Joan RiudavetsJoan Riudavets Moll
(born December 15
) from Menorca
, became the oldest person in Europe
on the death of Italian Maria Teresa Fumarola Ligorio in May 2003
, and the oldest man in the world on the death of Yukichi Chuganji
in September 2003.
Uncommonly fit for a supercentenarian, he was able to ride a bicycle until he was 110 years old. He worked as a cobbler until retiring in 1954, and is a former village councillor of Es Migjorn Gran.
His mother, Catalina Moll Mercades, died at age 25 before the end of December 1889, possibly giving her son the record for longest period by which anyone has survived a parent.