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Area couple celebrates 70th wedding anniversary

'You have to know when to bite your tongue and let go. You have to have open communication and ... you need to give and take,' say wise couple

Marie and Howard Tizzard celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary at the Elden on Aug. 12. 

The Tizzards met in school at the ages of 13 and 14. After high school, they got married in Toronto in 1950.  It was a time when the average cost of a house was around $8,500 and the cost of gas was just 18 cents a gallon. The family income was approximately $3,300 a year, and milk was still being delivered to the doorstep. 

Howard and Marie moved to Bradford over 65 years ago and bought a 200-acre farm overlooking the Holland River. Growing up, Howard ran the farm and Marie was a stay-at-home mother of three kids (John, Jimmy, and Anne). The proud couple now have 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.

“Howard acts younger than his age,” jokes Courtney Tizzard, one of their grandkids, noting that her grandfather is 92 but acts like he’s in his 60s. “He is still sharp-minded.”

The couple currently reside at The Elden of Bradford where they share an apartment together. 

“They love being there,” shares Courtney. “They enjoy living at the Elden because it’s like living on a high-end cruise ship; they have everything they need there.”

The residence offers many on-site amenities such as dining rooms, a gym, hair salon, activity rooms, doctor’s office, and a garden room where they can grow their own vegetables as a community.

Before the pandemic hit, Howard was still visiting his farm where he and his family harvested many vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and squash, and was the winner of many ribbons at the Royal Winter Fair in the past. 

“Howard likes to leave and do his own thing,” explains Courtney. “So being in lockdown, unable to visit the farm, it has been hard on him.”

Marie prefers to stay in and enjoys Bingo with the ladies. 

“My grandfather still looks at [Marie] the same way he did years ago – he absolutely adores her!” shares Courtney. 

Due to COVID, the couple have not been able to leave the Elden nor visit with any grandchildren but have had a brief socially-distanced visit from the front porch with one of their sons and daughter. 

“Before COVID, they were always out at the coffee shops visiting with friends,” notes Courtney. “They were well known in the coffee shops with people!” 

Courtney shared the news of Howard and Marie’s upcoming 70th wedding anniversary on Facebook’s Welcome to Bradford page and asked the community to send cards to the happy couple. However, she was unable to have cards sent directly to the Elden due to COVID-restrictions but was overwhelmed with over 200 comments congratulating the couple and wishing them both well.  

“At this day in age, it's very unheard of!” exclaims Courtney, noting the longevity of her grandparents' marriage is rare. 

Marie and Howard shared their secret to a long-lasting love:

“The main thing is we listen to each other and don’t take things out on the other person. You have to know when to bite your tongue and let go. You have to have open communication and hear each other out because what you say is important. You need to give and take”.