Much-loved neighbor dies and leaves this shocking surprise for the family next door

When you move into a new house you don’t always know what you’re getting with your neighbors.

Nightmare neighbors are rare but when it happens it can turn your world upside down.

Thankfully there are people like Ken Watson who made his new neighbors the Williams family feel very fortunate from day one.

Little did they know the big surprise he would leave them, something that ensured that this sweet Welshman stayed in their hearts forever.



Ken spent most of his life living in the town of Barry in Wales.

Barry & District News

The father-of-two had a fascinating past and was something of a daredevil having completed several parachute jumps in his 80s and even tried wing walking, according to Shareably.

When the Williams family moved into the house next door Ken was 83 years old and up a 20ft ladder on their first meeting.

The retired commercial deep sea diver was a delight to live next to but then sadly, his wife died and Ken became a recluse, locking himself away for days on end, the Shareably article said.

The Williams family decided to try and spend more time with Ken to help him through his grief, knowing what a lovely man he was.

He became like another family member and Ken was so grateful for his caring neighbors.

When Caroline and Owen Williams discovered they were pregnant, they couldn’t wait to share the news with Ken.

Ken was overjoyed and started to look forward to life more with the prospect of spending time with the new baby.

In 2017 Cadi was born and Ken was so happy for Caroline and Owen. The baby girl even reminded him of his own daughter, who was grown up now.

When Cadi was just a toddler tragedy struck and Ken passed away. The Williams family were so distraught to lose the neighbor they cared about so much.

A few days before Christmas Owen Williams answered the door to Ken’s daughter holding a big sack.

She explained that Ken had known he hadn’t got long left to live and had spent his last few days buying presents – enough for Cadi to open one every year until she was 16.

The first of the gifts from Ken was opened and it was the children’s book “Christmas Eve at the Mellops”.

Owen Williams/Twitter

Every time Owen and Caroline read this book with their daughter they will be reminded of their sweet neighbor Ken.

Please share to pay tribute to all the people out there that go above and beyond to be good neighbors. The world needs more people like Ken.