Students Have Lunch With Widower, So He’ll Never Feel Alone

A sweet act of kindness by students of a school who invited a widower to have lunch with them is warming hearts everywhere.


Cyril Aggett, 86, had lost his wife six years ago and said he’d “be lost” without the students standing invitation.

Students at Coome Dean Secondary School, in Devon, England, were concerned about Aggett’s whereabouts after the loss of his wife, Shirley and after one month past her funeral, the staff called to invite him for lunch.

So for four days a week, Aggett joins the students and staff at the school lunchroom and happily spends his time there. “When I first came here I was down in the dumps,” he said. “I get a cup of tea, my lunch and good service. Everybody talks to me, the office staff is brilliant.”

Aggett with his wife Shirley

But recently, Aggett said he was feeling the loneliness again, “A couple of months ago, I wasn’t really getting up until about 2 p.m. in the afternoon, it was lovely weather and I couldn’t be bothered,” the grandfather said. “I think Shirley must have said, ‘Pull your socks up, you know.’ Coming down here has brought me out of my shell again.”

Aggett said he loves the “company and the noise,” and when the school breaks for the holidays, he gets to take with him sausages and pies to stock his freezer. “I’d be lost if I didn’t come down here,” he said.