Owen Williams chronicled the touching series of gifts on Twitter, explaining that his neighbor's daughter came over after her father's death with a large plastic bag.
"In the sack were all the Christmas presents he'd bought for *our* daughter for the next (fourteen) years," Williams wrote. "He always told us he'd live (until) he was 100 years old, so these gifts would have taken him up to our little girl's 16th Christmas."
Our elderly neighbour passed away recently. His daughter popped round a few moments ago clutching a large plastic sack. In the sack were all the Christmas presents he’d bought for *our* daughter for the next thirteen years. 😢 pic.twitter.com/6CjiZ99Cor— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
Williams said he and his wife would continue to give their young daughter "a present from Ken" each year for the next 14 years.
He remembered his neighbor as a man of many hobbies who was kind to the family dog.
There’s some press interest in this story, so let me tell you a bit about the man:— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
Ken was a former salvage diver, seaman, carpenter, baker...
The first time I met him, he was bouncing a 20ft ladder across the face of his house.
He was on top.
He was 83 at the time.
Our dog loved him. I mean, genuine visceral love. It was mainly due to the chocolate digestive biscuits he gave her on first meeting. She’d scream whenever she saw him. Really scream. Like a banshee. He’d call her “my darling” and “sweetheart”.— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
This is her first meeting. pic.twitter.com/DoG1F8mprO
He played the accordion. We’d hear the strains of oompah drift through the kitchen wall late at night.— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
He said he’d live to 100.
He planned to do this again...https://t.co/Lpx1pdjU5L
Williams later tweeted that he had opened one of the presents -- he and his wife couldn't resist -- and found a book from French artist and writer Tomi Ungerer.
We opened one. We couldn’t resist. pic.twitter.com/vlNaRjoFoE— Owen Williams 🏴 (@OwsWills) December 17, 2018
"We're definitely going to open one every year (until) 2032, by the way. It'll be our way of remembering an immensely generous gentleman - our new Christmas tradition," Williams added.