Charlie Ward passes away
TWO months ago, Charlie Ward was upset that someone was taking flowers from wife Wendy’s grave in the Garden of Rest cemetery in Maryborough.
Family and friends will be putting flowers on his grave next week after the 81-year-old former plumber passed away on Tuesday.
Charlie and his beloved Wendy were married for 53 years and raised eight boys before she died earlier this year after a battle with cancer.
Following her death, Charlie visited her graveside almost every day and he took a bunch of fresh flowers for Wendy at least a couple of times a week.
His grieving was made even harder after the flowers began disappearing from Wendy’s grave.
He had a mild heart attack the first time it happened.
He couldn’t believe his ‘lady’ had been treated like that and he appealed for it to stop.
“Leave my flowers alone,” he said.
“If you’re that poor that you cannot afford to buy flowers, let me know and I’ll buy them for you.”
Charlie told this reporter that he’d bought the plot next to Wendy’s when I went to take his photograph.
“I spent 53 years of my life with her,” he said with tears in his eyes.
“I will be with her forever.”
That you will Charlie – rest in peace.