Tributes to Britain's oldest father who had a baby at 78

Tributes to Britain’s oldest father Raymond Calvert who died aged 91 after having a baby at 78

  •  The former shop owner became a father for the seventh time in 2010

Tributes have poured in for Raymond Calvert, Britain’s oldest father who passed away aged 91 after having a baby at 78 with his 25-year-old lover.

The former shop owner became a father for the seventh time in 2010 when son Jamie Rai was born to partner Charlotte, who was 54 years his junior.

The pensioner described the little boy, who weighed 7lb 1oz at birth, as a ‘gift from God’. 

Mr Calvert passed away on December 1 last year, at Royal Preston Hospital on following a fall, The Sun revealed, with his family left ‘heartbroken’.

His funeral was held just four days before Christmas at Skipton Crematorium. 

His former lover Charlotte, now 38, who took his surname but never married him, currently lives with their son Jamie Rai, aged 12, in his cottage in Colne, Lancashire.

After the birth of his seventh child, he told The Sun at the time: ‘I am the most fortunate man in the world. It makes me feel 10ft tall.

‘The baby was planned and I did not use Viagra or anything like that.

‘I didn’t actually think at my age that it would be possible to have a child, but he’s a beautiful little fella. I feel blessed. I look at that baby and I think, ‘He’s so bloody healthy and good-looking – how did I make that?’’

Mr Calvert has six other children who are all older than his partner and range in age from 51 to 64.

He raised them alone after his wife died 41 years ago.

He told the paper he first met Miss Calvert following a three-year relationship with her mother.

She was 16 at the time and joined him on caravan holidays with his children.

The pair only saw each other occasionally until she became friends with his daughter Denise.

Five years later, romance blossomed.

Mr Calvert, from Winewall, Lancashire, told the paper that the age gap was never an issue.

He said: ‘As time went by, Charlotte said she wanted a baby – and that she wanted it with me.

‘I was delighted when Charlotte told me she was pregnant. It was a wonderful, wonderful feeling.’

Raymond noted that he’s always gone out with women who are 20 to 25 years younger than him.

Charlotte left school with three A-levels and was on a childcare course before falling pregnant.

Recalling the moment she realised she wanted the baby, she said: ‘I realised it would be nice to have a baby with Raymond. He has such a lot of nice qualities.’

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