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106-year-old Alberta man dies just months after 79th wedding anniversary

Dan, 106, and Bertha, 99, celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Global News

Less than three months after celebrating his 79th wedding anniversary with his wife by his side, a 106-year-old Alberta man has died.

Dan Pavelick died in his sleep over the weekend.

Dan and his wife, Bertha, who turns 100 on Saturday, celebrated their 79th wedding anniversary in October.

Watch below: Alberta couple married 79 years dishes on the secret to a long, happy marriage

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Dan and Bertha celebrate 79-year wedding anniversary – Oct 25, 2017

When speaking with Global News at the time, Bertha said the couple had been through ups and downs over the years but that the last year had been the hardest. Dan and Bertha lost their daughter to cancer and Dan moved into a seniors home. Dan had been living in hospital in Leduc for about a month-and-a-half before their anniversary.

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“Having my mate leave home… never to return, that’s tough,” Bertha said, but added you can’t dwell on the negative things in life.

“It’s been a wonderful 79 years.”

Watch below: Dan and Bertha Pavelick joined the Global Edmonton Morning News in 2013, just ahead of their 75th wedding anniversary

The couple married in Humboldt, Sask. on Oct. 25, 1938, and had three children and seven grandchildren. They moved to Edmonton in 2002.

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Dan, 106, and Bertha, 99, celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Kent Morrison, Global News
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Dan, 106, and Bertha, 99, celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Global News
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Dan, 106, and Bertha, 99, celebrate their 79th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. Global News

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