Oldest Swiss passes away at 109

The oldest person in Switzerland has died at the age of 109. Pierre Gremion died in his sleep at a nursing home in canton Fribourg on Monday morning.

This content was published on February 14, 2012 minutes and agencies

Gremion had been living at the care facility in Broc for about three years; prior to that he ran his own household in Bulle before health problems required him to move.

In Bulle he had worked in a shop selling home goods. An enthusiastic hobby photographer, his work and life story were featured in a book published in 2008.

On March 5 he would have turned 110. For his 109th birthday last year, the local authorities presented him with 110 bottles of wine.

Gremion apparently had good genes; both a brother and sister also lived to be nearly 100.

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