LongeviQuest is pleased to report that the European Supercentenarian Organisation (ESO) has validated the age of Dorothy Gardner at 110. She was born in Bristol, England, United Kingdom on 29 January 1911. Gardner was the third-oldest resident of the province of Ontario. She was a sister to 2 sisters, a wife, and a mother to 2 daughters.

Gardner and her husband in 1937 (Source: Simcoe)

Gardner worked at a vegetable processing plant in Brantford, Ontario for twenty years before she and her husband moved to Brampton, Ontario in the 1970s. She never learned to drive, preferring to walk instead. Gardner was a passionate Toronto Blue Jays fan since the team’s founding, and she would travel to Toronto every year to see them play. On her 100th and 105th birthdays, her barber of over 30 years gave her a free haircut. Even as a centenarian, she continued to do her own housework independently at her senior living facility in Brampton.

Gardner lived independently until 2019, when she moved to Barrie, Ontario. She died on 21 December 2021 at the age of 110 years, 326 days, and was survived by her two daughters, seven grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

LongeviQuest congratulates Dorothy Gardner’s family on her posthumous recognition.

For more information, please view Gardner’s Directory Profile here.

LongeviQuest is pleased to announce the age validation of William Andrew James at 110 years old. He was an American supercentenarian considered as the oldest man ever from the state of Vermont, USA.

William Andrew Jones was born on 5 July 1911 in Lincoln, Addison County, Vermont, USA. He was the second son of his parents who got divorced later when he was a young child. Because of his parents’ separation, William Andrew moved into his grandfather and step grandmother from his mother’s side.

He grew up on a small farm in West Lincoln where he would help by working around the two cos and two horses on the farm. In 1927, electricity was installed on their farm which ignited James’ interest to pursue a career in the electrical field. He started learning by assisting a local electrician. In 1936, he started working as a part-time employee for Central Vermont Public Service which is now Green Mountain Power. Four years later, he became a full-time employee as a first-class line worker. In 1955, James became the Bristol Area district representative, a position he held until he retired in 1974.

At the age of 107. (Source: WCAX)
At the age of 107.
(Source: WCAX)

Sometime in 1945, James met Mable Jeanette Lucia whom he married on that New Year’s Eve in Burlington. The two of them got three daughters while also adopting Mable’s son from her first marriage.

William Andrew James passed away on 24 October 2021 in Bristol, Vermont, USA. At the time of his death, he was 110 years old and was survived was his four children, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

For more information, please view William Andrew James’ Directory Profile here.