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Toronto couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

A Toronto couple is celebrating a milestone. Ruth, 92, and Charles Snider, 93, are celebrating their 70th wedding anniversary.

The couple wed in 1942, just two weeks before Charles went to war. For the next four years the two wrote letters to each other every day.

“They’re very precious to us. Because Charlie was away, we didn’t know whether he was coming back or not,” explained Ruth.

Over their 70 years of marriage, Ruth worked as a pastor in a in a series of churches in Ontario. After the war, Charles worked with his father as a water well driller before becoming a freelance mechanical missionary for 25 years. During that time he worked in such locations as Ecuador and Africa.

So that the happy couple never have to leave each others’ side, Charlie engineered a two-seated scooter to allow them to travel together.

“I have my scooter and she’s going to be walking. Now there’s something just not exactly fair about that. So I said you’ve got to get together and design some means of travelling together,” he said.

The couple has two children and they currently live in a seniors residence.