Ray and Daphne celebrate 50 years
RAY Bermingham doesn't hesitate for even a split second when asked if he is still happily married to his wife of 50 years.
“Still very happy,” he says and immediately heaps praise on the woman who has shared his life for half a century.
“Sort things out as they happen. I was a shift worker all my life and played sport, so everything went to Daphne. She is the reason everything has worked out.”
And does he tell her that?
“Oh yes, I tell her.”
And as a special 50th anniversary present, Ray gave his wife a ring - and she gave him a gold chain with a cross.
This happy union produced a son, Gary and a daughter, Cheryl, who gave them two and three grandchildren, respectively. Ray and Daphne also have four great-grandchildren.
Their marriage on September 17, 1960, in Gympie's St Patrick's Church, was followed by a honeymoon at Bargara. In July this year, the couple took an 18-day cruise to Phuket - flying from Perth and returning via Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Freemantle.
To further celebrate this marital milestone, the couple joined family and friends for meal at the Gympie RSL.