Second time around
Love reunites couple apart for more than 40 years
Love always finds a way, even if it takes four decades.
In an extraordinary love story, Angie Willems, 61, of Scotchtown, is preparing to move to England to remarry her first husband David Jowers, 71, a man she had not seen or heard from in more than 40 years.
“I never in my wildest dreams thought we would be together again after all these years,” she said with a huge smile, while wiping a tear away. “To me, that’s the thing of fairy tales.”
Willems was born in London, England, and grew up in Haverhill, a town in Suffolk. She was only 17 years old when she met Jowers 44 years ago, who was 27 at the time and lived in a neighbouring town.
They married a year later and moved to Australia but the marriage only lasted three years. Willems eventually moved to Ontario and Jowers went back to England.
“We were just too young and not ready for marriage.”
Willems remarried in 1980 and had two children but 25 years later the marriage ended. She eventually met a Cape Breton man and ended up moving to Cape Breton where they bought a house in Scotchtown.
However a sudden breakup found her alone again in June 2015. She found the summer and fall difficult as she worked to pick up the pieces to her life. She had previously booked a flight to England for November for a month’s visit with family and to take in her nephew’s wedding.
“The timing was good as I was going through a hard time and needed to get away.”
She had a great time in London, but had no way of knowing on her last day there that her life would change forever. She was quietly sitting in the Deja-vu coffee shop in Haverhill when all of a sudden Jowers walked by .
“I tapped on the window,” she said, admitting it was quite a shock to see him.
She said the connection was instant.
“We stayed together for an hour and a half and talked non stop.”
She found out Jowers had also remarried but it hadn’t lasted long and he had been alone for about 10 years.
Willems said they started texting every day and then after about five weeks began making little calls to each other.
“We have been in touch every single day since I came back from that holiday.”
In a phone call from Haverhill, Jowers said on the day in question as he was walking by the coffee shop when he spotted someone sitting inside smiling at him.
“I looked over my shoulder wondering who she was smiling at.”
Seeing no one behind him, he opened the door and stuck his head around the corner.
“Within a second I just took a big gasp and said, ‘Angie,” he said.
“It was amazing as we hadn’t had a chat in over 40 years.”
They had a quick goodbye kiss and went opposite ways. He kept turning around to see if by chance she was doing the same.
“We exchanged telephone numbers and email addresses but I knew at this point I had to see her again,” he added.
In May 2016 Jowers traveled to Cape Breton and stayed for a month.
Jowers said when they were together 40 years ago they were both young.
“She use to be in my mind but I never thought I’d see her again.”
Angie Willems of Scotchtown relaxes at Dominion Beach, a favourite spot for her and former husband David Jowers of Haverhill, England, during a recent trip he made to Cape Breton to visit her. After being separated for more than 40 years the couple reunited after a chance meeting in a coffee shop and Willems is preparing to move back to England to marry him for a second time.
Angie Willems, of Scotchtown, and her former husband David Jowers of Haverhill, England, during a recent trip Jowers made to Canada to visit her. After being apart for 40 years, Willems will be leaving for England on March 6 to marry him for a second time.
Angie Willems and her former husband husband David Jowers taken more than 40 years ago when they were married and living in Australia.