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Port Dover couple marks 72nd anniversary at community dinner

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Norfolk Coun. John Wells, centre, congratulates Ross and Elva Hoover on the occasion of their 72nd wedding anniversary during Monday’s community Christmas banquet in Port Dover. The Hoovers tied the knot in Selkirk on Christmas day in 1945. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Norfolk Coun. John Wells, centre, congratulates Ross and Elva Hoover on the occasion of their 72nd wedding anniversary during Monday’s community Christmas banquet in Port Dover. The Hoovers tied the knot in Selkirk on Christmas day in 1945. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

PORT DOVER - 

 Weddings and Christmas are usually a guaranteed good time.

The only thing that could be more fun is having your wedding on Christmas Day.

That doesn’t happen very often but it did on Christmas Day in Selkirk 72 years ago.

That was the day in 1945 that Ross and Elva Hoover tied the knot at the Selkirk Church of Christ.

The happy couple continue to live together at their home in Port Dover. They marked their 72nd anniversary with their daughter Linda Woodruff at the Christmas community banquet in Port Dover.

“We couldn’t stand any longer to be apart,” said Ross Hoover, who used to run the Ford dealership in downtown Port Dover at the corner of Main and Walker Street.

Linda Woodruff was a life-long piano teacher. She began giving lessons at age 14 and provided piano accompaniment to the crowd at Monday’s banquet while they sang Christmas carols.

“Dad tells everyone he’s never missed an anniversary,” Woodruff said. “He says that’s one reason he got married on Christmas Day.”

This was the fifth year for the community Christmas banquet in Port Dover and the first held at the Lions Community Centre on St. George Street. Past banquets were held in the parish hall at St. Paul’s Anglican Church up the street.

A decision was made to relocate to the Lions hall after previous banquets got crowded.

“We’re glad we did it,” says Cathy Hughes, one of the organizers. “We’re able to spread out here and have more people come through.”

The kitchen crew in Port Dover cooked up four 20-pound turkeys, two 15-pound turkeys and two 25-pound pork shoulders. Two days of meal preparation got underway at 6 a.m. Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day.

Nearly 150 meals were served. Most everyone went home with pockets full of candy and other treats courtesy of the Norfolk OPP and Ferrero of Brantford, makers of Nutella and other brand-name goodies.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com