Couple celebrate 69 years of marriage
Bob and Dot Passey have just celebrated 69 years of marriage and when asked about the secret to a happy marriage, Dot replied, ‘‘no secret, just love’’.
The Palmerston North pair met playing ‘‘ping pong and tennis at the Pohangina Hall’’ and went on to become ‘‘great friends’’, Dot said.
Bob said he would walk Dot home and ‘‘sneak a kiss’’.
‘‘She was a tiny little thing but boy could she chase a tennis ball.’’
They were married in 1948 at Palmerston North’s All Saints Church and Bob remembered thinking Dot would never make it down the aisle as it was so long.
‘‘I remember it so well, I couldn’t even see her, she was so far away. It was a happy day.’’
Bob is 92 and Dot is 93, but both said they felt like the same people they were when they married.
‘‘I can’t believe we got this old,’’ said Dot.
‘‘It’s hard to grasp that we have done 69 years together. We have just got on with our lives and there have been ups and downs, good and bad times but we have made the best of it.’’
Bob lived on his Pohangina farm for 89 years and 69 of those were spent there with Dot. He said it was a busy life bringing up their three children on the farm and sometimes hard.
‘‘We didn’t have a car, so we didn’t get into town much. I would pick up shearing work to help and it would be tough sometimes.’’
Bob moved to the Radius Peppertree Retirement facility five years ago and Dot moved there recently. Dot said it was wonderful to be living close together again.
‘‘I think he is better since I’ve been here, happier in his outlook.’’
Dot said she ‘‘never wanted to swap him for anybody else, he’s a good man’’ and she was really setting her sights on making it through to 70 years of marriage.
Palmerston North couple Bob and Dot Passey marked their 69th anniversary on May 15 at Radius Peppertree.