Go­ing strong at 60 years

Upper Hutt Leader - - OUT & ABOUT -

Up­per Hutt cou­ple Jean and Colin Ram­mell re­cently cel­e­brated 60 years of mar­ried life.

The pair met in Lon­don when Colin was 23 and Jean was 20.

They ar­rived in New Zealand from the UK in 1957 af­ter a sixweek hon­ey­moon on the SS Ran­gi­tata. Colin ac­cepted a job work­ing at the Wal­laceville Dairy Lab­o­ra­tory (WDL) where he later be­came man­ager.

Fol­low­ing WDL’s move to Hamil­ton, Colin man­aged the an­a­lyt­i­cal tox­i­col­ogy sec­tion at the Cen­tral An­i­mal Health Lab­o­ra­tory un­til his re­tire­ment in 1992, hav­ing pub­lished a book on Com­pound 1080 as well as about 70 sci­en­tific pa­pers.

Jean worked at the Pall Mall branch of Lloyds Bank in the UK. In NZ, she worked in the Town Clerk’s office and later at the Post Office. Mother­hood took over in 1958 and again in 1961 so she be­came a Play Cen­tre su­per­vi­sor be­fore own­ing and oper­at­ing her own minia­ture store, known as JayCeaRs Sta­tionery at the Broad­way.

Satur­day trad­ing even­tu­ally put an end to that and fam­ily life be­came far more im­por­tant. Jean also worked as a real es­tate agent and a cus­tomer sur­vey agent, man­ager of the Plant Ex­press, and as a gar­dener and kitchen hand at Kaitoke Coun­try Gar­dens.

More re­cently, Jean has been run­ning the Wes­ley Cen­tre Crafter’s mar­ket. She op­er­ated the Ram­mell’s home as the As­ton Nor­wood B&B for sev­eral years, en­joy­ing the com­pany of both overseas and lo­cal guests.

Jean has been fully en­gaged in her love of gar­den­ing while Colin has en­joyed his par­tic­i­pa­tion in lighter sports, be­ing a foun­da­tion mem­ber of the lo­cal squash and cro­quet clubs. He started danc­ing for the first time 25 years ago, be­com­ing a mem­ber of seven lo­cal clubs. He ran his own se­quence danc­ing group in Epuni, and cre­ated a web­site that re­viewed old se­quence dance CDs, and new CDs.

The cou­ple said mar­riage was un­for­tu­nately a dy­ing art, per­haps be­cause for it to suc­ceed the par­tic­i­pants need to be thought­ful for each other’s needs.

Jean and Colin have two sons, one of whom, Brett, was trag­i­cally killed, and four de­light­ful grand­chil­dren.


Jean and Colin Ram­mell cel­e­brat­ing their 60th an­niver­sary.

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