The retired restaurateur Gerry Turner found the second love of his life!
The first-ever star of The Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner ended the inaugural season of the show by getting engaged to the second great love of his life, Theresa Nist.
Gerry Turner’s happily ever after, came six years after the death of his high school sweetheart, Toni. He admitted he was in love with his final three women — Theresa, Leslie Fhima and Faith Martin.
Gerry said goodbye to Faith after her Hometown date and he parted ways with Leslie after they spent the night together in the Fantasy Suite and she met his family.
Theresa also had a Fantasy Suite date with Gerry and met his loved ones. The meeting with Gerry’s daughters, Jenny and Angie, and granddaughters, Payton and Charlee, went exceedingly well.
“If Dad proposes to Theresa, I think it’d be a great thing, actually. I’d be very happy for him,” Jenny told the cameras, with Angie adding, “I really do think I could see him getting down on one knee and them getting married.”
During Theresa and Gerry’s last date together her nerves set in, though she told Gerry she didn’t want her to choose her if he wasn’t totally invested.
“I won’t propose unless I’m 1,000 percent committed to what we have,” Gerry assured her.
“Over the course of this journey, I said to myself, ‘How lucky would I be to find a second love of my lifetime?'” Gerry Turner told the cameras before his proposal, further revealing that he was “pretty comfortable” in knowing that his late wife, Toni, would approve of his choice.
Theresa went into the big moment “so nervous,” but ready to start her life with Gerry Turner, should he choose her.
“I thought I was going to live the rest of my life alone until I met you,” Theresa told Gerry. “… I’m so madly in love with you, Gerry. I feel that for us, life isn’t over. The best is yet to come… I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”
“When I woke up this morning, it was difficult. I had really mixed feelings… I came to the realization — you’re not the right person for me to live with,” he said with a dramatic pause, before clarifying, “You’re the person that I can’t live without.”
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