Wedding: Woodlands couple (63 and 76) tie the knot

2008-03-25 00:00

Cupid has an arrow for everyone, and for some like Henry Spencer it takes time to find its mark. Spencer (63) became a bridegroom for the first time yesterday when he married Esme Isaacs (76), whom he has courted for the past few years. They are both residents at the Isabel Beardmore Home for the aged in Woodlands.

Family members and friends from Johannesburg, East London and Umtata and, in the case of Isaacs’s daughter-in-law Bunny Isaacs, from Australia — were all present to witness the marriage.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the church as the couple exchanged their vows in a service that was officiated by an Anglican and Catholic priest at the St Martin De Porres Church in Woodlands.

Bunny described the emotional atmosphere saying: “This wedding reminded all of us that the purpose of life is to love and to be happy”.

Spencer, a former schoolteacher, whose movement and speech became impaired after an accident in 1962, never lost his intellect. Over the years he was a regular contributor to The Witness letters column. He wrote to the newspaper about his pending marriage, saying: “Such joyous occasions are too few and far between”.

He met Isaacs when she moved into the home in 2000, and as she had lost her sight, he became her helpmeet. Spencer said their friendship grew and he proposed three months ago. “I told her to tell the family and they were very pleased for us.”

Finishing his dessert at the reception, Spencer looked around at the gathering of guests and at his bride and said: “It was well worth the wait”.

Isaacs, a widow and mother of three, said the relationship works because they respect each other. Her son Clinton said if he had any doubts, they were soon banished. “Henry gets books from the library and reads to my mother. He describes television shows that he is watching, takes her for walks and reads the Bible to her.”

Spencer’s four sisters were apprehensive about their brother marrying so late in life. They changed their minds, they said, when they saw his happiness.

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