Love comes around

Frederick Paul and Florence Harvey.

The high school sweethearts first met seven decades ago in Wandsworth, Newfoundland, when Frederick, as a young man, would flicker his porch light before going to bed every night.

It was his way of saying goodnight to Florence, who lived across the bay, less than a kilometre away.

Both “downhomers” went on to marry other people and build families over five-plus decades.

Frederick, 84, lost his first wife, Helen, to multiple health challenges that ended with dementia in 2019. Florence, 81, lost her first husband, Len, to cancer in 2017.

But time passed and hearts were healing.

In February, Valentine’s Day, to be exact, Florence reached out by telephone to Frederick to extend her support, having heard the news of his wife’s death.

Conversations turned to marriage and a life together.