Year celebrations began sadder than usual in Sardinia in
2002. That's the year the world lost a living treasure.
A friendly man with a healthy sense of humor and a unique
perspective on modern times, Antonio Todde died just short
of celebrating his 113th birthday.
Todde was born in Tiana, Sardinia on January 22, 1889. The
third of twelve children, he only spent one year in school
before leaving to tend the families flocks in the green
mountain pastures several days walk from their farm house.
July of 2000 he made The Guinness Book of Records as
the oldest man alive in the world. The entire village population,
695 residents, celebrated their famous grandfather's achievement.
past 100 seems to be pretty common place in Sardinia. The
healthy climate and lots of exercise in the clean air may
have had something to do with it. Genetics may also play
a role. He leaves a 97 year old sister and two of his five
children - daughters who are 77 and 80.
scientists are looking for hints of what may cause such
long active lives to be common in Sardinia, Antonio had
his own ideas. He claimed that his daily diet of a small
piece of meat, soup, pasta and a glass and a half of red
wine were the secret ingredients to long life.
words to live by, reported on the Guinness web site, make
sense no matter where you live... "Just love your brother
and drink a good glass of red wine every day. You take one
day after the other, you just go on."
wisdom will be missed by his family, his village and all
who valued a simple, loving man.