Scottish widow makes desperate appeal for the return of her late husband’s wedding ring she lost two weeks after his death
A heartbroken Scottish widow has made a desperate appeal for the return of her late husband’s wedding ring after losing it two weeks after his death.
Janet Darby visited a jeweler in North Berwick on Friday to have her husband Jim’s ring measured, but decided to keep it on her middle finger so she could wear it to her cremation on Monday.
But she realized he was missing later that night and believes it happened as she rushed during the day to try and arrange the order of service for her funeral after a other company botched the print job.
Janet told the Record: “My heart is broken and I was arranging the order of service and going through the pictures, and Friday was not a good day.
“I was really very distracted on Friday and there was pressure to get to the printers before closing as that would be the last chance to fix everything.
“I didn’t sleep last night worrying about where he was and not having him tomorrow wouldn’t be good. Getting it back would be a relief, but getting it back in time for the funeral would be amazing. It would be a perfect shipment and without it something is missing.
“It’s the only piece of jewelry he wore so losing it is heartbreaking.”
Jim Darby, who was 83 years old and suffered from type 2 diabetes, died from complications related to his condition and pneumonia was also listed as a cause of death.
He was admitted to Western General Hospital in Edinburgh in early August with a bladder infection and stayed there for seven weeks before returning home to be with Janet.
The couple had been married for 34 years and lived on Melbourne Street in North Berwick in the 1990s, where they ran a joint practice offering massage, physiotherapy and acupuncture. They then spent 20 years in Australia and Singapore before returning to the city of East Lothian.
The lost wedding ring itself was specially made in Birmingham’s jewelry district and Janet has one as well.
The widow also says she would be more than happy to discuss the possibility of a finder’s commission with anyone who should find the ring.
The 59-year-old continued, “It was nice and relaxed in the morning but the service order came in and I looked at it and the pictures were all fake.
“I was a little freaked out and called a friend in Florida who helped me out, then spoke to Rock & Bird (print shop) to set up another print.”
After shopping on Friday Janet returned from her home near the Leuchie Estate in North Berwick for the second time but had to park further on Tantallon Terrace near the golf club as the beach was occupied by the weather is improving.
She rushed along the beach and walked past the Hope Rooms building on her way to the print shop, again detouring Turnbull to ask for a face mask in the midst of her panic.
While the print was being remade, she returned to the Seabird Center for a late lunch and returned for her new impressions around 4:40 PM.
Janet said: “I remember feeling a little disheveled and trying to make sure I didn’t drop anything. I took videos and photos at the beach as it was beautiful and the pressure seemed to be released at the time. I was also chatting with people on the beach.
“It could have been easily lost trying to film the view and I didn’t have quite enough hands and I was carrying a poster and the bag with the order of services. I was juggling several things.
The couple, who were both passionate hill climbers and modern pentathletes, met in Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire in the late 1970s when Jim came to present them with a medal for third place.
They married in 1987 at the Tipton Harriers racing club in the West Midlands before moving to Scotland soon after.
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