Ernie and Emily Phillips celebrate 50th anniversary - June 28, 2018
Ernie and Emily Phillips of the Blyth area celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday with a special gathering at Blyth Lions Park, welcoming family and friends from all over the province.
It was on June 22, 1968 that Emily Charlotte Smith, the daughter of Rev. and Mrs. T.H. Smith of St. Catherines, married Ernest John Phillips, the son of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Hollister of Montreal.
They were wed in Newcastle at Newcastle United Church by Rev. George Ward.
Gwen (Smith) McInnes, the sister of the bride, was the maid of honour, while James Gordon was Ernie’s best man. Ushers were Ray Meunier and Peter Smith.
Emily and Ernie lived in Montreal for 10 years after their wedding before moving to their current Moncrieff Road home just north of Blyth.
Ernie, who worked for years as an engraver, did all of his work by hand, while Emily worked for decades as a registered nurse. They retired in 2003.
The couple have two children, Karen and Les, and now have four grandchildren, Bryce and Brett Glousher and Tyler and Elizabeth Phillips.
Ernie has been a member of the Blyth Lions Club for over 30 years. He joined the Lions and accepted the treasurer position at the same meeting, holding it for a subsequent 10 years.
Emily has been involved with the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario over the years, in addition to volunteering with the Huron Women’s Shelter and the Blyth United Church.
Ernie and Emily first met at a party in Montreal and for the first 10 years of their lives together Emily spent her time as a stay-at-home mom. It was during this time that Ernie ran his engraving business, hand-engraving such notable items as the NHL’s Stanley Cup and many of the league’s annual individual awards like the Hart Memorial Trophy, the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, the Calder Memorial Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy. He also hand-crafted a gift for China taken there by then-Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau.
When the couple moved to Blyth, Emily worked as a nurse in the obstetrical department of the Wingham and District Hospital for 25 years. Upon retirement, Emily performed civil marriages throughout North Huron and has even married couples whom she helped to deliver.
Ernie and Emily celebrated their 50th anniversary at the Blyth Lions Park on Saturday afternoon, welcoming guests from Troy, Wasaga Beach, Peterborough, Thorndale, Guelph and Goderich, as well as many locals.