First couple married in Wabush celebrating 50th anniversary

A couple in Wabush is celebrating a landmark anniversary, with a love that's older than the town they were married in.
Ed and Bernadette Daigle were the first couple to be married at the Wabush Catholic Church 50 years ago. (CBC)

A couple in Wabush is celebrating a landmark anniversary, with a love that's older than the town they were married in.

Ed and Bernadette Daigle were the first couple to be married at the Wabush Catholic Church, and are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Friday.

Ed Daigle said the church hadn't even finished construction when he married his wife.

"The church was not completed — everything was downstairs. They had an altar and everything, it was all in there, but there was no upstairs yet," he said.

Bernadette said the two met outside the Wabush Recreation Centre, where Ed worked as a security guard.

Ed said it was love at first sight, and it's been a life of happy memories ever since.

"You can't pick out anything [specific] in between as being something special — probably because they were all special," he said.

The two moved to Wabush looking for work in the 1960s, and have watched their town grow in the decades to follow.

Both of them have been awarded for their volunteer work within the community; Bernadette spends hours at the recreation centre, while Ed creates massive snow sculptures in the winter.

The Daigles said they wanted to help make Wabush a town to be proud of.

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