After spending 47 years together, Patricia and Leslie McWaters have died together too.
The couple have raised children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren by each other’s side and now it has been revealed the pair died within the same minute of each other.
“They literally did everything together and although we’re shocked about it, when we look at it, we also think it’s not so surprising, because they were together all the time and they had so much fun together in life,” one of their two daughters, Joana Sisk said.
At first glance, the two were quite different: she was a no-nonsense retired nurse, and he was a fun-loving veteran and retired truck driver. She was the boss, and he was the king of one-liners.
While Patricia and Leslie were quite different in many ways, Sisk says they connected through their genuine kindness and care for other people.
“Pat was the most beautiful woman ever and boy did she look good in hot pants and go-go boots!” Sisk remembers her father saying.
However, when Pat went to hospital to be treated for a coronavirus infection, she was told to go home and isolate.
She followed the instructions carefully since she had over 35 years in the medical field, but she still felt poorly.
The following week, the couple went to the hospital again, this time in an ambulance and remained there for a week.
When they both died of the virus, the hospital staff tending to them said their times were too close to call, and recorded the exact same time: Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 4:23pm.
“Those of us that know them, know that Mum went first and said, ‘LD, it’s time to go!'” Sisk said.
Sisk says she hopes her parent’s sad but powerful story would encourage more people to wear a mask and self-isolate if possible.
“I’m so thrilled that my mom, being the nurse that she was … that even in heaven she’s going to keep saving lives and it means so much,” Sisk said.
This article originally appeared on Over60.