Whitemans show that ‘true love never dies’

Frederick and Rachel Whiteman on their wedding day.

The “through thick and thin” part of their vows really stuck for love birds Frederick and Rachel Whiteman.

They met when Frederick was 10 and Rachel was 7.

He recalls carrying her bag when he walked her from school, from time to time.

Little did he know that 11 years later he would be married to the love of his life.

Of the 70-odd years they have known each other, they spent 62 of them married, he says.

They met in Silvertown and later moved to Bonteheuwel where they raised eight children. Twenty grandchildren followed and 25 great grandchildren.

Frederick, who was an amateur boxer as a teenager and later became a professional bantam-weight boxing champion, is still known by the name he used in the ring: Athlone Sensation.

He loves painting and continues to cycle daily.

Nina Whiteman, one of the couple’s children, says her parents are proof that “true love never dies”.