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Widower Lee Ballantyne was dining alone after the new year when he saw a young couple that reminded him of his late wife — an image so evocative Mr. Ballantyne purchased the couple’s dinner to  “put a smile” on his wife’s face.

Mr. Ballantyne’s wife, Carol, diagnosed with lung cancer last year, lost her battle to the disease Dec. 30.

A photo of the napkin note he left the couple was posted to Reddit where it garnered a number of both positive and negative responses — some of which prompted Mr. Ballantyne’s son, Jason, to defend his father, reports the Daily Mail.

“Not only is this story true but it’s about real people dealing with a devastating loss.”

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