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Lakenheath husband loses wife after 70 years together

Ken and Dorothy Wooldridge

Ken and Dorothy Wooldridge

A Lakenheath widower is mourning the death of his wife this week – just days after they had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

Ken Wooldridge, 92, and his wife Dorothy met when they were both just 22, while both working in a glass factory in Wealdstone, Middlesex.

They were married on August 5, 1944, and honeymooned in Berynarbour, Devon, sharing their train home with the troops.

The couple moved to Lakenheath two years ago to be closer to their daughter, Janice Ryding, who lives in the village with husband Derek Leader.

Janice said she and her sister Carol never heard their parents quarrel.

“Myself and my sister had a lovely upbringing,” she said.

“It was an ideal environment for children like us. It enriched our lives, and it helped us in later life to aspire to have a similar sort of thing in our own relationships.”

To celebrate their platinum anniversary, Ken and Dorothy went on an afternoon out with Janice.

But just four days after the milestone, Dorothy passed away.

Janice said her father, who suffers from dementia, would be going to live with her.

“My Dad’s very upset. I don’t think he is really thinking about anything at the moment,” she said.

 

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