Frasers cel­e­brate 50 years

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By KA­T­RINA LINTONBON

Keep­ing your mouth shut and al­ways kiss­ing each other good night – these are just two of the things that have made Peter and Ju­dith Fraser’s mar­riage a suc­cess over the years.

The Ti­rau cou­ple cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Fri­day April 1.

A gather­ing of fam­ily and friends was or­gan­ised by the cou­ple’s daugh­ters to mark the spe­cial oc­ca­sion.

Mr and Mrs Fraser were mar­ried at St Michael’s Church in Sal­is­bury, Eng­land. About 50 peo­ple at­tended the cer­e­mony.

The cou­ple spent their hon­ey­moon in Ger­many. Their first night to­gether as a mar­ried cou­ple was spent on a ship sail­ing across the North Sea.

‘‘We were both so sick on that boat ride. Let’s just say there was noth­ing else that was go­ing to be hap­pen­ing that night,’’ Mr Fraser laughed.

In 1972 Mr and Mrs Fraser came to New Zealand and it has been home ever since.

A shoe box has been the per­ma­nent home of their orig­i­nal mar­riage cer­tifi­cate.

From a hus­band’s point of view, Mr Fraser has one piece of ad­vice.

‘‘Just keep your mouth shut,’’ he laughed.

Re­gard­less of the ups and downs that Mr and Mrs Fraser have had, not once have they ever not given each a kiss good night.

‘‘It’s point­less hold­ing grudges,’’ Mr Fraser said. ‘‘You re­ally just have to get on with it.’’

Mr and Mrs Fraser have shared ev­ery­thing in their 50 years of mar­i­tal bliss in­clud­ing a pas­sion for pi­geon rac­ing – some­thing that Mr Fraser has been in­volved with since he was a child.

The cou­ple had four daugh­ters, Teresa, Karen, Jean and Heather. In Septem­ber 1983 their sec­ond daugh­ter Karen was killed in a car ac­ci­dent.

Fol­low­ing their daugh­ter’s death Mr and Mrs Fraser agree that it was the sup­port of their re­main­ing daugh­ters that got them through.

‘‘We re­ally got through Karen’s death as a fam­ily.’’

Their grand­chil­dren Wil­liam, Kevin, Jarred, Haylee and Karen and their two great grand chil­dren Alex and Shya have been and con­tinue to be the shin­ing lights in their lives.

Mr and Mrs Fraser have also had their share of ma­jor health is­sues which has only made their bond stronger and given them both an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for life that many oth­ers would envy.

‘‘You have to laugh!’’ Mrs Fraser said. ‘‘Life’s too short not to smile.’’

Shar­ing is car­ing: Ti­rau cou­ple Peter and Ju­dith Fraser cel­e­brated their 50th wed­ding an­niver­sary on Fri­day April 1.

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