My Valentine

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Hi Joey,
Many of your readers are asking for “more” after my last posting of “the beach guys.” Here is my Valentine, my husband Bob, The Love of My Life. Photo was taken about 1949, when he was recently discharged from the Navy. He was stationed in the Asiatic Pacific on LCT and LST landing crafts during WW2  as a diesel machinist in many major battles. At the Weight Lifting Club of the old YMCA, Bob was known as “Big Bob” by his many younger body building admirers. He never entered any contest, but you have to agree he would have won first prize. Bob will be 90 years young this year. He has discovered the fountain of youth, as he continues to lift weights in his home gym.
Virginia (Frontiero) McKinnon

About Kim Smith

Currently creating documentary films about the Monarch Butterfly, Black Swallowtail Butterfly, and Gloucester's Feast of St. Joseph. Landscape designer for the Gloucester Harbor Walk Gardens. Designer, lecturer, author, illustrator, photographer. Visit my blog for more information about my landscape and interior design firm- kimsmithdesigns.wordpress.com. Good Morning Gloucester daily contributor. Author/illustrator "Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden"
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14 Responses to My Valentine

  1. alicia cox says:

    Great story……. Thanks for sharing

  2. Oh Virginia ~ I love your stories ~ I must tell you that, as I said I would, I thought of you last night while shoveling, wondering if you were looking at the moon in Gloucester as I was looking at the moon in Annapolis. That being said ~ it was midnight and after looking at your husband ~ I hope you were “snuggled in” and not moon gazing! I’m sure the both of you are beautiful couple ~

  3. Lowell Peabody says:

    Great picture and wonderful story!

  4. Dave Moore says:

    Excellent the love of your life and walking backl together again – what a great post! “The true perfection of man lies not in what man has, but in what man is.” – Oscar Wilde
    Dedicated to you both :-)
    Buddy Holly – True Love Ways – 45 rpm

    • Thank You, Dave, I enjoyed listening to the beautiful song. Happy Valentine Day.

      • Dave Moore says:

        You too! :-) Thank You I really enjoy the (how much you both love each other and this along is a great gift) you are most welcome – Did hubby every go to Plum Cove beach? Had a few back in the day that way that we used to see? 31 years for me and Kim and best thing that ever happened is meeting her so it’s special :-)

  5. Now that is one fit fella, and handsome, to boot!

    PS: to Mary McCloud Tucker When I look at the moon, I think of one of my favorite movies, “Moonstruck” with Cher. It’s full of heart and the music is wonderful.

  6. Mary Ann Beaton says:

    I think there is also a saying that a good man most likely has a good woman by his side! It is nice to see all the interesting old photos you still have. I wonder if with today’s photos all on smart phones or camera cards if there will be wonderful memories like this to share with others 50 years later. Keep the photo’s coming!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Virginia, I can’t tell you how I feel seeing this and reading what you wrote. I was drawn directly to Bob’s Eyes. As a youth I have seen that look in many of the men I worked with on the wharves that came back from war service and understood. They all had a story, whether they told it or not. My Dad, “Slug” Ryan, had it. Stan Worthley, “Knockout” Rielly, Bill Cahill, Mr. Linquata, on & on. By the way, If you want a light taste of Gloucester 1950′s 1960′s read Bill Cahill’s light fare “Lumper’s Picnic” if you can find a copy. I have one to lend out.) Joey & Frankie, your dads had the look in their eyes. That is why I did whatever they asked of me on the wharf. Windows to the heart.
    When I learn how, I’ll post a pic of Slug in the ring with that look that gives a message of “I’m gonna knock your block off, and quick, but buddy, I’ll help you up after. Cheers, Bob Ryan

  8. Anonymous says:

    Great. Thanks for sharing.

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