Posted September 17, 2013 by DJ Enuff in News

After Wife Of 63 Years Dies, Man Catches Date With Second Love [Photos]

According to CNN “For years, Allan Munroe refused to leave his wife’s side. Norma, his bride of more than six decades, was battling stage four lung cancer.

As her health declined, Munroe welcomed the distraction of his second love: the Boston Red Sox. He kept his TV tuned to his favorite team’s games to keep his mind off losing the woman he describes as the “better part of himself.”

Norma Munroe died in May. Angela McKinnon said that after her grandmother’s death she knew she had to get her grandfather to Fenway one last time, if only because of his age and health.

The only thing Allan Munroe loves more than the Red Sox is his wife, Norma. She died in May.

“After everything that happened, it was a horrible ordeal. We were talking about how life is short, and you just kind of have to make things happen,” she said.

Next weekend, Munroe will travel 1,000 miles to see his favorite team play in person for the first time in 50 years. His dream is coming true thanks to the generosity of strangers and a crowd-funding page his granddaughter set up.

McKinnon decided to start a GoFundMe page called “ShipGpaUpToBoston” (named for the Dropkick Murphy’s song “I’m Shipping Up To Boston,” a Boston sports team anthem.)

“Now is the time for my grandfather’s wish to come true, because no one is guaranteed tomorrow,” she wrote on the website.

Allan and Norma Munroe were married 63 years.

Munroe has had a number of medical setbacks in the past few years, including recently breaking his hip and being in the early stages of dementia.

The family had no money to get Munroe from his home in Florida to Fenway. McKinnon asked for help, but the donations came in slowly. She then started tweeting her grandfather’s story to everyone she could.

Eventually, McKinnon’s mission to get her grandfather to Boston caught the attention of one very important member of the Red Sox organization: owner John Henry’s wife, Linda Pizzuti Henry.

Pizzuti Henry e-mailed McKinnon, saying in part: “Your grandfather sounds like an incredible man. Best of luck with your trip. I will happily provide game tickets, lunch at the game, and a private tour of the ballpark. Let me know the number of tickets needed.””



[CNN News article: Marlena Baldacci]