Retired machine-part worker Arnold Snelling of Gravesend in Kent, who died yesterday at grand old age of 102, hated life with a passion, according to members of his estranged family.
"He complained about everything," said great-nephew Dave Atkins, 61. "His life, his old job, retirement, his time in the army, his home, you name it. He didn't even have time for his family. When I got married, he spent the reception stuffing sausage rolls into his pockets and complaining he was missing the Ten o'Clock News. I don't know why he bothered to turn up. Still, he had a good innings."
Mrs Bhavha Singh, a neighbour, confirmed Mr Snelling's misanthropic nature.
"If I happened to see him in the street, I always asked if he was all right, or needed help with the shopping, he'd tell me to mind my own business and he'd be dead soon anyway, but he'd been saying that for 20 years or more. Even when he got his card from the Queen a couple of years ago, Arnold chucked it into the bin and said she could ruddy well deliver it herself if it was so important. I just hope I'm so full of life if I get to be that age."
"It's always sad when a suspect a funeral may be poorly attended," said the Reverend Thomas Pinder, who is to conduct Mr Snelling's funeral service at St Jude's of Faversham Road, Gravesend, next Wednesday.
"In this instance, it seems his overwhelming dislike of God's great gift of life was all that kept him going through such a long life. He's an example us all."