McEvoy, Herb and Bernadine (Bonnie)

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                                     MCEVOY HERB & BERNADINE
                               Couple Celebrate 50th Anniversary
                                      By Margery MacRae

When Herb and Bernadine (Bonnie) McEvoy, of Renous, were married 50 years ago, Bonnie was just 15 years old. The memories remain vivid. Following their wedding ceremony - held in St. Bridget’s Roman Catholic Church in Renous and presided over by the late Rev. W.S. Nowlan – the couple and their quests returned to Bonnies’ parents’ home, the late Bernard and Irene Hallihan, for a small reception and dance which was held in the kitchen.

The maid of honor at the Sept. 03, 1946 wedding was the brides’ twin sister, Eileen, while the groomsman was Urban McEvoy. After the reception, the grooms’ brother, David McEvoy, drove the happy couple to Newcastle and Chatham.

“There were no honeymoons in those days,” Bonnie recalled, adding they didn’t even stay overnight in Newcastle. They returned to Renous and moved in with Herbs’ parents, James and Priscilla McEvoy, where they lived for a year and a half until they constructed their own home close by.

Bonnie has many memories of those long ago days – memories of carrying heavy pails of water, washing endless diapers on an old scrub board out behind the house for her 12 children. Those were the good old days,” she laughed. “They weren’t easy, but we made it. I remember one time we were quarantined in with scarlet fever. We had four or five kids at the time, and no one was allowed in or out.”

Her husband didn’t drink, which is one reason Bonnie thinks the couple made it through the hard times. I never had to worry about him coming home and abusing me or the children,” she said.

For many years Herb supported his family by working in the woods. In 1966 he graduated from a one year motor mechanics course and later drove a school bus for 17 years until his retirement seven years ago.

                              Party held August 31

On August 31, Herb and Bonnie’s family hosted an anniversary party in the Renous Recreation Center to which about 150 family members and friends were invited. Their twelve children, six sons and six daughters and their families were all present for the occasion. There are 28 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Nicholas McEvoy acted as master of Ceremonies for Saturday’s party, while a toast to the couple was made by daughter, Patsy.

Guests enjoyed a hot turkey supper prepared and served by members of the Renous Figure Skating Club. An anniversary cake was made by Dorothy McCormack. Many gifts were received by the couple for which they expressed their appreciation. Music for a dance was supplied by Adam McCormack.

Source: Miramichi Leader – September 10, 1996

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