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SOFT NEWS World’s longest Down’s syndrome marriage stronger than ever after 27 years
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  1. #1
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    Aug 2012
    NW Ohio

    World’s longest Down’s syndrome marriage stronger than ever after 27 years

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    The world’s first couple with Down’s syndrome to get married are still inseparable 27 years later. Gareth Tobias was just 17 when he met 19-year-old Deana for the first time at their local community centre in Cumbria in 1981. He revealed he was quite in demand at the time, telling ‘Before I met Deana I had three girlfriends. ‘I chose the right one, and that’s Deana.’ Gareth, 55, who works three days a week at Morrisons, confirmed it was indeed ‘love at first sight’. When asked how the marriage has fared over the years, he remarked: ‘I put up with Deana. ‘And she puts up with me.’

    It appears Deana, 57, shares the same sense of humour as Gareth, and told how she was first struck by his mop of red hair. She said: ‘I thought “he’s ginger”. I like gingers. He had a beard at the time as well. A red one.’ She added: ‘I’m ginger as well.’ What started as a friendship soon blossomed into a loving relationship, but their families didn’t know how serious it was until 10 years later. Gareth’s mother Anne Tobias, 80, said: ‘We didn’t know an awful lot about their relationship until they started talking about getting married.’ Gareth added: ‘We went away on holiday in Blackpool and got engaged down there. ‘It was Deana’s birthday.’

    The lovebirds eventually tied the knot in front of 40 friends and family on July 4, 1992. This makes Gareth and Deana’s marriage the longest of any couple with Down’s syndrome. The only other two that come close are Paul and Kris Scharoun-DeForge, from Syracuse, New York, whose 25-year marriage sadly ended with Paul’s death last year, and Maryanne and Tommy Pilling, from Essex, who’ve been married for 24 years. Recalling the happy day all those years ago, Anne said: ‘It was so lovely. They were so prepared for it, they both knew their vows off by heart. ‘The vicar started to say the vows and they didn’t have to repeat them, they both just spouted them out. ‘About 40 to 50 family and friends went to the church, which was followed by a reception at a café in town, and an evening do with a lot more people.’ She added: ‘They were absolutely wonderful, they thought it was magical. ‘They did the song from Dirty Dancing, where the woman runs up to him and he lifts her up. ‘So Deana ran towards him and he lifted her up. Then everybody got up and sang You’ll Never Walk Alone.’

    Anne admitted there has been some ‘ups and downs’ over the years but said ‘they’ve had a happy life’. She added: ‘Things are getting a little harder for them to do, whereas they used to go on holiday every year. ‘They went all over the place. Usually to Butlins or Pontins or somewhere like that. ‘They would stay in the caravan park and go out dancing in the evenings. ‘They always liked camping and they always did it by themselves.’

    The couple can often be found enjoying a drink down their local pub, while Gareth is partial to the occasional cigar. Anne said: ‘He has a few bad habits does Gareth, he smokes cigars. We’ve all tried to get him to stop. ‘But once he’s in a routine, it’s very hard to break him out of it. ‘He says he’s smoked since he was 19. He is a character.’ Deana added: ‘I still love him. Look at him now, he’s like an old man.’
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    Jan 2013
    Missouri Ozarks
    Very Cool!! Congrats to Gareth and Deana.
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    Aug 2007
    New England region
    A great story! Very happy for them.
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    Now that's a cute couple.

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    God bless them!


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    Sep 2004
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    "Dark and difficult times lie ahead. Soon we will all face the choice between what is right, and what is easy."
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    “During the course of your life you will find that things are not always fair. You will find that things happen to you that you do not deserve and that are not always warranted. But you have to put your head down and fight, fight, fight. Never, ever, ever give up!”

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  8. #8
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    May 2001
    South Louisiana near New Orleans by the Mississippi River
    That is one of the sweetest stories I've heard today!!!!

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    Jul 2001
    true love, they are the lambs of God in our society if we could only see it.

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    I bet they are happier than 99% of us 'normal' people.

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    Mar 2013
    SE Okieland
    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    God bless them!


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    Quote Originally Posted by summerthyme View Post
    God blessED them!

    Thoughts are things. Thus I'm careful of the thoughts I think, & the company I keep.
    She couldn't keep her colors inside the lines, so she drew new lines.

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    Aug 2008
    North Dakota
    I have a 3 year old Down's grandson. I can only hope for this kind of an outcome for him. Google "Clara and Cutler".


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