2004-11-19 16:51:41 UTC
died at 1:20 AM on November 19th 2004 at his room in the Nottingham
care center in Jamesville,New York,according to email received from
his son overnight.
In April 1910,he and Flora Beth Mooers,daughter of Jabez S. Mooers,
were married by J.S. Mooers,Justice of the Peace,and that August their
daughter Muriel was born.She was followed by four other children,
Carolyn(1913-92) being a diehard Boston Red Sox fan in whose memory
her father was glad to cheer their recent World Series victory.The
only surviving children are the two youngest,sons Norman and Fred Jr.,
both in their 80s.
By career Mr. Hale was a railway postal clerk,government service that,
along with having small children,exempted him from service in World War I.
He had a longtime hobby of beekeeping.
He was known for shoveling leaves off his roof at age 107 and his
last driver's license expired when he was 108,earning him a Guinness
Book entry as world's oldest driver.Thereafter he moved to New York
state to be near son Fred Jr.
He had cataract operations on his eyes at age 109 and 110,and an
endoscopic staple-assisted diverticulotomy more recently,helping
his quality of life in his last years.At age 113 he still played
cards and read newspapers.
He broke the record for oldest person to live in the state of New
York by ten days,and oldest to have been born in Maine by a more
substantial margin.Since the death of Joan Riudavets of Spain in
March 2004 he had been the oldest documented man in the world.
He had recently been hospitalized for pneumonia and "other problems"
and had returned to the care center shortly before his death.
The World Trade Center towers MUST rise again,
at least as tall as before...or terror has triumphed.