Baulkham Hills couple celebrate golden anniversary

Golden years: Judith and Bill Cooney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Golden years: Judith and Bill Cooney celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20. Picture: Gene Ramirez

Judith and Bill Cooney may have been married on the shortest day of the year, but their marriage was destined to last a long time.

The couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 20 and can still remember specific details about their special day.

"I forgot to take the car to the reception," Mr Cooney said.

"I got a lift around in my uncle's station wagon."

The two met while working at a trucking company in Sydney and have been together ever since.

"I was in the office and he was a truck driver," Mrs Cooney said.

"I was only 19 when I first met him."

The Cooneys have lived in Baulkham Hills for 48 of their 50 years together and can recall when the area was still rural.

"There were no street lights and no school. We used to have rabbits and quail running around the backyard and we had an orange orchard. It was pretty quiet here," Mrs Cooney said.

Throughout their 50 years together, the couple have travelled around the world and have two children, Brett, 46, and Tracy, 43, as well as six grandchildren.

When asked about the secrets of a long and happy marriage, perseverance was a key factor.

"I'm not going to say we've been married 50 years and haven't had a fight," Mrs Cooney said.

"It's not easy being married.

"I have to take his faults and he has to take mine.

"We have to make allowances and work together."

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