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...George wasn't too well so one Tuesday morning when he had given us both a very restless night I phoned for the doctor to come. About 11:50 am he cleared his throat and said “Oh Lucy”. Then he collapsed. His life was over....

Lucy Oates tells of the day she lost her beloved husband.

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George hadn't been too well so when he had the chance to retire at 63 with his full wage until he was 65 he took the offer and I shall always be glad he did, for we both enjoyed it. He helped with the housework and after lunch we used to go out for a walk which we both enjoyed.

Both his parents had died, his father in 1960 and his mother in 1966. Raymond, his brother, married Doreen Orr from Clitheroe and went to live in Plymouth. We never saw much of them after this, but always kept in touch.

We spent our holidays in Plymouth for a few years, until I slipped one Easter Saturday and broke my ankle. I was no longer able to walk around Plymouth at Raymond's speed so we went on a coach tour to Scotland instead and enjoyed it so much so it was coach tours from then on. We went to Wales, Dorset, Cornwall and if we were anywhere near Plymouth we always managed to spend a day with them, even though the only time they came to see us, was when John and Elaine were married, Geraldine being a bridesmaid.

George wasn't too well so one Tuesday morning when he had given us both a very restless night I phoned for the doctor to come. About 11:50 am he cleared his throat and said “Oh Lucy”. Then he collapsed. His life was over.

That was on the 20th of April, 1982, a date I can never forget. But life goes on. . My family were very supportive to me. I have been blessed with a contented mind,

As I write this paragraph just after my 89th birthday I am the only one left in my family. I am now housebound with arthritis, I have a lot to be thankful for.

I know there are lots of other memories I should have recorded. Perhaps I shall get round to them in time but I'm not very good at using my computer yet.

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