Harriet and Bob Sackett, Lake Seminole Square residents, recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Their granddaughter honored their committment by getting married on the same day.
SEMINOLE – Wedding bells rang for Bob and Harriet Sackett on Nov. 18, 1943 in Buffalo, N.Y.
That was more than 70 years ago, and the couple, now residents at Lake Seminole Square, is still going strong.
“We can’t believe it ourselves that we’ve been married for that long,” Harriet said. “I don’t know what our secret is, if we even have a secret.”
Their granddaughter, Heather Watson, decided to honor her grandparents’ love and commitment by holding her own wedding on their 70th anniversary date this past fall.
Because of health issues, the Sacketts weren’t able to travel to the 1940s-themed wedding in California. Bob, who was diagnosed with cancer, is undergoing chemotherapy.
“We decided we couldn’t go,” Harriet said, adding, “We’re in pretty bad shape.”
“But we’re in good shape for the shape that we’re in,” her husband quipped.
The Sacketts were still able to celebrate Watson’s – and their own – special day by viewing the wedding via Skype from Lake Seminole Square. The young bride and groom also sent them a duplicate violet bouquet and boutonniere from the wedding party. Their son and daughter-in-law – Watson’s uncle and aunt – who live in Pinellas County as well, joined them.
“It was so wonderful,” Harriet said. “We were able to see everything. It was a wonderful tribute.”
They even set up Skype to view the rehearsal dinner. Unfortunately, Harriet fell and injured her shoulder while watching it.
“So it’s a good thing we didn’t go to California,” she said.
Bob and Harriet grew up next door to each other in the Finger Lakes region. They began dating while in high school.
After graduating, Bob joined the Army and when he returned home, earned his degree from SUNY-Fredonia.
The couple moved to Pinellas County in 1958, first to St. Petersburg and then to Seminole in 1969. Bob was a music teacher at Mirror Lake Junior High School and Clearwater High School, where he also served as choral director and dean of boys. He moved on to Largo Middle School to become a counselor. Harriet also worked in the school system, as a bookkeeper for 20 years.
The Sacketts have two children and six grandchildren.