Dad dies ‘of broken heart’ just days after daughter passed away in sleep
A devastated dad has died of a 'broken heart' days after his daughter passed away in her sleep.
Alec Snowden, 77, was found lifeless in bed by grief-stricken wife, Glenis Snowden.
Tragedy struck just days after daughter Caroline Snowden, 45, was also found dead in her bed.
Heartbroken widow Glenis, 69, is trying to come to terms with losing both her husband and daughter in the space of a fortnight.
She is also considering moving home because of the trauma of finding their bodies.
"In the space of two weeks I have found my daughter and husband dead," she told Grimsby Live.
"I can't go into either of their rooms. I am going to have to move because I can't face it. I am having to sleep in a spare room."
The devoted mother, married to Alec for 52 years, went to make him a cup of tea in the morning and discovered he had died unexpectedly.
She had done the same for her daughter just two weeks earlier at the family home in Cleethorpes that they all shared.
Caroline suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Glenis said the loss of their youngest daughter had broken her husband's heart.
He had suffered a major heart attack shortly after Caroline's death on December 4.
He was discharged home but on the morning of December 17 his wife tragically found his lifeless body.
Both the father and daughter were buried together at a double family funeral in Cleethorpes.
Glenis said: "He died from a broken heart. The loss of Caroline was devastating for us all.
"He had heart surgery about 10 years ago. But he had a heart attack and was treated in hospital. He told the nurses it should have been him who died, not Caroline.
"Caroline and Alec are buried together so they will be together wherever they are."
She wept remembering the happy family holidays they all shared as a family, with Caroline's elder sister, Tracy and brother Martin.
They enjoyed caravan holidays to Cornwall, Skegness, Mablethorpe and Lakeside, North Somercotes.
Alec had won a site nobbly knees competition one summer at Lakeside.
He owned his own block paving business which he ran with his son, Martin.
They laid the paving and blocks for Sainsbury's and neighbouring Alexandra Retail Park and also the Grimsby bus station when it was first built on Riverhead.
It was moved to the Victoria Street terminus to make way for a proposed cinema complex.
But North East Lincolnshire Council chiefs are considering returning the bus station to its original site.
"He would have liked that," said Glenis.
Paying tribute to daughter Caroline, the mum said: "She made a lot of friends and got to know a lot of people."
She enjoyed horse riding and sports. She married Glenn Cullum, around eight years ago and remained friends after they separated.
She stopped work when daughter Sophie was born. Caroline loved music and doing art, her mum said.
She added: "It has been hard for Sophie because she looked after her mum and Alec. But we are all supporting one another as a family. Sophie and her boyfriend Jake have been a great support, as have Tracy and Martin and the grandkids."
The double funeral included the music of Neil Diamond's classic Sweet Caroline, Bed of Roses by Bon Jovi and The Power of Love by Jennifer Rush.
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