Di­a­mond for Dempseys

North Coast Weekender - - Opinion -

ALMA (79) and Mal (82) Dempsey cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary re­cently.

To mark their spe­cial day, the Marmion pair went for their usual early morn­ing swim at Water­mans Bay, de­spite the un­sea­son­able cold weather, fol­lowed by cham­pagne with other swim­mers.

Daugh­ter Glenda Cooper said her par­ents were “al­ways out and about and trav­el­ling”.

“We love that they are still so in­volved and have so many friends and lunches and trips that they en­joy,” she said.

Mrs Cooper said Mr Dempsey had suf­fered a heart at­tack two years ago, so the cou­ple had been mak­ing sure to “fit more in to life”.

They have been long-time par­tic­i­pants in the North Beach Bowl­ing Club, with Mr Dempsey pres­i­dent for 13 years un­til he re­tired from the po­si­tion last year.

Mrs Dempsey was an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of Zonta and is still in­volved.

The cou­ple has four chil­dren, eight grand­chil­dren and seven great-grand­chil­dren.

Happy an­niver­sary: Mal and Alma Dempsey cel­e­brated their 60th wed­ding an­niver­sary re­cently. Be­low: The cou­ple on their wed­ding day.

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