(CMR) Charles Edward James one of Jamaica's oldest citizens died over the weekend.
James was reportedly born on February 3, 1905, in Darliston Westmoreland which would make him 115 at the time of his death.
However, his family said that due to the island's poor record keeping system they were unable to verify his age through authorised documents, that he was, in fact, the oldest person in Jamaica and possibly in the world.
One of the super-centenarian’s sons revealed to the Jamaica Gleaner that his father often shared fond memories of his childhood, including recanting the passage of the 1912 hurricane that affected Jamaica and Cuba.
However, James' son Fritz said that when the family made enquires at Registrar General’s Department they were told that they had no record of his father's birth.
“I can’t understand why they have no record of that. Yes, he is old, but they should have records going back even further than that,” 80-year-old Fritz James told the Jamaica Gleaner.
Jamaica had up to recently enjoyed the historic feat of having the oldest living woman – Violet Mosse-Brown, he died on September 15, 2017, aged 117.
As at October 6, the oldest known living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, aged 117.