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February 10, 2012

Forever Valentines

In honor of Valentine's Day on Tuesday, the Daily News asked three local couples to share their love stories. They also offered some insight on relationships and marriage.

The Fullfords of Salisbury and the Haleys of Seabrook recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversaries, while Seabrook's Joan and Tom Lysik are newlyweds, just married this past July.

Lorraine and Paul Haley

Seabrook

Married May 27, 1961

Paul, 73, and Lorraine, 69, celebrated their golden anniversary at The Barn in Amesbury. The couple met as children and reconnected when Paul returned home after serving in the Navy — shortly after Lorraine graduated from high school. In August 1960, he asked her on their first date, to Ann's Diner in Salisbury.

"We had a cup of coffee and an English muffin," Lorraine says. "After that, we just saw each other every single day."

The Haleys lived in Newburyport for 45 years before moving to Seabrook. They have two children, Sue and Christopher.

How did you meet?

"We lived across the street from each other," Lorraine says. "My family lived over Leighton's Bakery at the corner of Pleasant and Market streets for years. My husband's family had a restaurant across the street."

Was it love at first sight?

"Yes, we never stopped seeing each other," Lorraine says. "I'm very lucky."

They began going steady in September 1960 and got engaged Nov. 18. Their wedding was at Immaculate Conception Church in Newburyport.

Do you have a favorite Valentine's Day memory?

"The first time I ever got a box of candy from him," Lorraine says. "I was just thrilled with that."

Did you have any expectations as to what marriage would be like? Has it lived up to it?

"I was only 18 going on 19, so I wasn't really into too many things," Lorraine says. "I knew I loved him. I didn't want him to have to go home anymore at night. I never ever wanted him to leave; I wanted him to stay with me."

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