Robert and Yvonne Stickland were married for 54 years and were inseparable, even in death.
Both died of cancer on Friday within eight hours of each other. 
Yvonne, 73, had an aggressive tumour near her kidney and spine and Robert, 78, had lung and liver cancer.
Their four children, now in their late 40s and 50s, say they have no doubt their father gave up the will to live after seeing the love of his life pass away.
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Robert first saw Yvonne zip past him on a motorcycle in Niue, where she was born, and he knew immediately he had to pursue her.
Son Ken, 53, said Robert adopted the island nation as his second home.
They raised their four children there for years before moving to Auckland. It was a free range childhood …
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