Frasers celebrate 50 years
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.