Elderly Ontario couple die 11 hours apart

William (Bill) and Lucille Cleve

William (Bill) and Lucille Cleve

Jennifer Bieman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

LONDON, Ont. — For 54 years, William (Bill) and Lucille Cleve were partners in life.

The couple raised three sons, worked hard and shared an unusual hobby. Members of a local CB radio club, Lucille went by the handle “Queen Bee” while Bill was known as “The Silver Stud.”

So when Bill, 76, and Lucille, 75, were terminally ill with cancer, their family and staff at Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital agreed they should be together one last time and moved them into the same room last week.

They died 11 hours apart on June 18.

“They didn’t go anywhere without one another,” their eldest son David said. “You never saw one without the other one close by ... They were partners.”

Though it’s not uncommon for spouses married a long time to die shortly one after the other, Joe O’Neill of O’Neill Funeral Home said he has only seen a couple die in such close proximity a handful of times in his over 30 years as a funeral director.

jennifer.bieman@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @BiemanatLFPress

 


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