A year before his 100th birthday, Gilbert Herrick is finally settling down. At 99, he never married and assumed he never would until he met "the one". That's 86-year-old Virginia Hartman.
The pair fell for each other when Hartman moved into the Rochester-area community hospital, where Herrick lives. After a showing of her artwork in a hospital common area, he struck up a conversation.
"There's nobody here to talk to," Herrick told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "She was the only one, and I started visiting her every day. I thought she would kick me out...She didn't."
It wasn't long before they decided to move into the same room, but in order to do so in the hospital, they'd have to be married. It was Hartman who popped the question to her future husband and for the first time in his life, Herrick said yes.
They wed on June 4, in an event space at the hospital, with Hartman's children, grandkids and great-grandkids in tow. Now the perpetually single retired postal worker is already seeing changes in himself since his marriage. He's picked up painting with his new wife. He's also picked up a new motto for love. "Love will find you," Herrick said just before he said I do. Who says a man can't change?