Cou­ple cel­e­brate 69 years of mar­riage

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS - CARLY THOMAS

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.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ FAIRFAX NZ

Palmer­ston North cou­ple Bob and Dot Passey marked their 69th an­niver­sary on May 15 at Ra­dius Pep­pertree.

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