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    Default Last known Canadian WWI vet dies at 109

    Last known Canadian WWI vet dies at 109

    Babcock also served in U.S. Army after the war
    By Nicholas K. Geranios - The Associated Press
    Posted : Thursday Feb 18, 2010 21:38:07 EST

    SPOKANE, Wash. — The oldest Canadian veteran of World War I has died at the age of 109.

    John Babcock died Thursday in Spokane, where he has lived since 1932, according to a statement from Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

    “I was deeply saddened to learn today of the death of John Babcock, Canada’s last known First World War veteran,” Harper said. “As a nation, we honor his service and mourn his passing.”

    Babcock had become a celebrity in recent years, especially in Canada.
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    I read this in the paper yesterday. Sad, but an amazing life this man must of had living 109 years. I'm a big historian buff especially when it comes to both World War I and II and the stories Mr. Babcock could of shared I probably would be left awestruck. And end of an important era in Canadian history yesterday.

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    Wow this guy lived for a very long time and seen it all.

    Another amazing fact when he was born, they were still using peach baskets in basketball games.

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    Quote Doc Naismith wrote: View Post
    I read this in the paper yesterday. Sad, but an amazing life this man must of had living 109 years. I'm a big historian buff especially when it comes to both World War I and II and the stories Mr. Babcock could of shared I probably would be left awestruck. And end of an important era in Canadian history yesterday.



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