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This story is so moving! It made me reflect on good strong marriages all day today. Young couples see an older couple still holding hands, hugging and kissing and go “Man, I hope we are like that as we grow old together.” And older couples look at newer couples and smile as they reflect upon their life together. Young married couples should try to find an older married couple and learn from them. Start asking questions as to how they have managed to stay married and in love all these years. Older couples should mentor newlyweds.

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Lee Ballantyne lost his wife, Carol, just before New Year’s Eve. They had been married 43 years.

After Losing His Wife to Cancer, a Widower Decided to Eat Alone at a Restaurant for the First Time — What He Did Before He Left Made People Cry Lee and Carol Ballantyne (Image source: Facebook/Today)

A week after her death, commencing with days and nights filled with many firsts, Ballantyne did something strangely novel: He ate alone at a restaurant.

At Cicco’s Ristorante north of Toronto, the widower saw something that brought memories of Carol flooding into his mind — a couple sitting next him who reminded Ballantyne of his marriage of nearly half a century.

“I just wanted to write what I felt at the time so I scrawled it on a napkin,” Ballantyne, 65, told “Today.” Here’s what the Barrie, Ontario, man wrote:

After Losing His Wife to Cancer, a Widower Decided to Eat Alone at a Restaurant for the First Time — What He Did Before He Left Made People Cry Image source: Reddit

Ballantyne gave the note to the waitress and asked her to put the couple’s bill on his credit card. The waitress asked Cicco’s owner Lindsay Weiss to assist bestowing the note to the…

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