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Love Story: Barbara and Bob Lagarenne of Coram

Barbara and Bob Lagarenne of Coram found a lasting summer romance in Amagansett. Barbara tells their story.

My family and I were staying at the Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk during the summer of 1957 and went to visit friends of the family at their summer house overlooking Napeague Harbor in Amagansett.

Their son Charlie introduced me to his neighbor Bob, and immediately I knew I was looking at the man I would marry.

I started going out with Bob, Charlie and a group of other young people staying there for the summer. After my family's vacation was over, I would drive out on weekends from Bayside, Queens. Bob was 21. I was 20.

We had great times horseback riding, going to the beaches and dancing at Merrills and the Lazy Point Inn in Amagansett or at Trail's End in Montauk.

Bob and I went on our first real date that October. We had a bet on the World Series, loser buys dinner, and I lost. We went to Toffenetti's restaurant in Times Square, and Bob insisted on paying anyway.

We continued dating. Bob would come over to my house every night from Flatbush, Brooklyn, but he was so shy that I started wondering how serious he was about me. He had not told me he loved me. Then one night we went to a dance at St. John's University. As we danced to the 1940s song "Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?" Bob looked at me and said, "Have I told you that I love you?"

Bob and I were married on Nov. 7, 1959, at Sacred Heart Church in Bayside. Ours was the second wedding in the new church, and our reception was held at the original Garden City Hotel. Bob and I honeymooned in the Poconos and Niagara Falls.

We continued to spend our summers in Amagansett at Bob's family's beach house as our four children were growing up. We also have been blessed with six grandchildren and enjoy them immensely.

Our son enjoyed these summers so much that he purchased a house on the same road when he was still single. He didn't realize it was the same house my father rented the summer after Bob and I first met! It holds special sentiment for us to see my son's family spending their summers there, playing with a new generation of cousins.

Bob retired from the New York City Police Department in 1980 and then worked for AIL in Deer Park. I'm a full-time homemaker.

We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary by renewing our vows in a group Mass with Bishop William Murphy in April and again in November at our church, the Church of the Resurrection in Farmingville, followed by a party with family and friends at Lombardi's on the Bay in Patchogue.


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