“Our family respectfully asks for privacy during this difficult time as we mourn our loss.”

Joan Morecambe, Eric’s late wife, passed away on her 97th birthday following a brief illness. She, also known as Joan Bartlett or Joan Bartholomew, had been married to the late Morecambe and Wise star nearly 40 years before her own passing. They tied the knot in Margate in 1952 and celebrated with a party at the Bulls Head pub.

Joan is survived by her children, Gail (71), Gary (67), and Stephen (54), whom they adopted. Her peaceful passing occurred at her home in Hertfordshire. In a statement, her children expressed profound sadness at her loss and requested privacy during their mourning period.

Born on March 26, 1927, Joan’s life came to an end on her 97th birthday, marking a poignant moment for her family. She was honored with an OBE in 2015 for her charitable endeavors, particularly her involvement with the Lady Taverners, a subsidiary of the Lord’s Taverners charity, where she served as a leader from 1987 to 1992.

Eric, her husband, passed away in Cheltenham in May 1984 at the age of 58. He was renowned as one half of the iconic comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, alongside Ernie.

Joan Morecambe, Eric’s late wife, passed away on her 97th birthday following a brief illness. She, also known as Joan Bartlett or Joan Bartholomew, had been married to the late Morecambe and Wise star nearly 40 years before her own passing. They tied the knot in Margate in 1952 and celebrated with a party at the Bulls Head pub.

Joan is survived by her children, Gail (71), Gary (67), and Stephen (54), whom they adopted. Her peaceful passing occurred at her home in Hertfordshire. In a statement, her children expressed profound sadness at her loss and requested privacy during their mourning period.

Born on March 26, 1927, Joan’s life came to an end on her 97th birthday, marking a poignant moment for her family. She was honored with an OBE in 2015 for her charitable endeavors, particularly her involvement with the Lady Taverners, a subsidiary of the Lord’s Taverners charity, where she served as a leader from 1987 to 1992.

Eric, her husband, passed away in Cheltenham in May 1984 at the age of 58. He was renowned as one half of the iconic comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, alongside Ernie.

Joan recently shared how her husband feared being forgotten after his passing, expressing his hope that their comedy would be remembered by people. She was described as a “devoted wife” by those who knew her well. Eric, her husband, had his first major heart attack in 1968 while driving, the same year The Morecambe And Wise Show premiered. He was 42 and a heavy smoker.

Despite health challenges, Eric continued to work, but in 1979, he suffered a second heart attack and underwent bypass surgery. His final heart attack occurred in 1984, just moments after leaving the stage during a charity show organized by his friend Stan Stennett. According to Joan, Eric was in top form minutes before his sudden passing, which occurred at Cheltenham General Hospital.

In 2016, their home was burglarized while Joan was away unveiling a new statue honoring Eric. Thieves stole valuable watches and jewelry. Joan, accompanied by her son Gary and daughter Gail, was in Blackpool at the time for the unveiling ceremony.

While Eric’s comedy partner Ernie was married to dancer Doreen Blythe, they had no children. Reports suggest that Joan and Doreen did not have a close relationship.

According to ventriloquist John Bouchier, who toured with Eric and Ernie in the 1970s, the duo seldom socialized with friends due to their wives’ strained relationship.

Ernie Wise passed away in March 1999 at the age of 73 due to heart failure and a chest infection. He died at Nuffield Hospital in Wexham, near Slough.

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