Sweethearts Reunite After 48 Years

RENO, NV - If Dave Mahaffey looks like he's about to crawl out of this skin...you would be too.

He's at the airport waiting for a girl he's waited for for the last 48 years.

It started back in high school.

Judy Carani as she was known back then was engaged to Dave as they both attended Timken Vocational High School in Ohio

“Yes she was very pretty and we just hit it off,” says Dave.

After Dave graduated--he enlisted and was headed for Vietnam, that's when Judy delivered the devastating news.

“Just another guy, Oh I was hurt, I mean she broke my heart,” says Dave

Heartbroken, Dave went to war and flew air rescue missions for about a year.
He would later return stateside, move to Montana, marry his wife Regina, a start up a dairy farm.

But he never forgot Judy.

For Judy's part she married, divorced and married again.

After 13 years her third husband developed cancer.
Meantime Dave moved to Carson City, with his wife and two kids.

Judy was diagnosed with lung cancer, after treatment it went into remission.

Dave's wife Regina developed cancer as well and toward the end of her life, Dave himself was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Regina died after 43 years of marriage to Dave in December of 2011.

Dave's cancer went into remission.

Dave's daughter Georgina helped with her mother's care.

But days and weeks after her mother's death she says, her father was in the depths of depression.

That's when she and her daughter Candace got to work on the computer, and looked up the now Judy Martin on Facebook.

After one email, the love connection was made.

Dave says he talks to Judy about four hours a day, and it was during one of these conversations the decision was made, Judy would come for a visit.

That's where we left off, where Dave looks like he's crawling out of his skin..

The two walk hand in hand down the escalator, to baggage claim.

Georgina has no regrets.

“I just wanted to see my dad happy,” sh says.

For Judy its time to build on the past--never give up she says, because you just don't know what awaits you....

Are wedding bells in the future for these long lost sweethearts? We'll keep you updated.

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