Husband serenades wife of 73 years as she lies on her deathbed

Howard, from Sarasota in Florida, sang "You'll Never Know" which his wife sang to him as he left to fight in the Second World War

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A video has emerged of a man serenading his wife of 73 years on her deathbed with a song she sang to him as he went fight in the Second World War.

Howard, 92, from Sarasota in Florida, sang “You’ll Never Know” to Laura, 93, as she lay in her hospice bed in a touching video recorded by their granddaughter, Erin Solari.

The song, a popular love song first written for the movie Hello, Frisco, Hello in 1943, is particularly poignant for the couple as Laura would sing the song to him, and to herself for comfort, during the war.

They later performed it as a duet when they renewed their vows on their 50th wedding anniversary.

Laura, who has macular degeneration and can no longer see, heard Howard enter the room and asked if she could hold him as he sang to her.

Ms Solari wrote: “Laura (Grandma) is at a hospice facility making peace with her final days. I was lucky enough to capture this precious, heart-melting moment between the two of them.

“Howard (Grandpa) is singing to her their love song, the song that comforted her when he went away to fight in World War II.

“At family gatherings, it was not uncommon for the two of them to sing this song together, each taking a verse and serenading the other.”

She said the response to the video, which was first posted on Facebook, was an “outpouring of love [which] lifted everyone's spirits” and eventually convinced the hospice staff that she was well enough to go home to spend her final days with her husband.

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