Tony Williams, a lonely 75-year-old pensioner, has placed an advert in his front room window asking for friends after the sudden loss of his wife Jo, who was also 75, in May.
Lonely pensioner puts advert in his window: Mr Williams, a retired physicist, has no children and sits at home day after day with no one to talk to. Asked about his life, he said that he “wills the phone to ring but it never does” and that he feels “cursed” by loneliness.
As he had no family that lived near him, he decided to place adverts in a local paper asking for friendship but got no replies. After this rejection he decided to have business cards made to hand out to people he met when he was walking or in the supermarket and handed out many cards but did not get a call from anyone either.
He said as a “last resort” he put a large advertisement in his window asking for friends. He said “I’ve tried everything to make friends, but it feels like nobody wants to talk to me. Not very many people pass my house, but I was hoping it would spread around the community, and someone might reach out”.
He went on to say that it isn’t a cry for help and he doesn’t want someone to sit listening to his woes. His married life with Jo was “perfect harmony” and he just really misses her. He said that, although they could never have children, he described his wife as his “soul mate”.
Jo fell ill last year after they had moved to Alton, Hampshire, to be near her sister. She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer but died just 9 days after the diagnosis.
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