LOVE: Reverend Doctor Graham Whelan with fiance Wendy Tyndall at his home overlooking the Jetty area.
LOVE: Reverend Doctor Graham Whelan with fiance Wendy Tyndall at his home overlooking the Jetty area. Gemima Harvey

True love can strike twice

"WE are still madly in love with the memories we have, but they are just memories and we are so lucky to find new love."

These are the joint words and sentiments of two widows, Reverend Doctor Graham Whelan and Wendy Tyndall, who got engaged last week.

Rev Whelan is a minister at Lifehouse Church and works as the Coffs Harbour RSL sub-branch padre and Australian Defence Force chaplain.

Wendy is originally from New Zealand, where her ancestors were the first missionaries.

The mother-of-two and soon-to-be grandmother is an assistant in nursing at the Coffs Harbour Nursing Centre, where she cared for Graham's parents.

This is where the couple met, chatting as they passed each other in the hallways, until Graham plucked up the courage to ask Wendy out for coffee.

Wendy has been a widow for 17 years, while Graham's wife, Cheryl, died in 2012 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer.

Cheryl was the great, great granddaughter of Captain John Korff, Coffs Harbour's founding father.

"We are so lucky to have found love again," Wendy said, "I never expected to fall in love after being alone for so long."

Graham and Wendy are dreaming up a December wedding.

"I'm thinking something outdoors, with a nice Summery-feel," she said.



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