Marriage is tough, no matter how old you are.
That’s why when a couple comes along that manages to ride it out for an astounding 80 years, it deserves to be
recognized. Clem and Millie Mintz were recently awarded for having the longest-running love lock in Canada by
Worldwide Marriage Encounter. And the couple, not surprisingly, has a pretty interesting history behind them.
Clem first met his future wife after his sister brought Millie home from Sunday school in — wait for it — 1933. Even though she was only 14 at the time, when Clem saw her, he declared “I’m going to marry that girl.”
The happy couple with their award. Image credit: Twitter/ @am740
And get married they did. Only weeks later the pair began dating and the following November, wedding bells were ringing. Millie’s mom adored Clem so much that she didn’t even mind her daughter tying the knot at just 15
But it didn’t take long for life to throw them a few curveballs. Right around the time Millie gave birth to daughters Joyce and Sandra, World War II broke out. Clem enlisted in the army and was sent to fight in the battlefields of Italy. He eventually made it back alive, but not without paying a hefty price: his leg. Gangrene and internal injuries forced him to spend a year recovering in hospital after the war was over, but Clem said his wife never left his side.
Dad returns home after the war. Image credit: Twitter/ @CBCToronto
And now all these years later, he’s returning the favour. Millie has been battling dementia for some time now, and up until Clem suffered a heart attack in 2012, he would routinely make sure she was fed, dressed and ready for the day. Nowadays though, the pair stays happy by listening to music and taking in the performances held at the Belvedere Heights home in Parry Sound, where they’re currently living.
As for advice, Clem’s grandson told the Toronto Star that in the process of this long marriage, Clem “learned to say yes a lot.”
But that’s probably just payback for the “I do” Millie offered up when she was only 15.
Happy 80th anniversary!