Man Celebrates 67th Wedding Anniversary Separated From Wife By Window After Nursing Home Visitors Banned

This heartbreaking video shows the moment a husband and wife celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary separated by a window due to her nursing home no longer allowing visitors:

Bob Shellard isn’t allowed to see his wife Nancy after the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo banned all nursing home visitors in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

But that didn’t stop Bob going above and beyond to ensure his beloved wife felt like a ‘queen’.

Bob turned up to the nursing home in Connecticut, US, with a homemade sign that read: “I’ve loved your 67 years and still do. Happy anniversary.”

He held the sign up to Nancy’s window alongside some balloons and she looked out, waving and blowing kisses from the second floor.

Man Celebrates 67th Wedding Anniversary Separated From Wife By Window After Nursing Home Visitors Banned
Nancy and Bob. Credit: Family

Speaking to NBC New York, Bob – who used to visit his wife every single day before the ban came into action – said: “I wish I could be with her. It makes me feel bad because I want her down with me and I know she can’t.”

He added: “I wouldn’t want anybody else. I don’t think she could put up with anybody else besides me.”

The pair, who had four children together after marrying in their early 20s have been an ‘inspiration’ to their kids. Their daughter Laura Mikolajczak told NBC: “It’s just been an example for us, for all of us of kids.”

Man Celebrates 67th Wedding Anniversary Separated From Wife By Window After Nursing Home Visitors Banned
This is the first anniversary Nancy and Bob have spent apart. Credit: Family

She went on: “So all four of us have really learned a lot from them and I can only hope that I have half as much as what they have shared over the years.

“They have always been an inspiration to us and I think just seeing every year go by that they still express it in some way on their anniversary. There’s just a sweetness to the two of them and what they share.”