June 15, 2005 by

Percy Arrowsmith


Categories: Extraordinary People, Law

Percy George Arrowsmith, the world’s longest married man, died on June 15. Cause of death was not released. He was 105.
Arrowsmith worked his way up from office boy at a law firm to an attorney in his own right, one that specialized in real estate law. In the early 1920s, he met the love of his life at church in Hereford, England. Percy sang in the choir and Flo taught Sunday school. The couple married on June 1, 1925, raised a family and became founding members of the local Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
Percy and Flo celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary two weeks ago. Officials at Guinness World Records acknowledged their accomplishment, and recognized them for achieving the oldest aggregate age of a married couple. To honor their record-breaking nuptials, Queen Elizabeth II sent her congratulations.
When asked for the key to marital longevity, Flo said she and Percy always shared a kiss and held hands before going to bed, and never went to sleep in the middle of an argument. Percy joked that he avoided confrontation by always agreeing with his wife.
“I think we’re very blessed,” Flo said in a recent interview with the BBC. “We still love one another, that’s the most important part.”
Arrowsmith died at his home with Flo by his side. He is also survived by three children, six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

4 Responses to Percy Arrowsmith

  1. Ben

    I was deeply saddened to hear of the Arrowsmith family loss. Percy and Flo achieved something amazing and they wont be forgotten for it.
    Rest In Peace Percy
    x Ben x

  2. Andy

    A heart warming acheivement, as a twice married man, I understand the challenges of such close relationships, and was moved to hear of their success as a married couple.
    I am saddened by Percy’s passing, and wish his family well.
    Well done and God bless.

  3. Gerry Gardner

    Welldone Percy.RIP.
    Im looking into my family history (My GM was an Arrowsmith from Aston) If anyone out there thinks they may have been related to her frances Mary Arrowsmith (Gardner)daughter of Walter Arrowsmith, Id love to hear from you.

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