It’s very rare in Trinidad and Tobago to meet a couple that has been married for 60 years. But have you ever met a couple that has celebrated their Diamond Jubilee (60 years) of marriage?
When you hear their life story, you will realise why the union has lasted for 60 years and is still going. They are Selwyn and Melony Delzin of Tunapuna.
Usually a marriage takes place when boy meets girl and they fall in love. This usually happens when young people start out in the world of work. But what has made this union so unique is that Selwyn and Melony have known each other since they were very small. Unknown to them at the time, they were destined to be together ‘from small’ as the old people say.
Their togetherness did not start in primary school, nor did it begin in secondary school. It actually began in kindergarten. Selwyn and Melony became friends at school from a tender age, and remained friends through kindergarten, primary school, secondary school and even when they started to work – Melony performing secretarial duties and eventually becoming a personnel manager, and Selwyn, a customs person completing his work life as a customs manager.
They both made their First Communion and Confirmation at the St Charles’ RC church in Tunapuna together, worshipped there for years and got married in the same church 60 years ago, on July 6, 1957 with Fr Fennesey CSSp officiating. The union produced three children.
The Catholic News joins with their family, friends and the Tunapuna community in wishing Selwyn and Melony long life and many more glorious anniversaries. – Vernon Khelawan