Hamilton couple celebrate 65 years of (nearly) wedded bliss

News Jun 08, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Molly and George Prior, the life-size black and white photo taken on their wedding day brought back a flood of memories.

Staff and residents at Royal Vista Gardens, a seniors’ apartment complex on Upper Gage, presented the photo to the couple at a barbecue on May 20, the couple’s 65th anniversary.

The couple, both 87, met as children more than 70 years ago in Lakeview, now part of Mississauga.

“We were neighbours,” said Molly.

“We became boyfriend and girlfriend at 15 then we married at 22,” said George.

A machinist by trade, George worked on the ill-fated Avro Arrow project in the ‘50s until the project was scrapped in 1959 by the Diefenbaker government.

 “When Diefenbaker fired me I couldn’t get a job because there were thousands of people at that time looking for a job,” said George, who along with Molly, decided to exchange his machinist’s tools for a cook’s outfit.

The couple moved to Huntsville and opened a Tasty Cream drive-in restaurant.

“It was the first drive-in in Muskoka,” George said.

Running their own business meant a lot of 18-hour days and the couple eventually sold the drive-in and moved to Shelburne where they ran a grave stone and monument business.

Following retirement they moved to Georgetown then to Burlington and then three years ago to the south-central Mountain where they remain.

The couple strongly believes in giving back to their community.

During their working years Molly was chair of the board of the old Huntsville hospital while George was a member of several service clubs.

He remains an active Shriner.

The couple said the key to their long and successful marriage has been a little “give and take” on both sides

“We’ve enjoyed our life,” said Molly who noted they’re awaiting word this week about the pending birth of their second great grandchild.

They have two adult children and 10 grandchildren in Canada and the U.S.

All of those grandchildren and great grandchildren plus the activities at Royal Vista Gardens keep the couple busy and they’re already looking forward to their 70th anniversary.

“We’ll be 92,” George grinned.

Hamilton couple celebrate 65 years of (nearly) wedded bliss

Molly and George Prior were a busy couple

News Jun 08, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Molly and George Prior, the life-size black and white photo taken on their wedding day brought back a flood of memories.

Staff and residents at Royal Vista Gardens, a seniors’ apartment complex on Upper Gage, presented the photo to the couple at a barbecue on May 20, the couple’s 65th anniversary.

The couple, both 87, met as children more than 70 years ago in Lakeview, now part of Mississauga.

“We were neighbours,” said Molly.

“We became boyfriend and girlfriend at 15 then we married at 22,” said George.

A machinist by trade, George worked on the ill-fated Avro Arrow project in the ‘50s until the project was scrapped in 1959 by the Diefenbaker government.

 “When Diefenbaker fired me I couldn’t get a job because there were thousands of people at that time looking for a job,” said George, who along with Molly, decided to exchange his machinist’s tools for a cook’s outfit.

The couple moved to Huntsville and opened a Tasty Cream drive-in restaurant.

“It was the first drive-in in Muskoka,” George said.

Running their own business meant a lot of 18-hour days and the couple eventually sold the drive-in and moved to Shelburne where they ran a grave stone and monument business.

Following retirement they moved to Georgetown then to Burlington and then three years ago to the south-central Mountain where they remain.

The couple strongly believes in giving back to their community.

During their working years Molly was chair of the board of the old Huntsville hospital while George was a member of several service clubs.

He remains an active Shriner.

The couple said the key to their long and successful marriage has been a little “give and take” on both sides

“We’ve enjoyed our life,” said Molly who noted they’re awaiting word this week about the pending birth of their second great grandchild.

They have two adult children and 10 grandchildren in Canada and the U.S.

All of those grandchildren and great grandchildren plus the activities at Royal Vista Gardens keep the couple busy and they’re already looking forward to their 70th anniversary.

“We’ll be 92,” George grinned.

Hamilton couple celebrate 65 years of (nearly) wedded bliss

Molly and George Prior were a busy couple

News Jun 08, 2015 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

For Molly and George Prior, the life-size black and white photo taken on their wedding day brought back a flood of memories.

Staff and residents at Royal Vista Gardens, a seniors’ apartment complex on Upper Gage, presented the photo to the couple at a barbecue on May 20, the couple’s 65th anniversary.

The couple, both 87, met as children more than 70 years ago in Lakeview, now part of Mississauga.

“We were neighbours,” said Molly.

“We became boyfriend and girlfriend at 15 then we married at 22,” said George.

A machinist by trade, George worked on the ill-fated Avro Arrow project in the ‘50s until the project was scrapped in 1959 by the Diefenbaker government.

 “When Diefenbaker fired me I couldn’t get a job because there were thousands of people at that time looking for a job,” said George, who along with Molly, decided to exchange his machinist’s tools for a cook’s outfit.

The couple moved to Huntsville and opened a Tasty Cream drive-in restaurant.

“It was the first drive-in in Muskoka,” George said.

Running their own business meant a lot of 18-hour days and the couple eventually sold the drive-in and moved to Shelburne where they ran a grave stone and monument business.

Following retirement they moved to Georgetown then to Burlington and then three years ago to the south-central Mountain where they remain.

The couple strongly believes in giving back to their community.

During their working years Molly was chair of the board of the old Huntsville hospital while George was a member of several service clubs.

He remains an active Shriner.

The couple said the key to their long and successful marriage has been a little “give and take” on both sides

“We’ve enjoyed our life,” said Molly who noted they’re awaiting word this week about the pending birth of their second great grandchild.

They have two adult children and 10 grandchildren in Canada and the U.S.

All of those grandchildren and great grandchildren plus the activities at Royal Vista Gardens keep the couple busy and they’re already looking forward to their 70th anniversary.

“We’ll be 92,” George grinned.