Red Deer couple Don and Gloria Moore are set to celebrate their 70th anniversary later this month.
What’s the secret to a such a long-lasting relationship?
“Well, I don’t know. If we knew, maybe we could bottle it and make some money,” Gloria said with a laugh recently, just a couple of weeks before their anniversary on May 19.
The two met in Calgary when they were teenagers at a coffee shop owned by Gloria’s parents, where many young people would frequently spend time.
“It was love at first sight for me. She was such a beautiful girl and so nice-mannered. I just really enjoyed being in her company,” Don said. “Gloria worked at the coffee shop from time to time and that’s really how we met.”
Gloria said both her parents and Don’s parents were “wonderful” people, which helped the two of them in life.
“We’ve been very fortunate,” she said.
“We both had good starts in life. Our parents lived within a block and they were always happy and a great influence on us. We’ve got five kids now and they’ve really picked up a lot of good things from them too.”
The Moores moved to Red Deer in 1954, where Don worked with the city’s parks and recreation department for about 40 years.
In addition to their five children, they also have nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
“We have such a wonderful family and have done a lot of things together over the years,” said Don.
“We’ve had so many wonderful experiences. Our life has been really productive and certainly enjoyable.”
Though COVID-19 will limit the size of a 70th anniversary celebration, the Moores hope to see family in some fashion, such as through a video call. Don said they are excited to reminisce about their 70 years together with family.
“The two of us have done many things together, including skiing, camping and golf. We’ve been fortunate in that we’ve been able to go to Palm Springs in the winter for quite a number of years now – about 30 years,” said Don.
“We’ve met some wonderful people from Western Canada. … The things we’ve done together have been really great. We’ve made lots of really nice friends to go with our wonderful family.”
In 2010, Don was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in the multi-sport builder category. He a leader in the concept, design and construction of Waskasoo Park and was directly involved in the process to secure a permanent site and home for the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.