On the 16th April my wife Diane’s Aunty Milly died aged 98. She was Diane’s dad’s youngest sister. 8 weeks later on the 11th June her husband Jack died.
Milly and Jack originally met and fell in love in the early 1930s. However, the path of true love never runs smoothly. Milly’s parents did not approve of Jack because he was only a butcher. In those days, unlike today, girls didn’t very often go against their parents wishes, and in 1936, aged 24, Milly married Morry who was a tailor and whose parents had a menswear shop.
Jack was always a close friend of the family and Diane always referred to him as Uncle Jack. When I joined the family and called him Jack, he very quickly put me right and said it’s Uncle Jack to you. Jack was at our wedding, our three sons’ barmitzvahs and weddings.
In 1984 Uncle Morry died
Even though she was now free to marry “Uncle” Jack, she wouldn’t whilst Diane’s dad was still alive. He died in January 1989.and later that year Milly and Jack married, over 50 years after they first fell in love.
During the last few years they were in an old age home together, always arguing but still very much in love.
When Milly died, Jack couldn’t carry on without her.