A GRIEVING husband has made an emotional plea for the return of a treasured ring which marked 40 years of marriage.
Chris Nicoll is desperate to retrieve the gold and ruby ring which he bought for his wife Carys-Ann, who died on Sunday aged 65.
Mr Nicoll, of South Drive, Sandal, believes the ring went missing when he was boarding a bus on lower Kirkgate near the bottom of the Ridings Shopping Centre on Tuesday, February 1.
Mrs Nicoll was taken into hospital later that day. She had been diagnosed with cancer before Christmas, and later died at St James’ Hospital, Leeds.
Mr Nicoll, 68, said the ring was bought for the couple’s 40th wedding anniversary in May 2009.
He said: “I’m not interested in the value of the ring in money terms, it means that much to me. It holds great sentimental value. If anybody has found it I would urge them to return it.”
Mrs Nicoll, who moved with her husband to Wakefield from Sussex in 1977, was an area manager for a market research company and served as secretary of Wakefield Historical Society for 14 years up until last spring.
She is also survived by two grandchildren and her daughters, Lucy Nicoll, 36, and Joanna Lee, 39.
She had suffered from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for around 12 years, and Mr Nicoll said her courage in the face of the illness was an inspiration to others.
He said: “She was a lovely person. I have been inundated with e-mails and cards from people to say what a lovely person and how kind she was.
“She was always happy and she was a real stalwart living with her MS.”
A funeral will be held at St Helen’s Church, Sandal, from 1.45pm on Thursday, February 17.
If anyone has information about the ring, please telephone Don Mort at the Express office on 01924 433013.