25 december 2012

“I’m going to keep him,” says Nova Scotia woman after 77 years of marriage


(Photo: CBC News report)

Their love story began with the song "Carolina moon keeps shining" almost 80 years ago. Bill was 15, Bertie was 15. He wanted to marry her. She told him to wait. “Not until I'm 18,” she said.

So for the next three years, Bill made the five kilometre trek between his hometown of Liverpool, Nova Scotia and Bertie's hometown of Milton.

On Dec. 2, 1935, a week after Bertie's birthday, they exchanged vows and became Bill and Bertie Nickerson. They raised two sons and built their family home.

Seventy-seven years later, the Nickersons are still crazy about each other. "I wouldn't trade her for the world, I love her every minute," says Bill.

"I don't have a word to say except I'm going to keep him," says Bertie.

What a milestone! The Nickersons recently celebrated 77 years of being happily married. (Photo: CBC News report)

Bill is now 98, Bertie is 95. Bill has had three heart attacks and Bertie has difficulty walking. They lost their oldest son, Michael, to a heart attack two years ago. But they have relatives nearby and friends who keep an eye on them.

They also have the secret to a happy marriage. "All you have to do is agree," says Bill, adding he'll live forever with Bertie by his side.

Gilda Salomone, with files from the CBC


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