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Tall and thin, a madras shirt and chinos, a “shock of blonde hair” and an even more shocking red beard — more than 40 years later, Barb still remembers her first glimpse of Greg in glorious detail.

The first look
Tall and thin, a madras shirt and chinos, a “shock of blonde hair” and an even more shocking red beard — more than 40 years later, Barb still remembers her first glimpse of Greg in glorious detail. “I was fourteen. Jane, my best friend from Grade 8, and I were sitting beside a fountain in Cornwall when he walked by, and I said “He’d be cute if he didn’t have that beard.” At eighteen, Greg had all the tough-guy allure of the older man. When Barb saw him next, he had lost the beard and gained a BSA motorcycle, making him completely irresistible and inevitable for her.

The first kiss

“It was Labour Day weekend and a bunch of friends from high school had met for drinks in the lakeside bar of the old Red Pines Hotel, before heading back to university,” says Christine. She had been smitten with one of the guys — Christopher — for years, but they had never dated. “Somehow the two of us ended up walking along the shore of Kenogami Lake. There was a full harvest moon — it was all very romantic.” Before long they were holding hands, then they stopped and shared a kiss. “That was it,” she says, “then we were together.”

Kismet from the get go

“Right from when I saw her walk by the dance club on a ship in the Caribbean,” Tyler says he knew he would propose to Heather sometime. “I didn’t see her for another three or four days — luckily we were on a 10-day cruise.” She was living in Miami and dating someone else back then and, as Tyler says, “I was just some random guy in a bar.” But, he adds, “I’m persistent and I have a pretty charming personality so…” About seven months later, Heather moved to Ontario and in with Tyler. “If things are meant to be, they’re meant to be,” he says.

 
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