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July 25, 2013

The secrets of a 70-year marriage

How local couple remained strong from WWI to todayw

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“Jim looked so dashing in that uniform,” she recalled. “A bit on the shy side, but handsome nonetheless.”

“She made me feel better,” Jim said of how Olive calmed him during wartime. “A good personality and sense of humor won me over. That was the woman I had intended to marry before getting shipped out, no doubt about it.”

Haverhill was always Jim’s home, having been raised here and attending St. Joseph’s School. He left school early to help support his family during the Depression years. Jim played minor league hockey as a goalie and was scouted by the Boston Bruins.

His mom discouraged any interest in professional hockey because of the injuries she saw other family members suffer while they played the sport. Instead, he went off and fought in the big war. His love for horses gets him to the track occasionally. He’s owned them and trained them. A purse here and there is bonus money.

Looking back on their seven decades of marriage, the Cormiers said it’s been a partnership joined by time and absolute resolve, understanding and affection, faith and boundless commitment.

“In order to have an ideal spouse, you have to be one,” said Olive, pressing her hand against his. “We want to be good examples for others out there, including our own family. And I think we’ve succeeded.”

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