I met by chance Roberta Williams, a bank manager in Olds, Alta. We were both divorced and hesitant to look past tomorrow. But we clicked on all cylinders, and love happened! Roberta overcame serious complications from surgery but we got through that. Our love grew and we were married in 1985.
We had an acreage, and while I worked away for three weeks at a time, Roberta would mow and trim the lawns and service the lawn mowers and have our yard looking pristine so that we could enjoy my days off together. She was also my company manager, secretary, treasurer and my best friend.
We travelled extensively, purchased a lakefront home in the Flathead Valley and enjoyed our life together. We sold the lakefront home to build our dream home here in Pincher Creek in 1995.
Roberta did most everything while I was away at work. She ordered and bought lumber, paid contractors, supervised and dealt with officials. She cleaned, painted and did whatever needed to be done while our home was being built.
Roberta was a hard worker, and a loyal and compassionate friend. Once, a friend called and hoped for help to get a costly treatment in the United States. Roberta gave that help. Another time, which I will never forget, a man came into the tavern we were eating in, selling old newspapers. He was shooed away from the tables but when he got to ours, Roberta said, “What papers do you have?” They were all two or three days old, but she said, “I’ll take three!” The man said, “I can’t take that; it is way too much money.” Roberta replied, “Then give me three more papers.” That is who she was.
As her health deteriorated, we were unable to travel, but she maintained her love for her family and grandchildren, and loved hearing from them. Her ongoing health problems were compounded by pneumonia and Covid. Her body had nothing left to fight with, and despite her doctors and nurses at her bedside, she passed away on Aug. 11, 2023.
I was fortunate and blessed by God to have been married for 38 years to the sweetest person I have ever known.