Sunday 22 April 2018

Widow who lost her late husband’s wedding ring on Monday appeals to the public to help her find it

Suzanne and Olivier on their wedding day.
Suzanne and Olivier on their wedding day.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A widow who lost her late husband’s wedding ring on Monday night in the Dublin 4 area has appealed to the public to help her find it.

Suzanne Grellety (44) was visiting St Vincent’s Hospital on Monday for a scan, and after she left the hospital that evening she realised the ring was missing.

Suzanne’s husband Olivier (38) died in March 2014 in a boating accident off the coast of Cannes, France. Since his death, she says she has worn his ring on a chain around her neck as a comfort.

“I was very, very lucky to be married to Olivier. The ring helped so much. When I hold the ring I feel comforted. When I’m sad or lonely, it makes me feel better. The first thing I do in the morning is kiss it. I went to kiss it this morning and it wasn’t there.”

Suzanne and Olivier on their wedding day.
Suzanne and Olivier on their wedding day.

The clasp on Suzanne's chain may have opened while she was walking between St Vincent’s Hospital and the Merrion Tesco shopping centre, and the ring fell off.

“I had to take it off in Vincent’s for the scan. I’ve worn it since he died. It’s been my talisman. It gives me comfort. I like to have it on me. I travel a lot and I have it with me all of the time.”

“As I was walking down the stairs in Vincent’s, I checked that I had put it on me because it’s so important to me and then I went to Tesco. I only realised an hour later when I got home to Bray that it was gone.”

“I literally got down on my hands and knees and checked under every single shelf in Tesco but I couldn’t find anything.”

“I contacted gardai in Donnybrook and they put it in their system. The next morning I got to Vincent’s before light, before the cars came in to the city, I searched the gutters, searched the roads, searched everywhere.”

Suzanne and Olivier were married for seven years. She described him as “wonderful” and said he died a hero.

“He was a wonderful guy. I feel that he died a hero because he was trying to save his friend who died with him.”

 “Literally the weekend before he died, I texted him and said ‘what about this seven year itch’, we’re grand,” she joked.

“The ring’s value to me is indescribable. It’s worth nothing to anyone except to me. It’s battered. It’s been hugged and touched a lot, it’s irreplaceable.”

“Maybe someone has it and they haven’t handed it in yet. Maybe they were intending to hand it in at the weekend.”

“Just in case anyone that was there in the area at the time. I told UCD because a lot of students use that shopping centre and they’ve put notices up.”

“I think I might have heard it fall but it just didn’t register… somewhere between walking down the stairs and the Tesco it must have fallen.”

Suzanne embarked on a solo walking trip across Corsica while wearing the ring, and she also did a sky dive while wearing it.

Anyone with information on the ring can contact 0863780990.

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