It was a beautiful love affair for Ed and Floreen Hale. According to their grandson, “They did absolutely everything together.”
Ed met Floreen in 1952 on her first night on the town since a car accident took her first husband’s life. They married shortly thereafter. Even when Floreen’s parents expressed concern about their daughter getting her heart broken again, Ed would say, “I’ll carry her until I die.” And that’s exactly what he did for the next 62 years as they spent their lives together and started a family in New York.
At the age of 83, Ed went to the hospital with a leg injury. At the hospital, doctors expected him to die. He demanded to be with his wife, but little did he know, Floreen was already being treated in the exact same hospital for heart failure. What happened next — the way Ed and Floreen found their way back to each other before it was too late – is truly the stuff of movies. Their loved ones documented their final moments together by taking photos of Ed and Floreen holding hands until their last breath.
The day before Valentine’s Day, Ed and Floreen were buried next to one another.