The pair dropped off a spare key with their neighbours before their deaths (Picture: Google)An elderly couple who could not bear to live without each other died in a suicide pact, an inquest heard.
Howard Titterton, 80, had been diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer and his wife Jacqueline, 78, was caring for him at home.
After hatching the plan to end their lives together, the pair left a spare key with a neighbour and placed stickers on their belongings indicating who would be left what.
In jointly signed letters given to their friends, a solicitor and the police they wrote: ‘Neither one of us wishes to live without the other’.
Greta Thunberg on two-day train journey to join Extinction Rebellion in LondonThe couple were found dead in their home in St Asaph, Wales, on November 13 last year, with a post mortem revealing both died of suffocation a short time apart.
Denbighshire county councillor Andrew Thomas, who lived next-door to the couple, said in a statement that Mr Titterton had begun looking frail but seemed ‘okay’ in the days before his death.
His wife Susan Thomas described them as ‘lovely people’ and said the tragedy came as a shock.
However, she added she had found it odd that Mrs Titterton had given her a park-and-ride ticket for Chester the previous day, telling her she had no use for it.
On the morning of November 13, Cllr Thomas found an envelope through his door containing £500 and a note indicating that they had killed themselves.
Councillor Andrew Thomas called the police after finding their letter (Picture: Denbighshire County Council)He said he ‘wondered if I was reading what I was’ and called 999, as the couple had asked.
Police found retired research and development manager Mr Titterton lying in an empty bath covered by a blanket and a dressing gown, and Mrs Titterton, a former nurse, on the bed.
Emma Thompson says police are ‘wasting taxpayers’ money’ by arresting protestersThe inquest heard both had died a short time apart, and Mrs Titterton had apparently put the blanket and dressing gown over her husband.
Among those who received letters was Anthony Jones, a close friend from their childhood days, with whom they had spent numerous holidays.
He said the couple, who had no children, enjoyed travelling, especially cruises, and shared the same hobbies of music and photography.