He was born in October 1900 and last week passed away at the nursing home in Essen (Antwerp Province) where he was living.
Jan lived with his son and daughter-in-law until he moved to the nursing home at the age of 107. Each year his birthday attracted numerous well-wishers.
In recent years he refused all interviews saying that he had said everything last time and that nothing had changed since. He attributed his longevity to hard work starting as a farm help he later became a bricklayer. Apart from hard work Jan Goossenaerts recommended 'early to bed' and Liège pear syrup on your sandwiches, a substance that he referred to as 'poepgelei'.