YORK COUNTY, S.C. - A South Carolina family is mourning the loss of their beloved husband and father who died of a heart attack just moments after dancing with his daughter at her wedding in Costa Rica on Saturday.
In a Facebook post, Jeni Buchanan writes about her husband, Tim:
"You never know when the last time will be the last time!
Tim came into my life at a time when I was broken to the core and held me up and built me into a strong person. Over the years we raised four amazing children, cared for my little brothers when they needed us the most and had even had the honor of a beautiful grandchild.
He was the most beautiful soul I have ever known and I will never be the same without him. I know he loved me and our family."
Jeni shared a photo that she says her dear friends took of her and her husband during their daughter's wedding. She is so grateful for the photo. "Little did I know just a few hours later we would lose him," she wrote.
Tim Buchanan, who served as a detective for the York County Sheriff's Office in Rock Hill, South Carolina, was just 54 years old.
A friend created a Go Fund Me page to help the family.
"Through the shock of their terrible loss, Jeni has to now deal with arrangements and expenses that she wasn't at all prepared for. I know that Jeni would be so grateful for any donation that you can make, and of course, prayers for her and their family."
Jeni wrote in a separate Facebook post, that family was the most important thing to Tim "....to the point that he ignored his body telling him something was wrong. He should have gone to the doctor, but he was afraid that he wouldn't be able to attend our daughter's wedding. Every one of us wish he was still here and hadn't ignored the signs that something was wrong.
If there is anything you can do for us, it is to take care of yourself and your loved ones. If we can save just one life with our tragedy, then he can be a hero one more time."