PAT MacDONALD (NEE SMALL) & BOB MacDONALD
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.