he said.

He added she always sought to live life to the full.

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