Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So in Love They Held Hands in Their 80s.now Thomas and Freda Will Be Together Forever; Tributes to Devoted Couple Killed in USA Crash Horror

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

So in Love They Held Hands in Their 80s.now Thomas and Freda Will Be Together Forever; Tributes to Devoted Couple Killed in USA Crash Horror

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Byline: SARAH JUDD

A "WONDERFUL" couple in their 80s, who left Teesside to be near their daughters and grandchildren in America, have died after a car crash in California.

Freda and Thomas Thurlow, formerly of The Avenue, Nunthorpe, were killed on June 6 in the Sacramento area.

Police investigations into the accident are still ongoing, but the couple's daughters understand a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old boy veered suddenly into the Thurlows' car, hitting it head-on as it travelled in the opposite direction.

Freda was pronounced dead at the scene while Thomas, also known as Tom, died shortly afterwards at the University of California, Davis Medical Center.

It is believed the driver of the other car suffered a broken leg and arm.

The couple's daughters, Victoria Thurlow and Helen Scully, contacted the Evening Gazette to pay tribute to their parents.

Their eldest, Victoria, a fund development and communications consultant in the Los Angeles area, said: "You couldn't meet more upbeat, honest or considerate people. They never went anywhere without making a friend. Everyone I ever introduced them to made a point of telling me how wonderful they were.

"My sister and I are thinking of them every day and I'm sure we'll continue to do so for the rest of our lives." Helen, a registered nurse who works in intensive care at a Sacramento hospital, said the couple were still "very much in love".

"Our parents never went anywhere without each other," she said.

"In their 80s they still held hands and were very much in love. We feel very lucky to have been part of their family." Thomas and Freda had moved to Elk Grove, a suburb of Sacramento, in October 2007 to be near their girls and grandchildren Michael Thomas Scully, Philip Edward Scully and Charlotte Faye Scully.

The couple, who married on July 29, 1950, had three children. …

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