Henry and Dorothy Allingham

Everyone seems to be quoting Mr. Allingham’s joke that the secret to his longevity (113 years of it) was “cigarettes, whisky and wild, wild women.”

What only the Guardian notes, which makes the above quote all the funnier and, in my opinion, Mr. Allingham’s life even more poignant, was another quote of his: “I’ve only ever kissed one girl: my Dorothy,” he said. “We met in 1915 and married in 1918. She died in 1970.”

That too made him a rare and noble soul.

Godspeed, Mr. Allingham.

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