If there is a secret to a successful marriage, it’s safe to assume that Ron and Sheila Cox know what it is.
The long-time Nelson residents celebrated their 67th wedding anniversary on Saturday, November 16 in their home on Front Street.
Family, friends and several special guests attended the event. A contingent of Nelson Emergency Services personnel were on hand, including representatives from Nelson Police, Nelson Fire, Nelson Ambulance Service and the Nelson Legion.
The couple met in Nelson, right after Ron came home from the Second World War.
“His sister phoned me up to come down and meet him,” explained Sheila.
“He was there and he asked me ‘would you like to go out for ice cream?’ and I did it,” she added.
That started a relationship that has lasted for close to seven decades.
When asked how to keep a marriage going for 67 years, the Coxes have two completely different answers.
“Tolerance” is the key according to Sheila, but Ron said you have to “give in.”
You also need to know who the boss is.
“We both are,” said Ron, adding that his wife is always the boss in the kitchen.
Sheila said that it may have been fate that the couple ended up together. Before they knew each other, they were in the Nelson paper together.
“He was on one side and I was on the other,” said Sheila.
Ron was in the paper because he was missing in action, Sheila was there because she was a dancer.
A copy of the paper is framed and hanging on their wall.