Widower's Dinner Date: Photo of Late Wife
Man in viral photos is happy to talk to anyone who asks about love of his life
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2014 10:46 AM CDT
The man in the photo was reportedly happy to talk about his late wife to anyone who asked.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Determined not to forget his true love after her death five years ago, an elderly man has been bringing along a photo of her during his outings to a California burger joint. Multiple patrons have spotted the widower at an In-N-Out Burger, seated with a photo of his deceased wife in front of him. Photos of the loving husband have gone viral, and folks who've approached him say he has been "happy and excited to talk about her." Madina Bashizadah tweeted a photo of the man last week and emailed the Huffington Post that when she saw him, "I started tearing up because it was such a beautiful moment but heartbreaking at the same time." She says that he told diners that he met his wife when they were both 17, lost touch for 10 years, then married "instantly" once they reunited—they were together for 55 years before she died.

Imgur user soulrose spotted the man on an earlier outing, Fox News reports, and wanted to try to "brighten his day," but the diner ended up brightening soulrose's day instead by revealing he still celebrates his wife's birthday and their anniversary. Other sweet revelations from their conversation:

  • "I was a very rich man. Not with money, but with love."
  • "I never had a single argument with my wife, but we had lots of debates."
  • "Tell your wife that you love her every day. And be sure to ask her: Have I told you that I love you lately?"
(This man dove deep underwater to leave something special for his deceased wife.)