Cameron Glover
February 01, 2017 12:21 pm

These days, it’s as important as ever that we’re able to connect to those who need it. In times like these when so many of us are stressed out or overwhelmed by the news, companionship provides the warmth we all require as human beings. That’s why Ray Johnstone’s heartwarming story of how he sought out his own kind of companionship has gone so viral, with a beautiful ending to the story.

The 75-year-old widow was looking for someone to spend time with. Since the passing of his wife and best friend, he’s spent a lot more time alone than usual, and that wasn’t exactly keeping his spirits up. So Ray turned to social media to find someone to go fishing with — and didn’t expect the overwhelming response.

At first, he posted the question to Facebook, but didn’t get much of a response.

But then, he posted the following to Gumtree, all caps and everything.

Ray’s post soon went viral (it’s been viewed over 82,000 times!).

Ray told The Advertiser,

It could be that viewers found his post so earnest and refreshing, and that’s why so many have responded positively to that honesty. And the best part — Ray has a new fishing partner!