Nazar Singh, from Sunderland, and who recently celebrated his birthday with a pint of Stella and a whisky, lived through two world wars, and the Great Depression.
He was born in Punjab in 1904 and lived in England for 50 years, moving in 1989 to the North East to live with one of his nine children.
He died in the early hours of Saturday in India having travelled over to spend time with family, his grandson Harvinder Gill, 31, from Ashbrooke, Sunderland said.
“He was an incredible chap,” Mr Gill said. “He has lived a very happy and fulfilling life.
“For the past few weeks he has been suffering with a few illnesses. He has had pneumonia but he was a fighter.
“Unfortunately, his time has passed. It was early hours on Saturday, just before Fathers’ Day.” Mr Gill said his grandfather, who had 34 grandchildren and 63 great-grandchildren, was always surrounded by family.
“He had a huge family and that also played a part in him living so long,” he said.
Mr Singh loved the outdoors and enjoyed drinking milk and almond oil, regularly ate fruit and had a drop of whisky every night.