A devoted Sheffield couple who could not bear to be apart have been laid to rest holding hands in a double coffin.
The family and friends of Victor and Elsie Bower gathered at Grenoside Crematorium, Grenoside, Sheffield, to say goodbye to the teenage sweethearts, who had been married for 60 years.
The couple, of Parson Cross, passed away within nine days of each other and their family did not want them to be parted by death.
Elsie, aged 80, died of a broken heart on Tuesday, February 17, just days after her beloved husband Victor, 82, died.
When funeral director Michael Fogg, of Woodhouse, heard about the pair, he arranged for them to be laid to rest in a double coffin – the first time one has been used in a service in South Yorkshire.
Speaking before the funeral, their daughter Sharon, aged 54, also of Parson Cross, said: “They were always together. They used to cry a lot if they ever had to spend time apart.
“They were really close and always together. They always had their little jokes with each other, always laughing.
“Dad was a hopeless romantic and made sure to buy my mum flowers and take her out for nice meals. She was a lucky lady. Although my mum had medical problems, it was a broken heart that she died from.
“We knew she was going to die, it was just a case of when because she said to us: ‘I’m sorry for leaving you all’.
“They lived together and died together, so it was only right they went together too.”
The couple had been married for 60 years after tying the knot on March 27, 1954.
They had two children, Sharon and Susan, nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Victor was diagnosed with cancer in 2009 and had gone into remission, only for it to return last year. He passed away at Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Sunday, February 8.
Elsie suffered with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and was suffering pneumonia when she died in Northern General Hospital.