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Fred Stobaugh, 96, lost his wife, Lorraine, of 72 years this past May.

Sitting in his front room one day this summer, the song "Oh Sweet Lorraine" came to him. Stobaugh, not a singer or a songwriter, penned his first song, put the lyrics and a letter in a manila envelope and sent them to Green Shoe Studio, which was holding a songwriting competition for YouTube videos.

His submission arrived in the mail and "Oh Sweet Lorraine" was recorded in a studio. Watch the mini doc, A Letter from Fred, below, to see how it happened (please excuse me while I wipe all the ugly cry off my face).

Get all the Kleenex you can.

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96-year-old man writes ‘Oh Sweet Lorraine,’ breaks all our hearts

Fred Stobaugh, 96, lost his wife, Lorraine, of 72 years this past May. Sitting in his front room one…

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Tanya_Frenette
#1 posted by
Tanya_Frenette
on Aug 27, 2013

So beautiful! Thanks for finding this and putting it up. They had a sweet life together.

happytough
#2 posted by
happytough
on Aug 28, 2013

I  feel the depth of his love for his wife - powerful, poignant and transcendent . If there's any meaning to life, this might just sum it up. Way to go Fred. 96. Good hair and all :).

TylerE
#3 posted by
TylerE
on Aug 28, 2013

Really great. Does anyone know where the profits from its digital sales are going? I'd buy it in a second if I knew they were going somewhere good.

Damage88
#4 posted by
Damage88
on Aug 29, 2013

Bittersweet.  I have to admit, this hardened tough guy got a little misty-eyed.

scotttech1
#5 posted by
scotttech1
on Aug 29, 2013

I immediately went to download the song, but found that on the Zune marketplace where I buy my music, the song costs almost $10, where most songs are around 99cents to $1.50, I'm sorry Fred, can't do it, but great song!

radiohed
#6 posted by
radiohed
on Aug 29, 2013

My husband and I have been a bit off lately.  Yesterday it was our 37th wedding anniversary and for the first time, (mired in discontent as I was) I forgot about it. This morning I watched Fred and Lorraine. 

I'm on my way out the door right this second to sweep him out of his office, beg his forgiveness, and take him on a mystery adventure.  If I'm lucky the adventure will take another 40 years.  

Thank you Green Shoe for a degree of sensitivity, and a plan of action, that gives dignity to those dear souls often left to languish in the wings of our society.   

And thank you for waking me up.

Canadaeh!
#7 posted by
Canadaeh!
on Aug 30, 2013

It is truly sad that young folks really don't realize how fast time flies.  I'm pushing 80 and sometimes wonder how the hell I got here so quickly.  I always liked the one-liner, "if there is anything I can do for you, than let me do it now for I may not pass this way again."

mclui
#8 posted by
mclui
on Aug 30, 2013

Such a beautiful example of true love. I've been married for 20 years now, and I hope I will still be madly in love with my guy in another 50 years too.

Thanks so much to Fred, and Green Shoe for sharing and to CBC for posting this lovely reminder that YES, true love does still exist!!!

God Bless You, Fred!

LBL
#9 posted by
LBL
on Aug 30, 2013

What a lovely story and song.  Its purity and simplicity are totally refreshing.

Hfxtown
#10 posted by
Hfxtown
on Aug 31, 2013

Great song. Way to go Fred. I'm only 76 yrs old but still trying to be creative. I took us the guitar about 3 years ago so I could write poetry/songs. For all you young people we are still young at heart and have feelings and require love. Check out one of my songs o you tube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoAKfOkAUdA

Namaste

AudioBlood
#11 posted by
AudioBlood
on Sep 02, 2013

Amazing!

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