Many happy re­turns

High school bud­dies in the 1960s have found an in­ter­est­ing way to stay in touch


A yel­low­ing Christ­mas card that’s seen bet­ter days re­mains the sym­bol of a bond dat­ing back decades.

Since 1968, Truro res­i­dent Ron Trows­dale and his friend Don Gorveatt of Prince Ed­ward Is­land have signed and ex­changed the same card, a re­minder of their friend­ship as teens in Char­lot­te­town.

“It’s made 50 trips over the wa­ter by par­cel post, ev­ery time it’s marked ‘To Ron from Don’ and then ‘To Don from Ron’ and the year is in­di­cated,” said Trows­dale, now 71.

In­deed, their fray­ing card is now a his­tor­i­cal record of sorts. When Trows­dale first posted it in 1968, the United States was at war in Viet­nam and stu­dent protests rocked both Europe and North Amer­ica.

Trows­dale him­self still lived in a far calmer Prince Ed­ward Is­land at the time, but just two years af­ter his and Gorveatt’s rst card ex­change, he was posted to Hal­i­fax for work.

Af­ter an­other cou­ple of years, in 1972, Trows­dale and his wife Glo­ria moved to Truro, their present home.

Trows­dale man­aged the lo­cal Glid­den Paint and Sher­win Wil­liams lo­ca­tions in town un­til he re­tired. He also served as a vol­un­teer re ghter and as pres­i­dent of the Truro Le­gion.

All the while, Trows­dale and Gorveatt con­tin­ued their Christ­mas card ex­change into the 21st cen­tury.

eir in­creas­ingly bat­tered card now has tape sup­port­ing its spine. Between Christ­mases, Trows­dale said he and Gorveatt “guard this card with our lives.”

“ e card is start­ing to ll up,” said Trows­dale. “We have it on the in­side and now the back. Hope­fully we’ll need an in­sert, if you know what I mean. We plan on car­ry­ing on for as long as we can.” How­ever, the two friends’ Christ­mas tra­di­tion started al­most on a whim 50 years ago.

Sher­win Wil­liams sent Christ­mas cards to its em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing Trows­dale. He snagged a card for Gorveatt and posted it to him.

“I’m amazed with our­selves for car­ry­ing on with this,” said Trows­dale. “It’s one of the high­lights of my Christ­mas.”

His Christ­mas tra­di­tion with Gorveatt is one way Trows­dale keeps up with his birth province.

Both he and Glo­ria pe­ri­od­i­cally visit their sib­lings in Char­lot­te­town, as well as Gorveatt, who lives just out­side the city.

is year, the cou­ple hosted their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren at their home in Truro for Christ­mas.

While Truro is now home, Trows­dale de­scribes both him­self and Glo­ria as “trans­planted is­lan­ders.”


Ron Trows­dale has ex­changed the same Christ­mas card with his friend Don Gorveatt since 1968.

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