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Innisfil Couple Celebrating 60 Years of Love

Suzanne Dobinson

By Suzanne Dobinson

April 30th was an exciting day for Arnold and Loretta Matheson. A gathering was held in their honour to acknowledge their 60th wedding anniversary. 130 people came together to take part in the celebrations and witness Arnold and Loretta renewing their wedding vows. Along with their three children and spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, they also had people from as far away as British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Ohio attend the festivities.

Long-time residents, they relocated to the village of Stroud where they opened Matheson’s Restaurant, Garage and Texaco gas station in 1968. The restaurant was known for home cooked meals and a safe and fun hang out for the “teenagers” in the 60’s and 70’s. They were known for their Friday night dances around the Juke Box and euchre parties to provide some fun activities for the teens. The home cooked meals attracted the hydro and construction workers, making it difficult to find a table at lunch time if you weren't there before 12. Anyone who knows her, will tell you Loretta is still famous for her home made butter tarts!

The snow storm of 1971 shut everything down but Matheson's Restaurant. Opening their doors to anyone who was stranded, Arnold and Loretta kept the food and coffee pot flowing night and day, providing safe haven for 21 people who spent the night in the restaurant. Loretta has always said, " As long as there is floor space, there is room for more to stay the night!"

Arnold and Loretta quickly became active community members. They are members of St. James United Church, the Stroud Curling club and Arnold was a volunteer firefighter for 28 years with the Stroud Fire Department. They spearheaded the artificial ice fundraising campaign, which eventually funded the exciting shift from only a couple of months of ice use, to year round at the Stroud Arena. "Downtown Stroud" was the community hub, making it important to have a centre that was functional for year round events and activities.

Once they retired they began travelling with their travel trailer, making new friends across the United States and Canada. Arnold and Loretta continue to live actively in their home in Innisfil, busily filling every day, wondering how they ever fit a job into it in the past!

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