Jack Palmer’s new morning ritual involves reading the newspaper and then taking the elevator to his wife Margaret’s room each morning so she can read it too.

The pair, married for 70 years, are settling into a new routine at Selkirk Seniors Village after being forced apart for more than a month.

“We may not say very much but at least we’re together and that’s the important thing,” said Jack.

CHEK News first interviewed the Royal Canadian Air Force veterans in November.

They were desperate to be reunited after Margaret was moved to a higher-care residential bed in a different facility than the man she had spent seven decades with

“It just cut my right arm off, I’m not complete,” Margaret Palmer said on Nov. 7.

Now they’re back to sharing meals together after Island Health heard the story and found Jack an assisted living bed in the same building as his wife.

“It’s helped mom a lot putting her at ease knowing that he’s close by and that she can see him,” said Jack and Margaret’s daughter Susan Palmer.

After building a lifetime of memories together, the Palmers are grateful to be side by side once again, in time for Christmas.

They plan to spend it with their daughters who will come to visit Christmas day.

“Just sort of reminiscing and that sort of thing, we’ll bring some treats and have a cup of tea and that sort of thing,” said Susan.

April Lawrence