Elderly couple die after wife ventures out in freezing cold to find husband

'Two beautiful lights have ceased to shine and this world will be forever a darker place', reads tribute

Ryan Butcher
Saturday 06 January 2018 21:22
Comments
The couple's love was 'beautifully precious', a relative said (File photo)
The couple's love was 'beautifully precious', a relative said (File photo)

An elderly couple died within hours of each other after a man had a heart attack outdoors and his devoted wife froze to death in the brutal cold after she went looking for him.

Grant Triebner, 90, and his wife Ada Triebner, 83, were found by police on their property in Ontario, Canada.

Police found Mr Triebner's body inside an open barn on their property and said he died of a heart attack, and Mrs Triebner's body was found nearby in the snow.

A statement from the Ontario-based Haskett Funeral Homes said: "Two beautiful lights have ceased to shine and this world will be forever a darker place."

There has been an outpouring of emotional tributes on the funeral home's website from family, friends and well-wishers alike, with one relative, Ethel-Lori Triebner, saying the couple would have been "humbled" by the attention their relationship was receiving.

"They shared a love so beautifully precious, complete strangers sense the measure of Earth's loss," she wrote.

"I couldn't have asked God for a better example of unconditional acceptance and grace in my life. I'll always remember Aunt Ada's gentle soul and the way Uncle Grant's laugh danced across my heart."

Rob and Karen Jolly added: "They were, to us, an amazing example of how a marriage should be. They very obviously adored each other."

And Jim Rowe, a neighbour who had lived across the road from the Triebners for 64 years, told Canada's National Post: "They were very close. They loved being in their home."

Mr Triebner had worked as a crop farmer before he retired and also drove a school bus. His wife was a school teacher.

The couple lost a son to cystic fibrosis in 1987, but are survived by two daughters and several grandchildren.

The National Post reports that Mr Triebner was still very active at 90 and was often seen outdoors, clearing the driveway with his snowblower in winter or cycling in summer.

The Triebners were also both active members of their local church and would volunteer their time and money to community causes.

Temperatures had dropped to nearly -10C on Wednesday when they were found, and Canada continues to be gripped by an extreme cold snap.

Some areas of Ontario have plunged below -20C in the past week – which could feel closer to -35C or -40C thanks to the wind chill, with winds reaching up to 50km per hour in parts.

Most of southern and eastern Ontario, including Toronto, has been issued with an 'extreme cold' weather warning.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged in