TORONTO - What a refreshingly different - not so much – good news story! A young(ish) couple celebrating their fiftieth (that’s as in 50!) wedding anniversary.
This Saturday (tomorrow), October 10, Mario and Marilyn Casamatta, will be celebrating that special day in 1970 when, surrounded by family and friends, they said “I do” at a ceremony officiated by Rev.
Father Mario Polito (now Monsignor), at St. Clare Roman Catholic Church near St. Clair and Dufferin St.
They had met as twenty- year olds a couple of years earlier at a friend’s house party, and, as they say, the rest is history. But looking at their photos, father time has not been exacting on them.
It’s been a long time since that day, I said to Mario, one of the guys in the old neighbourhood with whom I grew up and became friends. Not really, he said, in his usual laconic fashion, ask Marilyn: “time flies when you are having fun, right Marilyn?”
As if on cue, she continued, “our marriage adventure began 50 years ago before family and friends; their support and love has been the mainstay of our union. Some of them are in another place today but they are in our thoughts and our prayers every day.
Marilyn was a local girl, born in the heart of what was then Little Italy at College and Clinton. Mario had immigrated to Canada in 1953, from Peschisolido in Central Italy, with his parents and sister. His family took up residence near St. Clair and Dufferin.
Many friends and family members have passed since the first celebrations at the La Rotonda Banquet hall with 300 of their closest invitees. But, for Marilyn (and for Mario when one insists) the marriage has been one continuous chain of happy occurrences.
“In 1973, we welcomed our first son Christopher.”, says Marilyn. “As a young man, he brought Allison into our lives and together two grandchildren, Jonathan and Sienna”. “Growth”, pipes in Mario.
“Then, in 1978, we welcomed our second son, Robert”, added Marilyn, without skipping a beat, “and he brought Aimee into our lives. Our adventure continues”.
One thing has changed: Covid-19 will not let them invite the same number of guests be able to join in celebration with the same number this time. Congratulations, nonetheless.