Workers Shovel All Winter So Widower Can Honor Wife
They volunteered to keep path clear for 82-year-old
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 4, 2015 8:17 AM CST
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(Newser) – Two park employees in Fond du Lac, Wis., have been shoveling a lot of extra snow this winter in the name of love. Since Bud Caldwell's wife of 56 years died two years ago, the 82-year-old has been visiting a bench dedicated to her in the park every day to tell her about the previous day and leave a penny and a daisy in memory of their two favorite songs, "Pennies From Heaven" and "A Daisy a Day." When heavy snow last month left him unable to reach the bench, workers Jerrod Ebert and Kevin Schultz, who had noticed his ritual, saw him sitting in his car and decided to keep the path clear for him all winter so he could continue to talk to his beloved wife every day, CBS 58 reports.

"We just felt it was something you should do. We are here to be stewards, to help out," Ebert, who has worked for the city parks department for 15 years, tells the Fond du Lac Reporter. "We didn't do it for any kind of recognition." The workers say the path Caldwell takes isn't usually cleared in the winter, but it will now be shoveled every time it snows. "What an extraordinary act of kindness from two young men to one old man," Caldwell tells the Reporter. (Three other kindhearted people grabbed their snow shovels to save a moose buried by an avalanche last month.)