“So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.”
- Robert Burns from “A Red, Red Rose”
Chartwell Harbours residents Gerry and Flo, who have been together for well-over half a century, prove true love exists. Their relationship has defined them since they were both children—based on devotion, respect and compromise—and is a true inspiration to their friends, family and fellow residents at their retirement community in Calgary.
Gerry and Flo’s amazing story began back in 1952. It was a year that saw Canadian troops fighting in the Korean War, and also the year that Elizabeth II became Queen after the death of her father, King George VI. Canada was on the cusp of a new era, and Flo and Gerry, both 18, were at the forefront of it, filled with hopes, dreams and something more profound—love.
Both worked for the Alberta government and lived at their parent’s homes in Calgary at the time. Gerry would take Flo out for dates on his motorcycle every chance he got, and their relationship quickly blossomed. In April of that same year, just as spring had sprung, the two were married in Central United Church in Calgary, the very same place where Flo’s parents tied the knot.
As years passed, many things changed for the couple, though their love and commitment remained. They bought their first home together in Calgary, and their family grew with the births of their two loving sons, Cliff and Kim. Every year Gerry and Flo celebrated their wedding anniversary with fervour and enthusiasm.
By their 17th year together, Gerry was committed to giving Flo a new ring for every anniversary they celebrated thereafter. Over the years, they travelled the world, making friends wherever they settled, and their love continued to strengthen year after year.
In 2017, the long-time couple decided it was time to move into a retirement community, and Chartwell Harbours Retirement Residence was the perfect fit for their needs. They’ve since settled into their new lifestyle and recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, a truly exciting milestone.
If you were to ask Flo and Gerry the secret to a successful marriage, their advice is simple. “Love, respect and compromise for each other has seen us through,” explains Gerry. “Also, a good morning and good night kiss goes a long way!”