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Frank Mawer, Australia’s oldest man, dies of Covid at the age of 110


Australia’s oldest man has died peacefully in his sleep at the age of 110 after battling the effects of Covid-19.

Frank Mawer, who celebrated his birthday last month, became the country’s oldest living person following the death of Dexter Kruger in July 2021, at the age of 111.

In the past, he has revealed secrets to a long life, including not smoking, not drinking and not gambling.

Australia's oldest man Frank Mawer (pictured), 110, has died peacefully in his sleep after battling the impact of Covid-19

Australia's oldest man Frank Mawer (pictured), 110, has died peacefully in his sleep after battling the impact of Covid-19

Australia’s oldest man Frank Mawer (pictured), 110, has died peacefully in his sleep after battling the impact of Covid-19

Mr Mawer died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday at the home of his 73-year-old son Philip in Central Tilba on the NSW South Coast.

He lived in his own flat in Gymea, south of Sydney, where he was supported by HammondCare At Home staff, until he suffered a bad fall in November.

His other son, Barry told The Canberra Times that his father was severely weakened by catching Covid-19 the week before his death.

‘He has lived a full life even in recent months. He insists on getting up to eat, exercise every day and have a lot of visitors,’ he said.

“He goes to nap on Saturday afternoon and never wakes up.”

Mr Mawer was born in 1912 and married his lover Elizabeth, an Irish immigrant, in 1939 and they raised six children, before her death in 2011, aged 92.

Mr Mawer (pictured), who celebrated his 110th birthday last month, became the country's oldest living person following the death of Dexter Kruger in July 2021, aged 111

Mr Mawer (pictured), who celebrated his 110th birthday last month, became the country's oldest living person following the death of Dexter Kruger in July 2021, aged 111

Mr Mawer (pictured), who celebrated his 110th birthday last month, became the country’s oldest living person following the death of Dexter Kruger in July 2021, aged 111

Mr Mawer (left) was born in 1912, married his lover Elizabeth (right), an Irish immigrant, in 1939 and they raised six children, before her death in 2011, aged 92

Mr Mawer (left) was born in 1912, married his lover Elizabeth (right), an Irish immigrant, in 1939 and they raised six children, before her death in 2011, aged 92

Mr Mawer (left) was born in 1912, married his lover Elizabeth (right), an Irish immigrant, in 1939 and they raised six children, before her death in 2011, aged 92

Mrs Mawer was diagnosed with dementia before dying of breast cancer.

“It was a long marriage with a lovely girl,” Mr. Mawer said.

By the time Mr. Mawer died, the extended family had grown to 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

For more than 60 years Mr Mawer and his extended family have spent time at the Blue Lagoon Beach Resort in Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast before Christmas.

Caravan Park has named a street in their honor.

Mr Mawer regularly attends Horizon Church in Sutherland, southern Sydney.

The church will hold a special celebration of Mr Mawer’s life at a later date after his body is cremated on the South Coast.

Mr Mawer (pictured) has previously revealed tips for a long life, including no smoking, no drinking and no gambling

Mr Mawer (pictured) has previously revealed tips for a long life, including no smoking, no drinking and no gambling

Mr Mawer (pictured) has previously revealed tips for a long life, including no smoking, no drinking and no gambling




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