VIDEO: Almonte Country Haven couple celebrate 73rd anniversary – and their reunion

Sunday, May 24 could not have been a more perfect day for Almonte Country Haven couple Mervyn and Emily Tripp.

Not only did Mervyn, 101, and Emily, 97, get to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary at the Lanark County long-term care home, they are also once again together after a month of separation due to COVID-19.

Although she showed no symptoms of COVID-19, Emily tested positive for the virus in April and spent about a month in isolation at the home.

Emily was cleared of the virus on May 14. The couple’s family soon began preparing an anniversary celebration for them.

On Sunday, Mervyn and Emily celebrated their anniversary in style at Almonte Country Haven. The couple sat outside the front of the home while a parade of cars circled the Almonte Country Haven parking lot in their honour.

Family members and friends, who wore face masks and stood at a safe distance, held signs of support for the couple from the home’s front lawn.

There was even live music from a band that played a rendition of The Hockey Song by Stompin’ Tom Connors.

“We had a wonderful celebration with individualized wedding cakes, decorations and an outdoor concert …,” Almonte Country Haven administrator Carolyn Della Foresta says in an e-mail.

Click here to watch a video from the event.

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