After meeting at rink, McLucases have skated through life together

September 05, 2011|By ANDREW SCHOTZ |
  • Gordon and Rosie McLucas are pictured on Friday at her room at Williamsport Retirement Village.
By Andrew Schotz, Staff Writer

Gordon and Rosie McLucas met in April 1946 at a Waynesboro, Pa., skating rink.

Gordon — who goes by his middle name, rather than his first name, William — went there with a friend. Rosie also went with a friend.

Gordon married Rosie.

Their friends from that night also got married.

The McLucases are about to hit a milestone in their marriage: Their 65th anniversary is on Sept. 11.

Rosie's 86th birthday is on the same day.

The anniversary and birthday were noted on the front page of The Daily Mail on Sept. 11, 2001, when the big news was the terrorist attacks of that morning.

Gordon McLucas, 86, said his daughter Linda Dorrier called to tell her parents to turn the TV, which they did in time to see the second plane crash at the World Trade Center.

"To see two planes hit the two separate buildings at different times, it had to be a terrorist attack," he said last week, while visiting his wife at Williamsport Retirement Village.

Rosie McLucas has been staying there for about six years, her husband said. He lives a few blocks away and sees her every day.

The couple has two daughters, Dorrier and Mary Timmons.

They have three grandchildren and one great-grandson, Harrison, who was born in April.

Gordon worked for Statton Furniture for 38 years. Rosie worked for Ross Garment for 24 years.

During World War II, Gordon was in Europe for 18 months with the U.S. Army's 516th Field Artillery. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, he said, reminded him of planes hitting Germany during World War II.

"Some of the towns I was in, there wasn't nothing standing but the chimneys," he said.

Asked for tips on having a long marriage, Gordon said: "Try to cooperate with each other, and if one wants to do things, try to do things together and let each person decide what they want to do and not tell the other person they have to do it. I think that's the main thing."

And for personal longevity?

"Try to live a good life and use the facilities that you've got for your health," he said. "And do what the doctor tells you."

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