Where is my dead wife’s wed­ding ring?


Bangor Mail - - News - Ly­dia Mor­ris

AGRIEVING wid­ower says he was left heart­bro­ken when his wife’s wed­ding ring went miss­ing af­ter she died in hos­pi­tal.

Ron Tinker, 92, said the band dis­ap­peared af­ter Pauline, died at Ys­byty Gwynedd in Ban­gor on Sun­day, Jan­uary 5.

Her glasses, shoes and the clothes she wore when she was ini­tially ad­mit­ted to A&E on Box­ing Day have also gone miss­ing, a dev­as­tated Mr Tinker claims.

De­spite not be­ing able to visit his wife af­ter she be­came ill, Mr Tinker, from Llangefni, An­gle­sey, said his son Antony saw her wear­ing the ring on her fin­ger days be­fore she died.

The fam­ily, who had planned for the ring to be passed on to Mrs Tinker’s daugh­ter, be­lieve it dis­ap­peared af­ter she was taken from He­bog Ward to the mor­tu­ary.

A Betsi Cad­wal­adr Uni­ver­sity Health Board spokes­woman said the hos­pi­tal will con­tinue to keep the fam­ily up­dated on their ef­forts to find the miss­ing items.

Mr Tinker, a for­mer Bletch­ley Park out­sta­tion wire­less op­er­a­tor who was mar­ried to his wife for 67 years, said: “I’m very dis­ap­pointed that such a thing could ever hap­pen, and no­body is com­ing up with an­swers.

“I feel ter­ri­ble about it. It’s been a very up­set­ting time for my daugh­ter, too.

“When the am­bu­lance came to take my wife to hos­pi­tal on Box­ing Day, she left the house wear­ing her nor­mal clothes, she had her glasses on and her wed­ding ring.

“She only thought she was go­ing in for a few hours, so she never took any­thing else with her.

“I’ve been in touch with the hos­pi­tal on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions and all they have said is that they’re look­ing into it.

“They said they’ve checked with the morgue and they’ve not seen any­thing.

“All the funeral direc­tors had was one of her night­ies. They’ve tried their best to find out what hap­pened to her stuff too, and they can’t get any­where ei­ther.”

Af­ter be­com­ing dis­ori­en­tated on Box­ing Day, Mrs Tinker, 88, a for­mer short­hand typ­ist, was ad­mit­ted to A&E be­fore be­ing taken to He­bog ward, where she died days later from pneu­mo­nia.

Her son Antony, 62, said: “Ev­ery time my dad has called, he’s spo­ken to some­body dif­fer­ent who tell him they’re look­ing into it.

“We’ve had no an­swers and every­one seems to just be pass­ing the buck, there seems to be a to­tal lack of in­ter­est. I last saw her on He­bog ward about a week be­fore she died and I saw she had the ring on her wed­ding fin­ger then.”

He added: “It was be­ing passed on to my sis­ter, and she meant the world to my mum.

“They have crushed the chance of it be­ing passed on, which is ab­so­lutely de­spi­ca­ble. It’s a dis­grace.

“We would also have liked to have buried her glasses. It was as if she had lost her per­son­al­ity without them. It was a shame.”

Meinir Wil­liams, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor at Ys­byty Gwynedd, said: “We recog­nise how up­set­ting this must be for Mr Tinker and his fam­ily and we will con­tinue to keep them up­dated on our ef­forts to find the miss­ing items.

“We have clear poli­cies in place to doc­u­ment and safe­guard the per­sonal prop­erty of peo­ple ad­mit­ted to our hos­pi­tals. As a re­sult, the num­ber of items which are re­ported miss­ing ev­ery year is very small.”

■ Ron Tinker said the band dis­ap­peared af­ter Pauline, died at Ys­byty Gwynedd in Ban­gor

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