Going strong at 60 years
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.