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Widow of hero teacher urges public to be kind to one another

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TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — Just two weeks before George Heath was stabbed to death protecting a pregnant waitress at Bertucci’s in Taunton, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a law that declared May as the month of kindness in the state.

His wife, Rosemary Heath, said that is exactly what she needed to pull some positivity out of a tragic time in her life.

“It feels like it was yesterday because I can still see everything in my head,” Heath said. “It doesn’t stop. It’s there. If I tap into it, it’s there, so I try not to tap into it.”

Heath watched as her husband was fatally stabbed during a man’s violent rampage at the Silver City Galleria back in May 2016.

Heath said this year in particular has been very hard on her.

“This year is more emotional. I found birthdays, Christmas, every little holiday, Valentine’s Day, Easter, everything just to be different,” she said. “It’s weird to know it’s been two years. It’s been two years since I heard his voice talk to me.”

Heath said George was always helping people, even the night he was killed.

“The weekend before he died, he helped an elderly woman out of her car, got a cart for her, it was raining out. He held her umbrella for her,” Heath recalled. “Together, we always did kind things for other people, always put other people first.”

In honor of her husband, Heath is asking everyone to be kind to one another. Whether it’s holding a door open for a stranger, talking to someone who looks lonely or giving some unexpected encouragement to a friend, she said you don’t need to spend money to spread love.

“Compliments don’t cost anything. Kindness doesn’t cost anything,” she said. “If we can make more kindness and do it, but not just in the month of May, but do it all the time, but if we can kickstart it in May, just get out there and do something that’s kind for someone.”

Heath said her “go to” good deed is buying coffee for strangers. But she always asks the barista to tell the recipient it is from George, in the hopes they will look him up and decide to pay it forward in his memory.

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