George and Maureen (Driscoll) Gill of Cumberland, formerly from Arlington, Mass., celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 18.
The couple were married on a Friday night, June 18, 1971, at the St. Ignatius Chapel at Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass., where George had graduated earlier that Monday on a football scholarship and Maureen from Westfield State that previous Sunday.
The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. James E. Connelly, the bride’s uncle.
George and Maureen both hailed from large Irish Catholic families in Arlington where they attended high school together. Maureen was number six of nine and George the youngest of five. A number of siblings made up their large wedding party and they honeymooned on Martha’s Vineyard.
The couple went on to have seven children: Lorie A. of Cumberland, Lisa Murtha (Chris) of Sayville, N.Y., Matthew J. of Cumberland, Timothy P. (KC) of Lithia, Fla., Katie Hruby (John) of Bayport, N.Y., Molly Marchione (Ryan) of Fairfield, Conn., and Kevin M. (USCG) in Portland Maine. They also have eight grandchildren: Brock, Benjamin, Alyssa, Macklin, Caroline, Abigail, Charlie and Teddy, with a ninth on the way in September.
They lived in several states early on including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Ohio before settling in Cumberland in 1983 where they have resided ever since.
George was employed as a regional sales director for Midas Muffler for 20+ years and then went on to Comcast and concluded his career selling automobiles for Herb Chambers in Warwick before retiring several years ago.
He enjoys golfing with friends, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events as well as all New England sports teams and has been a longtime member of the Arlington High Football Booster Club (class of ’67).
He is a masterful storyteller and also enjoys a good knock-knock joke, which anyone who knows him can attest to.
His favorite quote is “there are no strangers here, just friends that you haven’t met yet,” which truly epitomizes his gregarious and outgoing personality.
Maureen graduated from Westfield State with a bachelor’s degree in education and after staying home for several years to raise her children worked for 25 years as an office manager at Physical Therapy Plus in Woonsocket.
She enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren, taking fitness classes at the senior center and weekly dinners with dear friends at CHOPS. She also runs in the annual St. Paddy’s Road Race in Providence.
Both Maureen and George are active communicants of the St. John Vianney Parish in Cumberland.
They are also longtime members of the Abbott Run Valley swim and tennis club in North Attleboro, Mass. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation as well as St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital are causes near and dear to their hearts.