Phyllis Ridgway

  • Full name: Phyllis Ridgway
  • Lifespan: 10.03.1907 – 4.06.2021
  • Age: 114 years, 86 days
  • Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England, UK
  • Last residence: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Application date: 10.03.2020
  • Validation date: 20.08.2020
  • Validation source: Waclaw Jan Kroczek/Robert Young


Ridgway was born as Phyllis Ena Pickwell in Lincolnshire, England on 10 March 1907. Ridgway emigrated from England to Canada with her parents and three sisters in 1923. Ridgway would later marry Ernest Ridgway (1904-1987) in 1932, with whom she had one son, Ron (1935-2003). Ridgway worked in a department store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada before retiring in 1972 at age 65. She was married to her husband for 54 years until his death in 1987.

Ridgway became the oldest known living person in Canada following the death of 112 year-old Sarah Patenaude-Bruyere on 17 February 2020.

On her 113th birthday she attributed her longevity to apple cider vinegar and honey, stating “Apple cider vinegar and honey, that’s why I’ve lived so long.”

Ridgway lived in her ancestral home reportedly still living independently at the time of her 114th birthday for 80 years, but she subsequently moved into Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto some point after her final 114th birthday in the Spring of 2021.

In March 2021, Ridgway celebrated her 114th birthday, becoming the first British-born person to do so since Ethel Lang in 2014, and the first Canada resident to do so since Ellen Gibb in 2019. Three days after her 114th birthday, she received her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Phyllis Ridgway died at Bridgepoint Active Healthcare in Toronto on 4 June 2021, aged 114 years, 86 days. She was survived by a daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Longevity titles

Doyenne of Canada (17.02.2020-04.06.2021)


Phyllis Ridgway age was verified by Waclaw Jan Kroczek together with Robert Young and validated by the GRG on August 20th 2020.

Ridgway on her 113th birthday, 2020.

Miss Phyllis accompanied by her husband, 1930s.

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