Sunday 18 March 2018

Husband and wife married for 74 years died within two weeks of each other

Richard and Judy Sowerby. Photo: Carlow Nationalist
Richard and Judy Sowerby. Photo: Carlow Nationalist Newsdesk Newsdesk

A husband and wife who were married for almost 75 years have died within two weeks of each other.

The Nationalist have paid a moving tribute to a husband and wife who died within two weeks of each other.

Julia (Judy) Sowerby, was born and raised in Graiguecullen, Carlow. She passed away on Saturday, June 10 in England at the age of 96.

Two weeks later, her husband Richard (Reg) Sowerby died aged 97.

Judy had emigrated to England at 18 to become a nurse.

Shortly after her arrival, she travelled to Coventry to attend the wedding of her sister Lily.

The newspaper reports that on the same night she arrived in Coventry, the city was ravaged by German bombs and Judy was forced to flee. She left all her belongings behind, including her passport.

Without her proper documentation, Judy became an illegal emigrant and had to abandon her dreams of becoming a nurse.

Like many women during World War Two, she found a job in a munitions factory and it was there that she met her future husband Reg.

A few years later she pursued a new career; selling dress materials at markets.

As the business took off, Reg left his job and joined Judy in the new family venture.

Their family told The Nationalist that the couple were rarely separated for long and after they retired they spent time travelling around the world; taking in far-flung locations such as Papua New Guinea, Australia and Canada.

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