Alfred Furrer, the "Last Man" of a group of World War I buddies who never forgot one another, died at the age of 97 of heart problems, friends said Monday.

Furrer, who died Sunday, helped found the Last Man Club in 1932 with 37 of his fellow doughboys from the San Francisco Bay Area and became the final survivor of the group, which met every Veterans Day. Last year, when the second-to-last club member died, Furrer inherited a bottle of champagne with the label signed by the original members of the Last Man Club.The last survivor was supposed to drink the champagne, but instead Furrer turned the bottle over to a local museum.