Never too late for love

Two residents at our Peninsula View Community have shown that it is never too late to find love.

84-year-old Margaret recently walked down the aisle where she and partner 85-year-old Francis both said “I do” at a commitment ceremony held in the dining room of the residential aged care facility.

The couple met 18 months ago when Margaret, a former primary school teacher moved into Baptcare Peninsula View. Francis, a former Mayor and Councillor of Collingwood, was one of the first to welcome her to her new home and they instantly struck up a friendship. Over their many chats they both realised they had many common talking points.

“Francis used to sit at a dining room table doing crossword puzzles and used to talk to everyone near the coffee machine. I found out he had received the Order of Australia. My father was awarded a New Zealand Order. So, we got talking about our lives and it turns out I had the life his daughter had so I could relate and understand the life he led and it gave me a real insight into him as a person,” said Margaret.

Their friendship continued, as did their chats, until Francis suffered a health setback earlier this year. Margaret took up a vigil post by his bedside when he didn’t have visitors and it is here they became devoted companions.

“We thought we were going to lose him. I saw him struggling so much and didn’t think he was going to survive,” said Margaret.

Make it he did though and upon his recovery Francis repeatedly asked Margaret to marry him.

“It’s so nice to share in the companionship we have. We just get along so well. After being previously married for 54 years, I never thought I would marry again so it is a pleasant surprise,” said Margaret.

And already acting like a long time married couple, Francis interjects stating: “I feel we get along well if I let you win!”

Margaret and Francis’ special day was held on August 2 and the happy couple were surrounded by family, friends, staff and residents. Margaret wore a white jacket over a georgette skirt and Francis donned casual wear for the occasion while attended by Margaret’s daughter Briar Rule as matron of honour, good friend and resident Patricia Holmes as bridesmaid, and Steve Case as the best man. Grandchildren Stacy, Isobel, Alexandra and Emily played their part as flowergirls.

The staff at Peninsula View provided support for Margaret and Francis to hold this ceremony. This is the first commitment ceremony held at this residential aged care facility and staff were happy to assist with an afternoon the couple will remember fondly.

When asked what they hoped for in their marriage the recently married couple responded with “a good time together and a bit of adventure.”

We wish them all the best!

Contact: Annemarie Watt

Phone: 0428 063 664