I met Penny at a Cambridge party when our eyes met “across a crowded room.” (In that same era I bought my first electric guitar.) Four years later, 1965, we married. She flew indulgence to Singapore and Hong Kong while I was in Berwick and then courageously returned to UK by train via the Trans Siberian Railway. In Berwick I produced a regular music program broadcast over the SRE, and still have sample recordings. We bought Parkside Cottage in Wickham in 1967. James was born in 1968 and Debbie in 1970. In 1969 I attended the Isle of Wight pop festival headlined by Bob Dylan. With a young family this was the right time for me to leave the R.N. and seek employment in industry while still young. In 1974, we moved to Sheringham, Norwich, though my job was still centred in London. We bought a Mirror dinghy and learned to sail having never done so in the Navy. On 19 June 1984, I went to the Luis Palau Mission to London and regained my Christian faith, making this the most important event in my life. After promotion to sales management in DG, with the need to be in London Mon – Fri, our marriage was strained by this and other issues, and we divorced in 1986.
6 April 1987 I flew from Norwich to Toronto to start a new life in Canada re-joining Data General in the Ottawa office, living in Kanata with my new love Annmarie, a pioneer Kanatian since 1968, and we were married 7 July 1990. In 1991 through a friend of Annmarie’s we became distributors in the skin care and nutrition company Nu Skin, a decision that benefits us to this day and has contributed to the health that I enjoy, still using many Nu Skin products (and earning commissions). In 1995 a Nu Skin friend took me to see a demonstration of the World Wide Web and I was hooked. Began my web site.
In 1997 I took the Alpha course, and it rang so true, building on what I had heard from Luis Palau. Jesus assumed his rightful place in my life. However, this was not a panacea and our marriage was dissolved October 1998. On 11 March 1998 I had received an e-mail to The Moderator site which I had set up to document sad happenings in the United Church of Canada. The message came from one Laurie-Ann Zachar, who used the site as a source of information for her M.Div. studies at Tyndale Seminary. 4 months and hundreds of e-mails later we met and spoke for the first time – and two months later I asked this gentle angel, 20 years my junior, to be my (third) bride. We were married 18 June 1999.
In 1994, James had married Kathy, whom he met in Texas on his advanced pilot training on the Euro-Nato course. Squadron Leader James Copple R.A.F. recently
spent two years in Pakistan training PAF flying instructors, and is now (2009) at RAF Valley (Anglesey) heading up pilot training there. Debbie had married Andrew in 1988, had a daughter Jasmin, was divorced, then married Bryan, who sadly died. She still lives in Norfolk, not too far from Penny, who has stayed in Sheringham. Jasmin is my only grandchild.