60th wedding anniversary
By Liz Dadson
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Marilyn (L) and Frank Caiger-Watson of Trillium Court Seniors' Community, Kincardine, celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary Thursday afternoon
Marilyn and Frank Caiger-Watson of Trillium Court Seniors' Community, Kincardine, met in Ottawa in 1952, and were married a year later.
Thursday afternoon, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary surrounded by friends, as well as staff and residents of Trillium Court.
In 1952, Marilyn was working at the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, while Frank worked close by. They would see each other at a local restaurant and both felt the attraction.
They were married in 1953 and, the following year, they moved west to Kemano, British Columbia, where they lived for almost three years.
In 1956, they moved back to Pembroke where their daughter, Kim, was born in 1957, followed by their daughter, Susan, in 1959.
The next move took the family to Deep River where Frank began work for Ontario Hydro. They lived there until 1969 when they moved to Kincardine.
They built their home beside the Kincardine Golf Course and have many happy memories of living there.
Frank retired from Hydro in 1988 and pursued his love of golf. He and Marilyn travelled all over the world, with trips to Alaska, the Panama Canal, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, and England, as well as spending some winters in Arizona.
Following a diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease, Frank was instrumental in starting the Kincardine and District Parkinson's chapter, and until this year, has consistently been the top fund-raiser for the Parkinson SuperWalk, held every September.
Marilyn and Frank were were also very active at the Anglican Church of the Messiah in Kincardine.
They moved to Trillium Court almost three years ago and enjoy an active social life there among the many friends they have made.
Their daughter, Susan, passed away in 2008, leaving behind a beautiful granddaughter, Sophie, who is now 15, and the love of her grandparents' life.
Their daughter, Kim, has been married to Tim Bolger for 34 years and lives and works in Alberta.
When asked how he and Marilyn managed to stay married for 60 years, Frank just smiled and said, "It wasn't alway easy."
--background information supplied by Kim Bolger
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