Rev. David Brown and his wife Dorothy celebrated 64 years of marriage.

Six decades and counting

Couple celebrates 64 years of marriage

What is it that keeps a couple together for 64 years? For one couple in Sooke the answer is slowly getting to know one another.

Rev. David and Dorothy Brown recently celebrated their 64th anniversary in Sooke by going out to Mom’s Cafe for a meal. Nothing too extreme, but well suited to the  couple who lives quietly by the Strait of Juan de Fuca along West Coast Road.

They have had their share of happiness and sadness in their 80 plus years.

David is 85 and Dorothy is 84 and they met 66 years ago in Portsmouth, England on the day peace was declared in Europe. They married in 1947 in India when David was stationed there with the Royal Army Service Corp.

Of the experience in India, Dorothy said they “liked it very much, especially the curry and rice.”

David remembers climbing up one of the minarets in the Taj Mahal. They lived in the married quarters and had a cook and a young boy who did chores. Dorothy was the only English bride there. By the time of the Indian partition the couple was back in England. But life in England after the war was not easy, rationing existed in the country until 1951 and it was then that the couple set out for Canada. Three of their four children were born in England, one was born in Ontario.

They left the vestiges of war behind but the memories traveled along with them.

David still recalls the invasion on D Day.

“It started with absolute hell the day before,” he said. “We were under sail at midnight the day before the landing and the sea was rougher than it gets on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In the morning we landed at 7:05 a.m. and were the second wave. We landed right where a French woman was shooting at us, she had sympathies with the Germans. We blew the whole house down.”

His memories are vivid and he holds no warm and fuzzy memories of the war. He never did figure out why he was spared in the war until a time when Evangelist Billy Graham was in England and David made his commitment.

“He was guided along a step at a time,” said Dorothy in regard to David’s journey into theology and the church.

The couple spent most of their working life in Saskatchewan and Alberta then retired to Sooke 20 years ago. One of their daughters had moved to Vancouver Island and the couple liked the area when they visited.

Dorothy said David was born on the south coast of England and the ocean climate suited him so much better than the harsh prairie climate.

They have seen a lot of changes in Sooke over the last 20 years, but still feel like it has a small town atmosphere. They love and appreciate the rural surroundings but David said, “politically it’s been a mess, locally and provincially.”

Not one to mince words, when asked if it was love at first sight, David said, “no.”

They said they grew into it. After writing letters to each other for 18 months, David proposed in a letter.

“He told me he got to know me through my letters,” said Dorothy.

“I think we’ve both been really blessed to be able to live together so long.”

Just Posted

Group seeks to build honorary RCMP sculpture in Sooke

Sooke RCMP officers work long hours protecting the community, and a local… Continue reading

Refugee family gets help with rent

Sooke council changes scope of $3,600 grant

Central Saanich police chase down speeding biker

A motorcyclist from the Lower Mainland was caught on the Tsawout reserve… Continue reading

Plans in place for Cordova Bay commercial development

Staff approve proposal for 91 residential units and 46,797 commercial space for Cordova Bay

B.C. cougar kitten rescued after mother struck by vehicle

Conservation Officers find home for young kitten found dehydrated and frostbitten near Williams Lake

B.C. out of the running for Amazon’s next headquarters

Toronto is the only Canadian city left in the running despite the province backing Metro Vancouver’s bid for new Amazon headquarters

B.C. hockey player nominated for Hobey Baker Award

Myles Powell is a forward at Rochester Institute of Technology

Post interest rate hike debt tips

What to do about your debt and mortgages after the interest rate hike

Foreign workers sleeping in Alberta Burger King basement

Alberta Health Services said its inspectors found foreign workers sleeping in the basement of the Lethbridge restaurant

Court application halts release of bread price-fixing documents

Bread price-fixing documents won’t be unsealed Thursday, Loblaw says

Pharrell and N.E.R.D to headline NBA All-Star halftime show

11-time Grammy winner Pharrell and his hip hop-rock band N.E.R.D. will headline the halftime show at the 2018 NBA All-Star game in Los Angeles

Heritage Minister wants zero tolerance for harassment in entertainment industry

Heritage Minister Melanie Joly had two meetings to discuss harassment in the film, TV and theatre worlds

Newly freed Diab wants reforms to Canada’s ‘lousy’ extradition law

French authorities dropped terrorism charges against Hassan Diab who was suspected of taking part in an attack in Paris in 1980

Most Read