14:15 GMT, 19 July 2013
14:38 GMT, 19 July 2013
A much-loved couple drowned tragically after they were swept out to sea on their honeymoon in Costa Rica.
Ruth Rowe and Bruce Loev, from Danbury, got married on July 4 and set off on their vacation soon after. On July 10 they drove to Playa Linda to go swimming in the sea.
But the powerful ocean currents were too strong and swept them away. Their bodies were found by a local resident who spotted them four kilometers from where they entered the water.
Ruth, 46, was a fifth-grade math teacher in the Pawling school district. She and Bruce, 51, grew up in New York together and dated when they were young. But the pair moved away from each other and raised their families in different parts of the country.
After both their marriages ended, they reconnected and took up where they left off 25 years later.
Couple: Ruth Rowe and Bruce Loev, from Danbury,
got married on July 4 and set off on their vacation soon after. On July
10 they drove to Playa Linda to go swimming in the sea
Second chance: Ruth and Bruce had grown up together in New York and been a couple before moving apart and raising their families in different parts of the country
In love: Friends and family members were following their activities on the online photo albums they posted from a secluded beach resort in Costa Rica
Bruce was an aviation civil engineer and an avid skier. He taught his children to love themselves, to follow their hearts, and to let go of the negatives that may slow them down from enjoying life, according to his online obituary.
Friends and family were following the athletic couple’s activities on the online photo albums they posted from the beach resort, according to the Newtown Times.
Joan Roberts, the Pawling school district data coordinator who worked with Rowe for the last 13 years, said: ‘This is just awful. I still can’t believe this is really happening. He was the love of her life.
‘She has always been a sweetheart. The thing I notice about her is that I never hear any
cross words between her and the kids. Never, ever. Always just
very encouraging, but not a pushover. She was firm, but very kind.
‘She was a beautiful girl. She was an
athlete — and he was an athlete, a skier — and in great shape. She
spent her summers on Martha’s Vineyard. This is just the most crazy
thing,’ Roberts said.
Rowe’s son, Kaleb, just graduated from Newtown High, and her daughter, Emily, is a student at Virginia Tech University.
A friend of the couple said: ‘She was a beautiful girl. She was an athlete — and he was an athlete, a skier — and in great shape. She spent her summers on Martha’s Vineyard. This is just the most crazy thing’
Her father, Robert Hubertus, said the obituary reflected what
the family wished to say about his daughter.
‘Whether watching a sunset on Martha’s Vineyard, going out for an early-morning run, educating young minds or serenading all listeners, Ruth’s free spirit captured and inspired all who knew her,’ the obituary said.
According to his LinkedIn page, Loev was a principal airport engineer at URS Corp. He is a 1989 graduate of Lehigh University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.
The 51-year-old was also an athlete who loved to ski and play golf, teaching his children Jennifer and Brian to love themselves, to follow their hearts, and to let go of
the negatives that may show them down from enjoying life,’ said the
Wednesday obituary in The News-Times.