Suzie Fletcher: The Repair Shop presenter opens up on late husband’s last wish

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The Repair shop host Suzie Fletcher, has had it tough after suffering the loss of her husband, mother and aunt all in the space of five months. But as she struggled to cope with the pain life had thrown at her, she continued to power on.

He asked me to go home to my family because he knew they were amazing and that I’d be safe

Suzie Fletcher

In an interview with Radio Times, the leather expert revealed that, before his death, her husband declared his dying request for her and she made sure she honoured his wishes.

Equestrian-loving Suzie is originally from Oxfordshire, where she specialises in saddles.

After finding her calling, she moved to America where she lived for 22 years and met her husband, who worked as a heavy-equipment machine operator.

She described him as “a fantastic redneck”, “brawny” and “incredibly strong both physically and mentally”.

Sadly, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and by the time the doctors found it, it was too late.

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“It had already metastasised and there was no chance of him surviving,” she told the publication.

He died in 2013, just eight months after the diagnosis.

With the rest of her family in England, the death of her mother and aunt meant there was a lot of travelling between the two countries.

And soon enough, inspired by her husband’s dying wish to not stay in America by herself, she made the move back home.

Opening up on what he wanted her to do once he passed away, she said: “He asked me to go home to my family because he knew they were amazing and that I’d be safe.

“But from him passing away, it would take a further three years before all my ducks were in a row and I was able to return.”

That was in 2017, just before she made her big debut on The Repair Shop.

Her brother Steve, a horologist, had just landed the gig himself on the BBC show and when she expressed interest, the producers made space for her in their barn-come-studio.

And she’s been quite the hit.

Recently, her grief of losing her other-half surfaced during an emotional episode of the renovation show.

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Currently airing repeats on BBC One, fans got the chance to revisit the upsetting rocking horse instalment, which left Suzie in floods of tears.

Recalling the episode, she said: “I’ve only ever seen a couple of snippets of my emotional breakdown.

“I haven’t watched the whole thing. It’s an incredibly personal episode for me.”

The DIY moment peaked when she found the name of rocking horse owner and participant, Julie’s late husband written underneath the saddle, admitting it brought back emotions she’d kept bottled up for years.

Suzie Fletcher’s full interview is out now in Radio Times [RADIO TIMES]

“Looking back at it, I realise I hadn’t scratched the surface when it came to the loss of my husband,” she explained, as Julie’s husband had also died of cancer.

“In a way, it was the start of the grieving process.”

She revealed she had received an abundance of touching messages from fans after the episode aired and described it as a “hug from the whole population.”

Suzie Fletcher’s full interview is available to read now in Radio Times.

The Repair Shop continues Tuesday at 8am on BBC One.

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