No matter what the weather is like, Ted Richardson visits his wife Florence’s grave six days a week. They were married for 72 years before she passed away five years ago and Ted’s so devoted to these visits, he takes three buses to get to the Veterans Cemetery at Punchbowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The couple met way back in 1941, when he was 16 and she was only 14. They were from the same town in Pennsylvania and the day he met Florence, Ted told his dad that he saw the girl he was going to marry, before he even knew her name. He was right and they enjoyed many happy decades together. Now he says his visits to his late wife’s grave are “payback time.”
“For 72 years, she lost her temper only once in 72 years, and that was my fault,” Ted explains. So visiting her grave is “payback” for all the things she did right. And on his visits he brings her “thank you flowers” to show his appreciation. He’s been to Florence’s grave 1,300 times so far and the 93-year-old has no plans to stop anytime soon.
“I’ll keep going as long as I can go,” Ted says. But even when he dies, his visits won’t stop. He’s already arranged for his church to bring flowers to Florence once a month when he’s gone. Now that’s devotion.