Richard Grant in tears over neighbours gift amid wifes death

Richard E Grant on late wife’s last wish

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British actor Richard E. Grant announced the death of his wife Joan Washington in September last year, who died just eight months after being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The emotional Star Wars actor has been inundated with messages of support as he revealed his neighbour’s heartwarming gesture.

Taking to Twitter on Saturday night, the 65-year-old admitted he is completely “undone” as he uploaded an emotional video.

Richard began: “I returned to the Cotswolds today for the weekend and the kind of violence in the silence as you long to hear the person that you can never hear again.

“What has completely floored me is to find that my incredibly generous neighbour Jules Bowsher has gifted me a comfort blanket or lap quilt – as she calls it.

“She has hand embroidered over months with all of my wife’s favourite poetry.”

He added: “All the names of the actors and coaches she worked with over decades, films and stage plays that she coached on. All the expressions that were common to our 38 year long marriage.”

Looking teary-eyed, Richard went on: “It includes little 3D pockets of happiness with keepsakes and trinkets. All referencing our long marriage.”

The on-screen star shared the quilt also included moments from his career including his time doing BBC’s Desert Island Discs.

“The amount of time she has taken to do this,” Richard mused, “it’s beyond measure as the kindness of friendship has undone me in the greatest spirit of Christmas as possible.”

He went on: “How can two little words, ‘Thank you,’ begin to adequately convey the enormity of what she has given me. We’re not related. We’re not family or anything like that. Just pure kindness.”

Richard finished: “Thank you Jules. You’ve made a grown man cry with gratitude.”

The actor captioned the post: “Undone by the generosity & kindness of my Cotswold neighbour Jules Bowsher’s gift of a comfort blanket/lap quilt. Priceless.”

Social media users flocked to comment on the post as they offered kind words to the star.


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Twitter user, Leigh commented: “Here is the quilt I made of all my late husband’s shirts – he was known for his colourful shirts. May you draw comfort from that amazing quilt your friend has made for you as I get comfort from mine.”

Bernice tweeted: “Your neighbour’s gift of literally wrapping yourself in precious memories is the kindest thought.”

Kerrie offered: “Oh Richard. My deep and most sincere condolences.  We met once, very briefly and I never forgot how very kind and sincere you were to me. What an incredibly beautiful tribute to your best friend and wife. I believe she will remain with you in spirit till you both meet again.”

“What a wonderful keepsake,” Robin remarked.

Last year Richard revealed his wife’s death, sharing a video of the pair dancing together to the song Only You.

They married in 1986 and share a daughter, Olivia, and a stepson, Tom, from Joan’s previous relationship.

At the time, Richard said: “Since her stage four lung cancer diagnosis two days before Christmas, she was accepting, clear sighted, sanguine and totally without self-pity.”

He praised the oncology team at the Royal Marsden Hospital, NHS nurses, Price’s Mill Surgery and Longfield palliative carers from their “beyond exemplary” work.

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