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‘I can’t praise her enough’

Love: Ellen and Barry Robinson said showing affection was important. “I can’t sleep without my cuddle first,” Mr Robinson said. Picture: Marina NeilBARRY Robinson knew the night he met Ellen Stacey that she was the woman he wanted to marry.
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Fast forward 60 years, three children,nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren later and Mr Robinson, 80, is as enamoured with his bride, 79, as he was on their wedding day.

“I can’t praise her enough,” Mr Robinson said, his eyes welling.

“My love for Ellen can’t be calculated or put into words.

“I could not live without her, I would not want to breathe. She’s been my goal in life.”

The couple will enjoy a simple lunch, most likely at Charlestown Bowling Club,to mark their diamond anniversary on September 7.

“We just see it as another day – we’ve still got each other, that’s the main thing,” Mrs Robinson said.

Her husband agreedthe anniversary was “not a big thing”.

“There’s no reason to make a fuss out of it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the next 20 or 30 years together.”

The couple met at a dance at The Rivoli in Parramatta in the winter of 1956.

“For me, she was it – there were sparks straight away,” Mr Robinson said.

“I knew that she was special and there was something with us. I knew I was going to marry her that night.

“I knew in my heart I had to have her.”

Mrs Robinson said while she “thought he was nice” and they shared a kiss, she wasn’t quite convinced that she had met her future betrothed.

Still, she ran to her friend’s house a few days later to answer the call young Barry, who was doing his boilermaker apprenticeship, had promised to make.

They were engaged about six months later – “everyone thought I was pregnant, but I showed them!” – and married on September 7, 1957, in Glebe.

“It felt right,” she said. “I just loved the way he was. He was just so good.”

Mr Robinson said his wife “just ‘got’ me”.

“I couldn’t believe she was mine,” he said. “I was in a rush to get away to our honeymoon [to The Entrance].”

They welcomed son Mark in 1958, 16 months after theymarried, then David 16 months later and Peter 16 months after that.

The family moved in 1971 from Marayong to Charlestown.

The couple have done almost everything together, weathered Mr Robinson’s diagnoses of Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy and only spent a handful of nights apart.

“It’s all about loving one another, it’s as easy and hard as that,” Mr Robinson said.

“We have our blues, our arguments, but we get over them.

“My love has just got deeper and deeper and deeper. It’s the way she treats me, she’s very thoughtful, loving and tolerant. She’s put up with me.”

Mrs Robinson said it was crucial to trust each other.

“Forgive and forget, live and learn,” she said.

“We still kiss every morning and every night and say I love you every day.”

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