Jumat, 27 Juli 2012

Shelby Harris, Lelaki tertua di Amerika tutup usia


Long life: America's oldest man, Shelby Harris, pictured, of Rock Island, Illinois, died in his sleep on Wednesday

Shelby Harris, lelaki tertua di Amerika Serikat, Rabu lalu tutup usia di Kota Rock Island, Negara Bagian Illinois, Amerika. Dia wafat pada umur 111 tahun. Dia meninggalkan dua istri dan tiga anak.

Surat kabar the Daily Mail melaporkan, Jumat (27/7) Harris menghembuskan nafas terakhir di panti jompo saat tidur. Dia tinggal di tempat itu enam tahun terakhir. Tidak ada tanda-tanda dia mengidap penyakit berbahaya.

Harris lahir pada 1901 di Kota Ayrshire, wilayah Southern Indiana, Negara Bagian Indiana. Sejak muda dia bekerja sebagai penambang. Dia pernah mendaftar wajib militer pada Perang Dunia I, tapi lantaran memiliki cacat di pergelangan kaki kiri dia ditolak. Semasa hidupnya, Harris selalu menerapkan pola hidup sehat dan tidak merokok. Makanan kesukaannya ikan goreng dan kue ubi jalar.


Love: Mr Harris, pictured right at his nursing home in Rock Island in March, cited love as the reason for his long life


Dia mengungkapkan menebar cinta adalah rahasia buat berumur panjang. "Saya juga ingin semua orang mencintai saya," kata Harris saat diwawancara oleh situs www.wqad.com Maret lalu.

Meski sudah uzur, tapi ingatan Harris masih baik. Dia kerap berbagi cerita dengan para pekerja Panti Dawn May. "Harris orang yang sangat hangat," kata mereka.


Major milestone: Shelby Harris celebrated his 111th birthday on Saturday, surrounded by friends and family


Setelah Harris wafat, maka gelar lelaki tertua di Amerika disandang James McCoubrey, September mendatang dia berusia 111 tahun. Selain itu, ada pula perempuan paling tua di Negeri Paman Sam, yakni Besse Cooper. Saat berulang tahun bulan depan dia berumur 116 tahun.



King for the day: Mr Harris is wheeled out to his birthday celebration by caretakers at the Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Illinois

King for the day: Mr Harris is wheeled out to his birthday celebration by caretakers at the Rock Island Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Illinois

Loved: Known affectionately as 'Uncle Shelby' to many of those in attendance, Mr Harris had tears in his eyes as friends and family celebrated his long life

Loved: Known affectionately as 'Uncle Shelby' to many of those in attendance, Mr Harris had tears in his eyes as friends and family celebrated his long life



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