True Love Remains Strong After More Than Six Decades

on the Monday, February 1, 2021

After almost 65 years of marriage, the love lives on for Mercy Place Edgewater resident Bob Winterburn and his wife Amy, who are set to spend Valentine’s Day 2021 once again side-by-side, after meeting in Queensland when they were in their 20s.

The couple met in Townsville back in 1954 when they were both working for major pastoral and agricultural company Dalgety, and courted for two years - enjoying dates at the local picture theatre, milk bar and at occasional dances organised by the Country Women’s Association or YMCA.

They went on to get married at the local Presbyterian Church in Townsville on 24 March 1956 which, according to Amy, was later ‘blown away’ in a cyclone.  A year later, their first daughter Deborah was born, followed two years later by their son Johnathon. The couple now have five grandchildren and six great grandchildren, including triplets that were born in July last year.

According to Amy, who will turn 90 years old this year, her 95-year-old husband Bob – an accountant by profession who also has a passion for history - is one of the kindest men you could every meet.

“Bob has been a wonderful partner for all these years and we’ve have had a very happy life together and are extremely proud of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren,” says Amy, who together with her husband has travelled extensively during her life, throughout Europe, Canada and America.

“We loved to travel, though I think some of our happiest times were when we lived in Sydney, which we called home for almost 40 years.

“I’ve been asked if I have any tips for a long and happy marriage, and all I can say is that it’s about give-and-take and compromise, too,” she says.  “Plus we have lived quiet simple lives in many ways - neither of us have ever had a drink in our lives, and we’ve never smoked either.”

Mercy Place Edgewater Service Manager, Surabh Nair, says Amy and Bob have had, and continue to have, a wonderful partnership.

“They are well-known in our Mercy Place community and are clearly still devoted to each other, despite the fact that Bob lives with us now at Mercy Place Edgewater,” he says.

“We are very keen to make this Valentine’s Day extra special for them as they are the loveliest couple, and they obviously still think the world of each other.”

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