Erskine Care Homes are forever filled with love no matter what the time of year, but Valentine’s Day proves an extra special day for couples in the charity’s care.
Many married couples are currently living within three of Erskine’s four homes including devoted couple Bobby and Siobhan Gordon who celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary last year. Their secret to a long and happy marriage is always to consider your partner first before yourself.
They first met in the 1960’s when London born Siobhan was a passenger on Bobby’s bus as he drove his regular route from London to Scotland. They got chatting after the journey was slightly delayed and romance developed. Bobby and Siobhan were married on 22nd June 1968 at Kensington Registry Office.
They began their married life in Ayrshire, where Bobby is from, before moving to Linwood. In January 2020, the next chapter of their lives began as they moved into The Erskine Home to rooms beside each other.
Before his career with Western SMT, Bobby served for three years with the Royal Navy during WW2. He was on a landing craft carrying fuel and supplies during the D-Day Landings – the largest seaborne invasion in history. He later served in the Far East until the surrender of Japan.
It was a very proud moment for both Bobby and Siobhan in 2018 when Bobby was awarded the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Legion d’honneur) from the President of France – the highest French order of merit.
Bobby, aged 95, and Siobhan, aged 90, have always been a very family orientated couple with the love for their children and grandchildren extending to the many children they have child-minded over the years.
Helen Henderson, Manager of Yarrow House in The Erskine Home said: “We love our residents and it is a privilege to care for them. Bobby and Siobhan are a joy and it is wonderful to witness their strong bond as a couple. For their anniversary last year our Senior Care Assistant Lauren took a photo of them re-enacting the moment they shared on their wedding day. The staff in Yarrow House wish all our residents a lovely Valentine’s Day.”
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