Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marriage That Lasted 80 Years Ends with Death of Husband at Age 101

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Marriage That Lasted 80 Years Ends with Death of Husband at Age 101

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Long-lasting marriage ends with man's death

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LIVERPOOL, N.S. - A Nova Scotia man who was part of one of Canada's longest-lasting couples has died after 80 years of marriage at the age of 101.

According to an obituary, Bill Nickerson passed away peacefully on Sunday in the brick house he had shared with his 98-year-old wife, Bertie, since 1935.

They met by chance in Bill's hometown of Liverpool and married after dating for three years so that 15-year-old Bertie could finish high school.

Around the couple's 80th wedding anniversary last year, Bill told the Queen's County Advance newspaper that it was love at first sight for him.

"It was like heaven. Something went over me that I can't explain," he said.

In December, they were named the longest-married couple among those nominated across Canada in 2015 in a contest run by the Catholic organization Worldwide Marriage Encounter. …

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