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Dublin: 13°C Tuesday 9 August 2022

Prepare to sniffle: Couple of 73 years die just five minutes apart

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AFTER 73 YEARS as a married couple, Lillian and William Wilson died just five minutes apart.

The Kentucky pair both had Alzheimer’s disease and were being cared for at separate nursing homes, but died just minutes apart.

Their son Doug Wilson describes getting two phonecalls in the middle of the night informing him that his parents, high school sweethearts, had passed away:

“Tuesday morning at 3.52am I got a call from Thomson Hood (nursing home). ‘Your father has passed.’I expected that, I knew it was coming. Then five minutes later at 3.57am, got a call from Richard Place, ‘Doug I’m sorry to tell you that your mother has passed.’

“I told the nurse, my father just passed away a couple of minutes ago. She said, ‘Oh my God, that’s like The Notebook movie, you know. That they went together.’”

Doug describes howt his parents ran away to get married just as his father enlisted in the military during World War 2.

“How they’ve stayed together, through all these struggles and employment changes, is just amazing. They’re a really loved couple. ”

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Rónán Duffy

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