Lloyd’s love lingers for his dear Au­drey

Re­flec­tions of life well loved as wid­ower ap­proaches 90 years

Central and North Burnett Times - - OVER 50S -

LOVE sto­ries are of­ten about cas­tles and white knights.

Lloyd Duf­fin’s love story is about the qui­eter things: part­ner­ship, kind­ness and stick­ing to­gether.

Mr Duf­fin lost his wife, Au­drey, last year, but to hear him talk, she is still very much a part of him.

“We were mar­ried for 65 years, 4 months, and 14 days,” he said.

“It would be nice to have had more – I didn’t ex­pect her to go.

“She was my friend and my part­ner and my lover.”

Al­though they were both born in Mun­dub­bera, their re­la­tion­ship be­gan when they were in Mary­bor­ough for work.

Lloyd went there to do a trade in the rail­way and Au­drey worked at the Mary­bor­ough hospi­tal as a nurse.

“That was the be­gin­ning of our ro­mance,” Lloyd said.

“We did our court­ing on the bi­cy­cle.

“She sat on the han­dle­bars and I sat on the seat and ped­dled.”

While Lloyd did the work at the be­gin­ning of their re­la­tion­ship, they soon de­vel­oped a true part­ner­ship.

When they re­turned to the North Bur­nett, Au­drey helped Lloyd in the pad­dock at their dairy.

With three chil­dren, she was also kept busy sewing clothes for the fam­ily.

“We had a few ups and downs, too, and lots of times we didn’t know where the

Lloyd Duf­fin ...lots of times we didn’t know where the next dol­lar was com­ing from...

next dol­lar was com­ing from,” Lloyd said.

“We would just tighten our belts and do with­out things.”

His favourite thing about his late wife was her big heart.

Au­drey was a car­ing per­son who would al­ways help out oth­ers in need.

She had a knack with older people and helped when her grand­mother had de­men­tia.

“She used to sleep next to her to keep her from wan­der­ing,” Lloyd said.

“She was over­gen­er­ous some­times and I would go crook at her, ‘you’ll give away ev­ery­thing we got’.”

Turn­ing 89 in Oc­to­ber, Lloyd pon­dered what he would do next.

He has been keep­ing him­self busy with read­ing, gar­den­ing and his fam­ily in Mun­dub­bera.

“I’m try­ing to make it to my nineties,” he said.

“I might go on a bus trip around the gulf.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

GREAT LOVE: Lloyd Duf­fin re­mem­bers his great ro­mance with his late wife Au­drey.

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