Their love story began 68 years ago. Fred Paul and Florence Harvey met in school in Wandsworth, a small town in Newfoundland and Labrador province, Canada, nearly 68 years ago. As Paul turned 18, and Harvey was 15, the two got separated. Paul moved to Toronto for work.
After a year, when he came to meet, Harvey has already moved to another city. As they started getting old, they got married to other people and started own families. In 2017, Harvey became single, as her husband died due to cancer. Harvey and her husband were married for 57 years and had five children. Two years later, Paul’s wife, who was about 60 years of age, died due to several health issues. The couple had two children.
When Harvey got to know that Paul’s wife passed away, she called him to offer her condolences and told him that everything will be alright. “I never thought it would go past that. But we went from talking once a week to twice a week, to thrice a week, to every day for hours. We had really reconnected even though we hadn’t seen each other in all those years, I knew this was it,” said Harvey.
After months, it was Paul’s birthday and Harvey surprised him by visiting Toronto. “When I found out she was in town and was coming to me, it was 10.30 at night. I ran out of bed and got dressed and wrote ‘Welcome Florence’ in chalk on the driveway and when she arrived, I walked to the car, gave her hand and I knew right away that she had taken my heart,” said Paul. On August 8, Paul and Harvey got married at Norval United church in Georgetown, Ontario. “She was my first love. My first girlfriend and my first true love,” said Paul.
Due to the pandemic, they kept the list of invitees short which included only their close family members and friends.