Jozef Smets was born in 1914 and passed away at a care home, where he had first served as a chaplain and later become a resident. He became Belgium’s oldest man in July after the passing of 109-year-old Sylvain Vallée.
Jozef was a well-known face across the Antwerp Kempen District. He first started as a vicar in a parish in Merksplas in 1938 only to become director of a secondary school in Hoogstraten. He also worked as a vicar in Geel and as a dean.
Smets will be laid to rest in his native in Retie in Antwerp Province next Thursday.