Sec­ond time around

Love re­unites cou­ple apart for more than 40 years

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE SCOTCHTOWN

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.”

SHARON MONT­GOMERY-DUPE/CAPE BRE­TON POST

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.

Jow­ers

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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.

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Angie Willems and her for­mer hus­band hus­band David Jow­ers taken more than 40 years ago when they were mar­ried and liv­ing in Aus­tralia.

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