He's been gone for eight years, but he still gets his wife flowers every Valentine's Day

Rich Cox hugs his wife Tracey on her dream vacation to Hawaii in 2009.

(CNN)A Kentucky man passed away in 2012, but before he did, he made sure that his wife would always know just how much he loved her.

For over eight years, Rich Cox has had a flower arrangement delivered to his wife for her birthday and Valentine's Day, which are a day apart.
When Tracey got the first flower delivery, a year after Rich had passed, she said she was in shock over what her husband had arranged for her.
Rich's first Valentine's Day flower delivery surprised Tracey in 2013.
"It was really emotional," Tracey told CNN on Friday. "It was sad, but also happy at the same time because I just knew he'd always be with me."
But the flower deliveries didn't stop after 2013. They continued every year after, each with a new note attached to the bouquet.
This year's delivery said, "Happy Birthday and Valentine's Day. Love Rich."
The messages change each time, but the love remains constant.
"Tracey, even though you can't see me, I am always here. I love you. Love Rich," a note from 2018 read.
Tracey with Rich's flower arrangement from 2016.
Tracey describes her husband of 26 years as a caring, loving and emotional man -- the kind of man that would give her flowers just because.
"Every time I get them, it really brings back a lot of emotions and joyful tears," Tracey said. "It really brings back all the memories we were able to make together."