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Wife pays tribute to Covid-19 victim Trevor Gardiner, from Gravesend

A grieving widow has spoken of her heartbreak after losing the "love of her life" to Covid-19.

Car showroom worker Trevor Gardiner passed away from the disease at the age of 59 after collapsing at the Gravesend home he shared with Sally, his wife of just of four months.

Sally and Trevor Gardiner, from Gravesend, were married just four months before he died of Covid-19. Picture: Robert Buckley, RB Photography
Sally and Trevor Gardiner, from Gravesend, were married just four months before he died of Covid-19. Picture: Robert Buckley, RB Photography

The couple met just over two years ago at the Toyota dealership in Sidcup where they both worked.

And, after a whirlwind romance, they married at a fairytale wedding at Leeds Castle last December.

Sally, 45, said: "We were just good friends for about a year, but then we realised there was something special between us.

"We enjoyed the same music and television programmes and loved going out on his motorbike."

Both developed symptoms but Trevor, who suffered from Type 2 diabetes, deteriorated and was taken to Darent Valley Hospital with severe breathing difficulties on Monday, April 6.

That was the last time Sally saw him. He was driven off in an ambulance and she was unable to visit on the ward.

Trevor died eight days later.

Sally described him as her "twin flame" saying: "My life, my heart, my world shattered forever".

Both had emerged from turbulent relationships to find happiness, and had plans for the future including holidays abroad and Trevor's 60th birthday celebrations.

She said: "I believe it was fate that brought us together and I will treasure so many memories.

"When we became ill, we discussed funeral arrangements and he said he wanted to be cremated and for our ashes to be scattered together on the beach at Bournemouth, somewhere we loved to go."

His funeral was at Thames View Crematorium, Gravesend, on Wednesday, May 6 and attended by the maximum allowed of 10 mourners.

Sally said: "Trevor was an only child. I come from a big family so he became part of my family."

She added: "I don't know what my future is now. I just take one day at a time.

"The love we shared was immense. When he died, half of me died too. I literally went ice cold on one side."

Trevor worked as a parts sales representative and Sally in administration at the dealership.

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