A widower who lost his wife to Alzheimer's 72 years after their first kiss has touched hearts across Britain by penning a moving poem in her memory. Bob Lowe, 93, described the deep loneliness he has felt since his wife Kath died three years ago in his work Ode to Kath.
Their relationship survived the Second World War and they were together for six more decades. But the terrible disease took its toll in her later years, until one day she asked him: 'Where's Bob?'
Ode to Kath begins with the words: 'I am alone, now I know it's true. There was a time when we were two.'
The poem prompted an instant outpouring of support yesterday after Bob read out his work on BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live to raise awareness of a loneliness helpline. BBC bosses said 'We've been overwhelmed by reaction from across the world since. People have wanted to share their experiences saying Bob's poem had made them realise they were not alone in their loneliness and grief. '
Bob and Kath met in 1937 but were separated when the Second World War broke out in 1939. Despite the distance, they sent each other love notes and photographs and Bob proposed to his love while he was on active service. They wed in 1946 upon his return and a friend who worked for Kodak recorded their wedding video in colour. They went on to have two daughters and a son. Bob said: 'Well, you're going back to 1937, I met my Kath. She was lovely.