They say the family that plays together stays together. Case in point – Morley and Betty Mills.
This spry couple started curling some 45 years ago and they’re still at it. Morley recalls his start at the Midway Bonspiel when he curled with Wilf Senecal in 1971. Then he took up the sport at the Bruce Mines arena for ten or twelve years. Being involved in the wood industry, the Lumberman Bonspiels were always a big event for Morley. He curled in Espanola with Billy Fahrer and Ed Tier and came back a winner of the Second Event. He enjoyed another such spiel in Wawa with Bob Mortimore, Dennis Tessier and Billy Fahrer.
After retirement Morley started curling in the Thessalon Men’s League two nights a week. On Friday afternoons he and Betty have become a fixture at the Seniors’ League.
Betty joined her husband in the Midway Bonspiel a few times. She fondly recalls curling with Gil Conway, Edith MacCrea and Morley. She also remembers the Bruce Mines curling days. They curled on natural, arena ice. Their partners in crime were Gloria and Fred Bean. Betty would often come to Thessalon to curl in bonspiels. When Betty turned 58 she was at a bonspiel and when she went to throw her first rock there on the ice was a miniature rock with balloons to wish her “happy birthday.” They went on and had a big birthday party.
Another fond memory was the time they were in a bonspiel and were losing 6-0. Morley wouldn’t let her quit. And for good reason they went on and won the game.
Just goes to show you never know what can happen in curling.