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December 12, 2020


Elderly Man Delivered Christmas Gifts For 14 Years After He Passed Away

Child Creates Special Bond With Neighbor

Owen Williams and his wife moved into their Wales home in early 2015 and became fast friends with their elderly neighbor, widower Ken Watson. When they had their daughter, Cadi, a short year later – Ken truly embraced the new role of a grandfatherly figure to the growing family.

According to Barry & District News, Ken was a retired commercial deep sea diver and eagerly filled his time inspiring the people around him. He often visited the Owen residence bearing gifts for Cadi.

When Ken passed away in October of 2018, Owen and Caroline Williams were surprised by a visit from Ken Watson’s daughter just a few short days later. She appeared at their door holding a large bag full of Christmas presents for Cadi for the next 14 years, the BBC reported.

“It’s difficult describing it because it was so unexpected. I don’t know how long he put them away whether it was over the last two years or whether he bought them towards the end of his life.”

The story went viral, being picked up by several major news outlets across the globe. Ken's wish was to see Cardi open one gift a year for 14 years. As her parents wondered what to make of the generosity, Owen, Cardi's father, ran a poll on the social media site to see if they should simply allow Cardi to open all of the gifts at once.

The overwhelming response was to respect Mr. Watson's wishes and have Cardi open each gift one year at a time.

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