Undaunted by the threat of a pandemic, Roberta Levy, 71, of Lynn and Richard Davis, 70, of Guilford, Vermont were married under a beachside chuppah on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands on March 20.
The couple met at their 50th Sharon High School Reunion in 2017 and a lasting relationship quickly developed. They grew up in the same neighborhood and attended all school grades together but they were not friends growing up.
Roberta has lived in Lynn for the past 15 years and is retired from a career in the business world. She has volunteered at JF&CS Family Table in Swampscott for a number of years and is on the board of the Clifford Improvement Association.
Richard is semi-retired after 40 years as a registered nurse in Vermont. He has been active in Vermont health care politics for nearly three decades and has written a weekly health care column in the local newspaper for 25 years. He now writes a weekly blog on health care related issues.
Richard sat down next to Roberta at the reunion and, within a few minutes, asked her to go to Tuscany with him. Roberta said, “Absolutely yes,” and the course of their relationship was sealed.
They have traveled to Israel, St. Croix three times, Hawaii as well as Tuscany in September.
The couple planned a trip to St. Croix for March 16-26 and decided that would be a good place to be married. As the pandemic spread they were hesitant to make the trip but decided to take a chance. As Richard said, “At our age, how more adventures will we have?”
They were married by Rabbi Marcy Delbick of Congregation B’nai Or of St. Croix. The couple purchased a ketubah in the Jewish ghetto in Venice on their recent trip and Rabbi Marcy officiated over an abbreviated ketubah signing ceremony.
The chuppah was built from driftwood and Willie, the maintenance man at the condo complex, helped to make sure it was solid and sturdy. It was still guarding the beach a week after the wedding.
Roberta and Richard are now safely hunkered down in Vermont and will consider the time spent in isolation as a unique pandemic honeymoon.