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   February27,2003;JohnMcMorran,theoldestmaninthe H UnitedStatesat113yearsand250days,diedMondayinLakeland,FL,of 4 extraordinaryoldage.McMorranwas  p history'sfifth-oldestman,saidDr.L.StephenColesoftheUCLA-based  \ GerontologyResearchGroup,anonprofitinternationalresearchorganization H thatverifiesbirthdatesandtracksthe[35-45]peoplearoundtheglobewho 4 are110andolder.Colessaidthat41peopleremainaliveinthatcategory,and   thattheoldestlivingAmericanisMary   Christian--one-weekMcMorran'ssenior--ofSanPablo,Calif.The  verifiablyoldestlivingmanintheUnitedStates,hesaid,isnowFredHaleofNewYorkState.

   

 D! Nearlydeafandblindandina #l! wheelchair,McMorranremainedaspiritedpersonuntilhisdeath.Robert $X" McMorranJr.saidhisGrandfather,awidowerfornearly40years,particularly $D # enjoyedwomen,andhadseveralgirlfriendsathisnursinghome.=Idrinkacup %0!$ ofcoffeebeforeeverymeal--andstayawayfromcheapwhiskey,?McMorransaid &"% inexplaininghissecretoflongevityforthePortHuron(MI)TimesHerald (#' Newsin2000afterheturned111.

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  L  BorninalogcabinnorthofImlayCity,MI,onJune19, $  1889,McMorranlivedinthreecenturiesandwasadamantaboutwhenthelasttwo   shouldbecelebrated:January1,1901andJanuary1,2001.Aftergrowinguponfarms,McMorranspent   mostofhisworkinglifebehindthewheeloftrucks,haulingfreight,milk,and   mailaroundMichigan.In1910,at21, p hehoppedafreighttrainandwentofftotourtheWest.Buthesoonreturned \ tohisnativestateandlivedformorethan45yearsinPortHuron.

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  \ DuringWorldWarI,toooldat28 4 tobedrafted,McMorranworkedinaDetroitbomb-makingfactory.=Iearned$1anhour.Atthattime,thatwas   bigmoney,?McMorrantoldtheLakeland(FL)Ledgerin1999.=SometimesIworked20  hoursinaday.Wehadtocheckeverypiecetomakesuretheywere  perfect.?Hefinallyretiredandmoved l toFloridain1973whenhewas84.

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  L  MyrnaOliver,"J.McMorran, $  113;OldestManinU.S.,5th-OldestEver,"TheLosAngelesTimes,   p.B14(February28,2003).

    

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