Where is my dead wife’s wedding ring?
WIDOWER HEARTBROKEN AS HIS PARTNER’S BELONGINGS GO MISSING AFTER HOSPITAL DEATH
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