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 +====== Anthony Canino & Joyce Stickland ======
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 +From BBC News
 +
 +//**An American soldier, who found his first true love in Gloucestershire during World War II, has travelled back to the county to visit her grave.**//
 +
 +Tony Canino was serving at a military hospital in the Cotswolds when he met Joyce Stickland more than 65 years ago.
 +
 +But a sudden posting away meant he never got to see her again, and they both went their separate ways.
 +
 +When he finally attempted to track her down in 2002 he discovered she had died a year earlier.
 +
 +Now, with the help of an American charity, 86-year-old Tony has returned from Denver, Colorado to Coln St. Aldwyns near Cirencester to place a flower on her grave and say goodbye to the woman he always loved.
 +
 +**'​Danced away'​**
 +
 +Tony described how he first met Joyce while he was off duty in 1943: "I was walking around the town and I heard some music coming out of a pub.
 +
 +"Four lovely ladies came out - British Land Army girls.
 +
 +"The first one looked at me and accidentally touched my hand, and I looked at her and that was it.
 +
 +"There was no war. I was alone in this world with this girl.
 +
 +"The orchestra started to play an old famous wartime love song called '​Always'​. I heard the music, I grabbed her by the hand, put my arms around her, and we danced away."
 +
 +But then out of the blue, one morning Tony was told he had orders to leave for the Pacific and he never had chance to say goodbye.
 +
 +**Lost contact**
 +
 +He lost contact and eventually married somebody else after settling down back in America.
 +
 +But his feelings for her never went away.
 +
 +"I have never ever stopped loving Joyce,"​ he said.
 +
 +"​I'​ve told her many times 'I will love you until I die'.
 +
 +"Every time I kissed her, the way she would hang on to me just tore my heart apart."​
 +
 +Tony's daughter Gina Kemper, who accompanied her father to Gloucestershire explained how the visit came about:
 +
 +"Dad started looking for Joyce before my mum died. She said '​let'​s start looking for her'. And then she died suddenly and he continued the search.
 +
 +"Mum was very gracious about it. I never saw her have any kind of jealousy toward her at all.
 +
 +"We just always knew that dad had a first love. And I'm sure my mother had first loves too so I don't think there was any jealousy."​
 +
 +Separate ways
 +
 +Joyce'​s nephew Mike Varnals said his aunt had never spoken about Tony:
 +
 +"We didn't know about him. I received a letter one day from a researcher and we've been corresponding by email for a few years.
 +
 +"Aunty Joyce never mentioned him. To be honest she didn't mention anything about the war.
 +
 +"​It'​s astounding, really astonishing,​ that love seemed to be so strong. It was a very emotional meeting when [Tony] arrived."​
 +
 +The visit was funded by Jeremy Bloom'​s Wish of a Lifetime, an American charity which grants wishes to senior citizens who can't afford to realise their dreams.
 +
 +and from thisisgloucestershire.co.uk
 +
 +**American soldier returns to Gloucestershire after 67 years to find his first love**
 +
 +HE has spent a lifetime on the other side of the world, but Tony Canino never forgot his first love.
 +
 +As a young American soldier thrown headlong into the turmoil of World War II, Tony was captivated by British Land Army girl Joyce Stickland when he was posted to a military hospital in the Cotswolds.
 +
 +Their blossoming relationship was torn apart when Tony was suddenly re-deployed to the Pacific without warning and the young lovers lost touch.
 +
 +But Tony, now 86, never forgot about Joyce and, 67 years later, he made a pilgrimage to visit her grave.
 +
 +He said: "I never stopped loving Joyce. She was the first girl who came into my life. There was no war – there was peace.
 +
 +"​People were upside down because of the war, but every moment I held that girl in my arms, there was peace."​
 +
 +Tony was 19 when he arrived in Gloucestershire to work at a military hospital near Cirencester.
 +
 +He bumped into 20-year-old Joyce at a dance night in Coln St Aldwyns.
 +
 +"The orchestra started to play an old, famous wartime love song called Always,"​ he said. "I heard the music, grabbed her by the hand, put my arms around her and we danced away."
 +
 +But the romance was cut short. Tony was eating in the hospital mess hall when an officer walked in.
 +
 +"He said we had got orders to ship out," Tony said. "He said, 'leave the equipment, just take your personal belongings and we are going to the Pacific'​.
 +
 +"I could not reach Joyce because at the weekends she always went home to London to see her parents. She was concerned about them.
 +
 +"I called on her, but they told me she wouldn'​t be back from London in time."
 +
 +Tony lost contact with Joyce and both of them married after the war. Joyce moved to Yorkshire, but returned to Coln St Aldwyns several years later and saw a house she liked.
 +
 +She moved back to the village with her husband, but never had any children of her own.
 +
 +Her nephew, Mike Varnals, inherited the house when Joyce died in 2001.
 +
 +The 63-year-old said: "We were very close as a family and my brother and I were like surrogate children to her.
 +
 +"We decided to bury her ashes and those of my mother in the back garden of the house because it had become such a base for everybody in the family.
 +
 +"I had no idea about Tony at all. The only clue we had was a photograph we found after my aunt had died. It all fell into place when Tony managed to get in touch."​
 +
 +Tony, who now lives in Denver, Colorado, decided to try to find Joyce at the behest of his wife Betty, who died in 2002.
 +
 +He wrote to the Queen and the then Prime Minister Tony Blair and was eventually put in touch with a researcher in Kent. She tracked Joyce'​s family to Coln St Aldwyns.
 +
 +"I started emailing Tony, but I had no idea about this trip until a few weeks ago," Mike said.
 +
 +"It has been funded by an American charity called Wish of a Lifetime. It's been an experience for us all."
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