For months he had struggled to communicate, the power of speech fading with his life.
But hand-in-hand once more with the woman he had loved for 40 years, John Clark summoned his strength one last time.
‘Grace, I love you. Grace, I love you. I love you,’ the 86-year-old said to his frail wife, lying on a hospital bed, in Tampa, Florida.
Within 24 hours both had died peacefully.
‘I love you’: John Clark (left), who had been unable to speak for months, spoke clearly to tell wife Grace (right) his feelings as she lay in hospital. Within 24 hours they had both died peacefully
Mr Clark had been residing in an assisted living facility in Tampa, Florida. His wife Grace, 81, would visit him everyday until she suffered a heart attack in late June.
His step-son Fred Hearns, 63, told Mr Clark that his wife was sick but did not go into details until her condition deteriorated.
Then on July 22 he told his step-father that Mrs Clark was getting worse each day and then drove him to the hospital to visit his wife of more than 40 years.