A couple who had been together for more than 65 years died within just 10 minutes of each other on November 3.
Harry and Mavis Stevenson’s nephew Stephen Cresswell said this week that Mr Stevenson, who could not bear to live on without his wife, died within minutes of Mrs Stevenson. The two passed away in a care home as they held hands.
“The staff told Harry very gently that she had passed away and said he shed two or three tears,” Cresswell said. “Then they tended to Mavis and the next time they looked over at Harry, he was gone.”
Cresswell noted that the couple has always refused to be separated. When Mrs Stevenson’s health deteriorated, her husband insisted on moving into the care home with her so they could be together. Cresswell said that Mr Stevenson’s health was in good condition, and that no one had expected he would pass so soon.
The couple originally met at a social club as teenagers and dated before Mr Stevenson signed up to fight in the Second World War. He became a Royal Marine Commando and took part in the D-Day Normandy landings. When he was transferred to the Far East to fight the Japanese, he continued to write lover letters to Mrs Stevenson.
“I am glad to know that you are still in love with me,” Mr Stevenson wrote. “I know you are, Mavis, and you should know that I am very much in love with you.”
Mr. Stevenson was known to wrote his sweetheart twice a day.
In 1949, the couple married. Although they never had children, the couple was known for lavishing love on their extended family and for their Boxing Day lunches.
The couple’s joint funeral will be held on Thursday.