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The couple married on 12 June 1948 at All Saints Anglican Church in Plumstead. Cecilia worked at the Mercantile-Atlas printing company until four months into the marriage when she fell pregnant and became a housewife.
“We got on alright, but there wasn’t always much money. He did not earn a lot. He was the sole breadwinner, but it is his fault because he tied me down with six children – how could I be a breadwinner?” she jokes again.
She explains how the family first lived in a small house and then moved back into her maternal home before settling into their current residence.
“My husband’s boss was very good to us. The place we are staying in now was half done and his boss helped finance him to finish the place and we are still here,” she says.
While Cecilia was a diligent housewife, Eddie was very active in and around his community, helping to establish the Good Shepherd Anglican Parish in Grassy Park, while also being a founding member of Crusaders Cricket Club, among other things, but it is the mantelpiece which bears evidence to one of his favourite pastimes over the years – trophies won when racing pigeons for the Wynberg and District Board.
“My late friend and I were partners. We had fun with that. It took a lot of hard work, but we really had a wonderful time. It got too much for us with the training and all that. The food also got expensive so we had to pack up and finish with all that,” he says.
Both Eddie and Cecilia have sage advice for living a long life and staying married throughout.
“First of all, stay away from alcohol and choose your friends wisely and partake in a sport which you enjoy and like. Stay away from going out too much. Thank God that He has been guiding me for all these years,” says Eddie, who mentions that marriage is not for the fainthearted either, but a firm foundation of belief, trust and faith has helped them both persevere through all the challenges that have come their way.
“In 1958 I was at the Rand Easter Show for six weeks and my wife stayed at home. I was there again in 1960 when they shot Hendrik Verwoerd. I earned £6 a week, but there was always bread on the table,” Eddie remembers.
In her spare time, Cecilia loves reading.