MANCHESTER: An elderly couple who are believed to have had a “telepathic connection” and were married for 67 years died just 90 minutes apart.
Arthur, 91, and Dorothy Harding, 88, from Newton Heath, Manchester, both passed away in separate hospitals on January 5.
At 6:45 am Arthur died, shortly followed by Dorothy at 8:10 am after learning of her husband’s passing.
“We told her that he had died, and we said, ‘Nana you can go’”, said the couple’s granddaughter, Ros Harding.
”And that’s when the life started to fall away from her. We feel like there was some telepathic connection between them.“
The happy couple married in 1950 and, while Arthur spent his life working as a buyer for a textiles company, before working in a bric-a-brac shop, while Dorothy worked in a factory.
She also went on to care for the elderly and was a skilled machinist.
After 67 years of marriage, the pair were admitted to separate hospitals just 10 weeks ago after Dorothy experienced heart problems and Arthur suffered from a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“They were just lovely people. Everyone in the area knew them,” their granddaughter added.
“My nan would always be at the front door looking out for everyone; anyone who knew them would say the same thing.”
The couple leave behind two children, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.