Couple kept burdens a secret before ending lives
A TRUE love has come to a tragic end with two soul- mates sitting by each other's side in recliner lounge chairs, hand in hand, heads on each other's shoulders, peacefully beginning their eternal rest.
The impact of Sunshine Coast couple Terry and Jenny Law's deaths has rippled across the communities in which they were loved and respected.
Mr and Mrs Law, both 74, were found by police in their Sippy Downs unit on Friday after the alarm was raised by long-time friend, who wished to remain unnamed.
The friend had on Thursday afternoon opened a letter written by Mrs Law detailing their decision to die on their own terms.
It explained Mr Law's terminal cancer diagnosis, Mrs Law's chronic back complaint, the extreme pain they were in and instructions to spread their ashes into the sea.
Apparently, Mr Law had a cancerous kidney removed about two years ago and the disease had spread to his lungs.
The envelope was marked with a post date from Wednesday.
All of it came as a huge shock.
"He never told me about it (cancer)," the friend said.
"I didn't know what to do."
He tried to call his mate, to no avail.
The next morning he was driving back to the Coast from an early trip to Brisbane when he contacted a close friend and former police officer desperate for advice. She immediately notified police, who went around to the Laws' address and found their bodies.
The Laws were known for their dedication to each other and their fitness.
They both competed in triathlons in their later years, with Mrs Law a particularly strong swimmer and Mr Law a very keen golfer.
Mr Law had been a member at Noosa Golf Club for many years before moving to Sippy Downs about four or five years ago. He then joined at Houghton Park Golf Club.
Mrs Law was known for her daily 5km swims at Kawana Aquatic Centre.
Gripped on Golf co-owner Anthony Edwards also received a letter from the couple. His arrived on Friday.
"Terry was an absolute champion of a bloke," Mr Edwards said. "He never gave much away.
"I didn't even know he had been crook."
The news of their deaths came as a huge shock.
He has since been thinking a lot about whether or not things would have been different had the couple let on about their health concerns.
Noosa Golf Club past-president Dallas Furner described Mr Law, a former SP bookie, as a larrikin.
"He was a pleasure to be around," Mr Furner said.
He too has given much thought to whether or not the couple should have let people know about their concerns.
"Just knowing how close knit him and Jenny were, I can understand why they did what they did."
National Standby Response Service co-ordinator Jill Fischer said the Sunshine Coast community was affected by a number of older residents taking their own lives.
"We are very aware that older people can be vulnerable," Ms Fischer said.
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