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68 Years Apart: 85-Year-Old Couple Weds Years After Dating as Teens

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 04:30 PM

After 68 years apart, Maine couple Frank Gray and Ada Hatch wed on Valentine's Day, decades after they shared their first kiss.

The couple, both 85, dated for about six months as teenagers before breaking up, WFVX-TV reported.

What caused the breakup is still under dispute, with Hatch chalking it up to a misunderstanding and Gray saying another boy had entered the picture.

The two were students at Bar Harbor High School. An eight-party telephone line made it difficult for them to talk.

“That was before television,” Gray told the Mount Desert Islander. “The biggest entertainment for the ladies in the area was to listen in to our telephone communications.”

During the decades that followed, both married other people and built families and would run into each other from time to time.

“There’s always been kind of a warm feeling towards her,” Gray told the newspaper.

After her husband died last year, Gray, whose wife had died a couple of years earlier, called and asked her to dinner.

“It was awful hard for me, but I waited a month before I called her,” Gray said. “I knew I should have waited a year maybe or something; she tells me there was different ones that told her that she should wait. But I was afraid there might be another sailor in the background somewhere.”

After three calls, Hatch agreed to go on a date with him, The Huffington Post reported.

The pair were married on Feb. 14 and are living in Salisbury Cove, Maine.

"Well, we're both 85. How much longer do we have to enjoy each other? That's a big question and probably we haven't gotten too many years left here," Gray said, according to the Huffington Post. "So why not try to enjoy it? And I couldn't think of a better way to enjoy it than to be with this girl."

Twitter users seemed touched by the story.





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