Tim Conway‘s widow Charlene is remembering her late husband as “funny” and “kind” after his death at the age of 85.
On Tuesday, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor, who gained fame for his characters on The Carol Burnett Show, died in the Los Angeles area, his rep confirmed to PEOPLE.
Conway had suffered complications from Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH), and showed no signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia.
Charlene, who was married to Tim for 35 years, says that her late husband was “a gift,” telling PEOPLE that he was “truly a gift.”
“People say that nothing is perfect and truly nothing ever is,” she shares. “But we had a marriage that… I feel that the two of us were meant to be together. We were just one mind and heart. And it was 35 years of heaven. I know that sounds cheesy, but it’s true.”
Charlene says she will remember Tim as a “devoted” and “funny” husband and father. (Tim shares six children and one stepdaughter with ex-wife Mary Anne Dalton.)
Tim “instill in the family, all the kids, the grandkids, that humor does help us deal with horrific experiences,” she explains. “It’s a way out. For him, it was a way out. It didn’t mean he felt or grieved any less. That was his outlet for it.”
Charlene also notes that Tim stayed “humble” despite being a celebrity.
“He was always shocked and surprised when other celebrities knew who he was,” she explains. “He truly was. He and Harvey toured for ten years doing this two-man show in theaters all across the country, and he was always surprised that there were standing ovations and crowds around the stage door, entrance and exit.”
“That’s how humble he was,” she continues. “He never took his celebrity for granted, nor did he wallow in it.”
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“When he did those shows, when he and Harvey were touring, I was with them and I wasn’t surprised that people stood up, and I wasn’t surprised that there were crowds at the stage door,” she adds. “And they were all ages, not just people who spent 11 years watching the Carol Burnett Show, but there were the kids who learned about these folks on the syndicated version, and they had their kids.”
Thanking fans for the “outpouring” of support and love