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Couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

Jean and Joséphine Taillefer celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on August 2 at the Résidence Riviera in Huntingdon, where the happy couple lives together in good health.


An elderly couple sit in wicker chairs, they both wear blue and necklaces of plastic red flowers. They are holding hands.
Jean and Joséphine Taillefer marked their diamond anniversary surrounded by several of their 12 children in Huntingdon on August 2 PHOTO Courtesy of Chantal Pidgeon


After dating for four years, during which Jean would travel several hours by buggy from Athelstan to meet with Joséphine, who then lived in Saint-Anicet, the two were married at St-Joseph’s Catholic Church in Huntingdon in 1947.


An old photo of a couple at their wedding on the steps of a buildinng. The groom holds his hat, thte bride holds a bouquet of flowers.
<br >PHOTO Courtesy of Chantal Pidgeon<br >The Taillefers were married in Huntingdon in 1947


The couple lived together in town for a year, before moving to Godmanchester to the family farmwhich was owned by Jean’s grandfather, Daniel Gauthier. Jean worked for 42 years at the Huntingdon Woolen Mills, but remained dedicated to the family farm, working tirelessly to balance his responsibilities.

They welcomed their first child, a boy, in 1948, and another 11 children, including six girls and five more boys would follow over the next twenty years. Joséphine (98 years) and Jean’s (96 years) union has produced 66 direct descendants. They are now proud grandparents to 29 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. (SR)

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