Spanish-born Salustiano "Shorty" Sanchez, considered the world's oldest man, has died in Grand Island, New York, the M. J. Colucci and Sons funeral home said. He was 112.

Sanchez, who was born in El Tejado de Bejar, Salamanca, Spain, died on Friday, the funeral home said.

Guinness World Records certified Sanchez, a former coal miner who emigrated to Cuba and later the United States, as the world's oldest man on July 25 following the death on June 12 at the age of 116 of Japan's Jiroemon Kimura, who had held the record.

Japan's Misao Okawa, who is 115, was certified as the world's oldest woman on the same day, Guinness World Records said.

Sanchez, who was born in 1901, emigrated at the age of 17 to Cuba, where he worked in the sugar industry for a couple of years before heading to the United States.

The Spaniard was processed at Ellis Island and ended up in Lynch, Kentucky, where he worked as a coal miner.

Sanchez moved to Niagara Falls, New York, in the early 1930s and married the love of his life, Pearl Chiasera, who died in 1988.

Shorty and Pearl had three children, who gave them seven grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

Sanchez first worked for Scrufari Construction Company and later spent 30 years with the Union Carbide Company, retiring from the chemical company.

He was a member of the Spanish Club in Niagara Falls and was active in his old age, gardening, doing crosswords and playing cards with friends. EFE