93-year-old braves the heat to visit wife's grave every day
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 12:48 PM - Ninety-three-year-old Ted Richardson is a regular visitor to the Veteran's cemetery in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Like clockwork, he shows up six days a week to visit the grave of his wife Florence who died five years ago.
Ted was 16 and Florence was 14 when they first met in Pennsylvania in 1941.
"And I went home and told my daddy that night I saw the girl I was going to marry. He said, 'What's her name?' I said, 'I don't know.' I didn't know," Richardson told CNN.
Shortly after he enlisted in the marines and fought in WWII. Her photograph went with him everywhere.
"She was beautiful. I didn't mind looking at her all the time," he said.
Florence worked for the FBI and became a school teacher. The two were married for 72 years, until Florence passed away in 2013.
"I owe her that much," he said of his visits.
"For 72 years she lost her temper only once in 72 years, and that was my fault."
It takes Ted three bus rides to get from his Waikiki apartment to the foot of the cemetery, where security staffers drive him up the hill.
He often brings flowers with him.
"I use mini carnations because when you first put them in they're just buds. Then about three days later they open up."
After he dies, he plans to be buried beside her. When that happens, he's made arrangements with his church to bring flowers to her grave once a month.