Hawaii man brings flowers to wife's grave almost every day

Ted Richardson places carnations on his wife's grave six days a week. (Photo: Hawaii News Now)

HONOLULU, Hawaii (WTHR) - A Hawaii man has made it a near-daily ritual to visit his wife's grave for the past five years in a gesture he calls "payback" for more than 70 years of patience and love.

Ted Richardson was 16 when he met his wife Florence, then 14, in their hometown in Pennsylvania in 1941. After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served in World War II, carrying her photograph with him everywhere he went.

"She was beautiful. I didn't mind looking at her all the time," he told Hawaii News Now.

Ted and Florence Richardson (Photo: Hawaii News Now)

When the war was over, the couple married and started their life together.

Ted said his wife, who worked for the FBI, only lost her temper once in their 72 years of marriage.

"And it was my fault!" he said.

So to pay her back, Ted takes three bus rides to the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to pay his respects, each time bringing mini carnations for Florence's grave.

"When you first put them in, they're just buds. Then about three days later, they open up," he said.

Since she passed away five years ago, Ted said he's visited her grave more than 1,300 times, marking each one on the calendar when he gets home.

At 93 years old, Ted said he plans to keep his ritual going "as long as I can go. God will tell me when I've had enough."

And after Ted passes and is buried alongside his bride, Florence will continue to get flowers. He arranged with his church to bring fresh flowers to her grave once a month after he dies.

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