Romance courted at tennis for Northmead couple

Secret recipe: Colleen and Barry Paskin said the secret to a long and happy marriage is communication and trust. “We’ve always worked together,” Mr Paskin said. Picture: Gene RamirezNORTHMEAD couple Barry and Colleen Paskin were teenagers when they met at a Sunday tennis session.
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On Sunday, more than 60 years later, they celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary with friends and family.

Mrs Paskin’s brother met 19-year-old Barry when they were neighbours at Avoca Beach.

“Graham convinced me his sister was a good sort,” Mr Paskin said.

Mrs Paskin (nee Wade) was 18 and said she was very surprised when Barry showed up at the tennis court.

“Every Sunday, I played tennis and they didn’t tell me he was going to be there,” Mrs Paskin said.

“It was love at first sight.”

The pair has done everything together since.

“We used to meet on the train because we both worked in the city,” Mr Paskin said.

“The first time I took her out was to Sergeants for a meal — a cafe near the bank — and I would take her out to my club meetings and outings.

“We used to peel vegetables, cook them and take them to church for Meals on Wheels,” Mrs Paskin said.

Mr Paskin said he liked the fact Mrs Paskin was quiet.

“I felt she was like my mother and I appreciated that,” he said.

Mrs Paskin said: “I loved everything, from day one.”

The couple, who have four children and 10 grandchildren, were married on November 10, 1953 at St Andrews Presbyterian Church, Eastwood. “We celebrate our anniversary every year at Deedes Restaurant at the rowing club in Five Dock, and we both get the lobster,” Mr Paskin said.

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