‘Gobsmacked’: Dying senior leaves 14 Christmas gifts to neighbour’s baby girl

Sunday, December 23, 2018

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Christmas won’t be the same for Owen Williams or his family for the next 14 years — and it’s all thanks to the literal parting gifts from his late neighbour.

On Monday, the Welsh father posted on Twitter about how his elderly neighbour Ken Watson had passed away and left his family something besides memories of friendship.

He described how Watson’s daughter had come over to his house with a giant plastic bag filled to the brim with 14 gifts.

Christmas won’t be the same for Owen Williams or his family for the next 14 years — and it’s all thanks to the literal parting gifts from his late neighbour. (Owen Williams/Twitter)

“In the sack were all the Christmas presents he’d bought for *our* daughter,” he wrote online, later adding that, “he always told us he’d live till he was a hundred years old, so these gifts would have taken him up to our little girl’s 16th Christmas.”

Williams said the gesture took him by surprise.

“I was speechless. Gobsmacked,” he wrote in a text to CTVNews.ca. “It’s a breathtaking thing. Words rarely fail me, but this was a rare occasion.”

On Twitter, he wrote: “My wife and I think it might make a nice Christmas tradition to give our daughter, ‘a present from Ken’ for the next 14 years.”

William’s daughter Cadi is only two years old but she’d have a new gift until 2032. Williams polled Twitter users on whether the gifts should be opened all at once or doled out to her until her teens.

Over 69 per cent of the 67,000 people polled voted for the family to do the latter. Williams said they plan to honour that.

“It’ll be our way of remembering an immensely generous gentleman — our new Christmas tradition,” he said online. “We’ll add the pics to this thread for as long as Twitter is still a thing!”

Although he mused that some of the gifts might not make sense for a teenager, Williams said that won’t matter.