A man of 106 and his wife of 103 have poignantly died in bed together at their home in Whitechapel. It is believed that they managed to have one last noisy bust up before passing away within minutes of each other at their home in Commercial Road.
Mr Toby Dell and his wife, Mary, had been married for 85 years and were, by some distance, Whitechapel’s oldest surviving married couple until last Thursday.
A neighbour and close friend, Mr Danny SoZ, 19, told The Whelk: “They were absolutely inseparable. You rarely saw one without the other. Mind you, they didn’t seem to get on all that well and were constantly rowing. It was usually about Toby’s drinking, but he would have a go back about the affair she had with the rent man in the 1930s.
“On the night they died they were having a real bull and cow. Mary was effing and blinding and I could hear Toby calling her an old spunker. I heard a huge crash at one point and put it down to Mary giving the old geezer one over the swede with the iron skillet again. It went quiet after that so I can only think that was the moment they both fell off the perch together. That’s true love for you I guess. You don’t see much of it these days do you?”
A spokesman for London Ambulance said last night: “We found Toby and Mary in bed with their hands around each other’s throats. It was a real Romeo and Juliet scenario according to the crew who found them.”
The pair will be laid to rest next Tuesday. Toby at Whitechapel Cemetary and Mary a few miles away at Bow Crematorium.
A close family member said: “It’s what they would have wanted.”