For 65 years Harry and Mavis Stevenson fell in love and got married, and when she died just 48 hours after her 89th birthday, he could not bear to be without her.
Their nephew Stephen Cresswell told how 88-year-old Mr Stevenson died within minutes of his beloved wife after they spent their last night holding hands while they slept in a care home.
Harry Stevenson, 88, died in a care home moments after he was told of the death of his beloved 89-year-old wife, Mavis. Above, the couple, who met as teenagers, celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary
The couple, pictured on their wedding day, started their courtship shortly before Mr Stevenson signed up to fight in the Second World War. After years apart, the couple refused to be separated again.
He said: "The staff told Harry very gently that she had passed away and said he shed two or three tears. Then they tended to Mavis and the next time they looked over at Harry, he was gone."
"It was less than ten minutes later. He was lying next to her in a separate bed at the time. They shared a room in the home and the staff had pushed the beds together the night before."
"They told me he was holding her hand all that final night."
The couple from Derby refused to be separated throughout their life. When Mrs Stevenson’s health deteriorated, her husband insisted on moving into the care home as well so he could be with her.
The couple met at a social club aged 16 and began courting before Harry signed up to fight in the Second World War on his 17th birthday in 1943. He became a Royal Marine Commando and took part in the D-Day Normandy landings.
Mr Cresswell believes the couple’s bond was so strong because they were separated during the war and did not want to ever be parted again.
Mr and Mrs Stevenson's lifelong romance echoed the plot of popular romantic film, The Notebook.