When Bill met Bertie 84 years ago, he just knew she was the one.
“It was like heaven. Something went over me that I can’t explain,” he said to the Queen’s County Advance newspaper
But they were teens at the time and Bertie, who was 15 years old, refused to even consider marrying dear Bill until she was 19. Luckily, the ever-in-love Bill thought it was only right to wait, and the couple (pictured below) have now been together for eight decades.
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“He got stuck with me,” Bertie said to the Canadian Press. “He was a young man and full of mischief.”
The love story of Bill and Bertie Nickerson, from Liverpool, N.S., has only now come to the national forefront because their granddaughter, Kerri Nickerson, nominated the couple in The Longest Married Couple project. The contest, put on by a Catholic organization called Worldwide Marriage Encounter, aims to promote healthy marriages and, we have to say, Bill and Bertie are clearly the best Canadian example.
“We’ve agreed and got along with each other and we’ve been doing fine,” Bertie said. “He hasn’t kicked me out yet and I haven’t kicked him out, so we’re sticking together.”
The couple, who are now 101 and 98 years old, still live in the same brick house Bill built for them following their wedding in 1935, according to CP. (Are we the only ones getting a slight The Notebook feel right now?)
Bill and Bertie have two kids, four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters and they say they’re sticking together, forever.
“We’re content where we are, and we’re going to stay here,” Bertie said.