Love is 70 years strong

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ar­ran Mor­ton

It was love at first sight for Waikiki great-grand­fa­ther Ted Prop­er­john when he first laid eyes on his bride-to-be Phyll Hooker in late 1943.

Both mem­bers of the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force, Mr Prop­er­john said he had flown dur­ing the war with Phyll’s brother Eric.

He said the pair mar­ried on Novem­ber 17, 1945, in a small New South Wales town be­fore mov­ing to Western Aus­tralia in 1946.

Nearly seven decades on and the couple will cel­e­brate their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary this week.

Mrs Prop­er­john said she and Ted be­came par­ents to son Ge­off and daugh­ters Wendy and Vicki and were later joined by five grand­chil­dren and five great-grand­chil­dren.

She said her hus­band worked on the rail­ways af­ter he was dis­charged from the RAAF un­til he re­tired at 60 and they moved to Rock­ing­ham.

“I think the se­cret to a long mar­riage is al­ways say­ing ‘yes dear’, but just do­ing what you want any­way,” Mrs Prop­er­john said.

“We raised our kids well and we’re home-lov­ing peo­ple.”

Mr Prop­er­john said the couple had al­ways lived well, avoided smok­ing and drink­ing, and now, both in their 90s, en­joyed play­ing bowls and at­tend­ing the Rock­ing­ham RSL and lo­cal Probus clubs.

He said he and his wife had also en­joyed learn­ing to use com­put­ers. “There’s not many of us left from the RAAF now — but we enjoy keep­ing busy,” Mr Prop­er­john said.

Pic­ture: Ar­ran Mor­ton

Waikiki couple Ted and Phyll Prop­er­john cel­e­brate their 70th wed­ding an­niver­sary this week.

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