The Villages - May 2017 - 38
Bonnie (Brown) and Bill Wainwright
Brick Township High School, New Jersey
It was seventh grade and Bill and Bonnie were in love.
Puppy love, that is. But the childhood crush evolved to
become a full-blown romance and lifelong partnership.
Now in their 45th year of marriage, the two have enough
New Jersey memories to keep them smiling forever.
"Those were the days," Bill said.
He recalled their first date at a school function called
the gym show, a school spirit event. The couple had fun,
developed mutual friends and even got to know one
another's families. They continued to date throughout
their teen years at Brick Township High School and
beyond. Bill proposed marriage their senior year.
"We just knew we wanted to be together.
We were certain since the first day we met."
It seemed everyone else knew as well,
including their classmates, who named
Bonnie and Bill "Cutest Couple."
A musician from his teen
years, Bill played in a band called
the Progressions. He went on to
perform at local venues with groups
around the Jersey Shore. The pair
remained in New Jersey until 2010, making
trips to The Villages to visit Bill's sister, an 18-year
"When we saw the area, we decided it was where we
wanted to be," he said.
In 2003, Bill and Bonnie made the move. These days,
you'll find Bill singing and deejaying at private social clubs
around the area, serenading Bonnie with their special
song: "One In A Million You" by Larry Graham.
"Bonnie is my biggest fan," Bill said.
And he is hers.
"Marriage is a working partnership that too many
people take for granted," Bill said. "It feels good to laugh
together about things we did, people we knew and the
friendships we've formed here."