Prime Minister Erna Solberg attended his last birthday party two month ago. On Saturday, Carl Falck, Norway’s oldest citizen, died just 10 months short of his goal of turning 110.
He was born in Tønsberg, southwest of Oslo, in 1907 and most recently had been living at an elder center at Majorstuen in Oslo. That’s where Solberg visited, along with the mayor, a brass band and many others when Falck turned 109 on May 27th.
“He got sick a few weeks ago and died just like he wanted to, naturally and with dignity,” his son, Jacob Falck, told newspaper Tønsbergs Blad. “He didn’t want to be kept alive by artificial means, even though he probably could have reached his goal, then, of being 110.”
He remained remarkably healthy and lived home alone until just a few years ago. He made headlines when he helped collect more than NOK 107,000 in connection with his 107th birthday, to help fund research for prostate cancer.
Falck worked as managing director of the Norwegian wholesalers’ association (Norges Grossistforbund) from 1948 until 1975. He was retired for more than 40 years but stayed active with various sports and hobbies. Solberg sent out a message on Tuesday that she mourned his death, after meeting him several times. Funeral services were pending.