AFTER 60 years of marriage Oliver Bugno has no regrets.
In fact, he’s so glad he married the love of his life, Marina, that he’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.
“I’d marry her again, no doubt at all,” he said.
“I don’t think we’ve ever had a cross word, we were too busy raising our seven kids most of the time anyway.
“I remember the first time I saw her. I went to pick her up from the train and saw this little thing get off. We’d never met before, but our families both came from Possagno and knew each other.
“We hit it off right away and the next day we went to the pictures, we courted for about three years before we married.”
Recalling the day they tied the knot on a wet June day in Blacktown, Sydney, on June 14, 1952, Mrs Bugno said, despite the bleak weather it was the beginning of a bright future together.
“It poured and poured. The drought broke that day. I had to get a taxi from our place about two miles away on dirt roads and we got bogged on the way to church,” she said.
“Oli had to wait a bit longer than he expected, I think he looked a bit nervous when I got there.”
They credit a sense of humour, love and teamwork as the secret to their success.
“We are both from similar backgrounds, had the same standard of education and the same values,” Mrs Bugno said.
“A sense of humour is very important too and there has been plenty of hard work from both sides.”
Following their wedding Mr and Mrs Bugno moved to Hanwood.
They name their close and loving family as their greatest achievement.
On the June long weekend the couple were delighted to be able to celebrate their anniversary with their seven children, 23 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.