PAT MacDON­ALD (NEE SMALL) & BOB MacDON­ALD

The Advertiser - - WEDDINGS -

MAR­RIED AT ST LUKE’S CHURCH, ADE­LAIDE LIKE many other young cou­ples of the 1950s, Pat and Bob met at a dance night in The­bar­ton.

“We just clicked straight away,” Bob said.

“She was look­ing at me across the dance fl floor and I was look­ing at her.”

They had ev­ery dance to­gether on that fate­ful evening in De­cem­ber 1954, and even made ar­range­ments to meet the fol­low­ing week­end at the Ade­laide GPO be­fore go­ing to the movies.

Bob, who was com­ing from the foot­ball, ran late to that date, but for­tu­nately Pat waited – and they have been in­sep­a­ra­ble ever since.

Pat and Bob be­came en­gaged in 1956 and mar­ried in Septem­ber the fol­low­ing year, aged 22 and 23 re­spec­tively.

They said it was a mar­riage made in heaven, be­cause Bob – who was or­phaned at an early age and raised by his pa­ter­nal grand­mother – was treated like a son by his in-laws, whom he came to love deeply.

The new­ly­wed cou­ple lived with Pat’s par­ents for two years be­fore buy­ing their first home at Clovelly Park.

Five years later, they moved to South Plymp­ton, where they raised their three chil­dren.

They stayed in the same home for 21 years, dur­ing which they worked sep­a­rate jobs be­fore start­ing their own re­cy­cling busi­ness, which went on to be­come a fam­ily af­fair.

After re­tire­ment, Bob and Pat sold their South Plymp­ton home and moved to North Brighton, where they have spent 30 happy years to­gether.

While they have trav­elled ex­ten­sively, the cou­ple said they were now happy to spend fam­ily time with their chil­dren, nine grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

Pat said mu­tual re­spect and en­cour­age­ment were key in­gre­di­ents of their long and happy mar­riage.

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their 60th an­niver­sary last week with a fam­ily lunch.

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