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I still do: Resident renews wedding vows

6 September 17

Five years ago, Respect resident, Ivan White was diagnosed with dementia. Since moving into Old Beach, his wife Patricia has visited him daily. When they were married, Ivan had built a wishing well for them to be wed at. Hearing of this gave Respect staff the idea of raising money to buy a wishing well for the two to renew their vows.

Staff and residents worked round the clock to prepare for the occasion, with some even coming in on their day off. The place was marvellously decorated, feeling like a family affair with everyone taking part in this wonderful day. After 42 years together, on August 12th, in the presence of Reverend Kaye Paice, Ivan and Patricia White renewed their wedding vows amongst family, friends, residents and carers of Old Beach – next to the symbolic well associated with such fond memories. When it was time for Ivan, he was beaming with a smile so big, no one thought it would ever disappear.

Reverend Kaye Paice delivered their charming story, recounting when Patricia and Ivan met in the 70s while he was in the Police Force. Ivan was 35 and Pat was 25 at the time. She’d been impressed by the man in uniform. In his day, Ivan was also a horse trainer. Together they’d build a house and stable on a 6-acre block at Rokeby. There they would take the horses to the boat ramp at Droughty Point, where Ivan would row the boat and Pat would hold the horses so they could swim them. Ivan loved to sing “I’d love to get you on a slow boat to China” at the top of his voice. Pat was sure all the neighbours loved it, as this was always early in the morning. The reverend spoke of Ivan’s great sense of humour, and how he and Pat had countless laughs together – like the night Ivan made an appearance inside Foreshore Taverns riding a horse.

"The reverend spoke of Ivan’s great sense of humour, and how he and Pat had countless laughs together – like the night Ivan made an appearance inside Foreshore Taverns riding a horse."

Please join us in congratulating Ivan and Patricia on their four decades of marriage. A special thanks to the incredible team at Respect Old Beach, including our volunteer photographers Belle Portrait Studio for such a memorable occasion.