Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Yvette Doherty, Key Largo



“My husband is 15 years older than I am. He lived in Canada. He and my parents were friends and he would come to South Florida every winter to visit. My parents were in the car business so they would give Bob a car, but the contingency was he had to drive me to and from swim lessons; this started when I was about 8 years old. He was a really good friend.

When I turned 17 I took my grandmother and great grandmother to Canada; they had affordable care there for my great grandmother. My grandmother couldn’t leave her so we were there for 3 or 4 weeks! Every time we planned on leaving grandma would put her mom in a home and then she couldn’t leave her!

I was stuck in a hotel room with my grandmother going every single day to visit my great grandmother. I called our longtime family friend, Bob, to please come get me and take me somewhere, to meet his wife, hang out with them at their house, for lunch, anywhere. I needed a break! He came and picked me up.

What I didn’t know is that he had split with his wife and was now divorced. He took me to dinner and picked me up every day and we hung out.

Finally, my grandmother was ready to leave, so we returned to South Florida. Bob called my mom and told her he had 2 tickets to the Montreal Olympics and he wanted to take me. My mom said ok. While there he gave me a $100 Olympic gold coin; an enhancer on a chain, which I wear to this day. After the Olympics we said goodbye and I said “Thank you so much, I had a great summer!” That was it; no obligations, we lived a continent apart, and we each had our lives. I didn’t think anything more of it.

He called me every day; back then they made him pay his phone bill twice a month, there was a lot of long distance on it, and we didn’t have free long distance then. He flew down every month to see me. He flew me to Canada for the summer. He wanted me to marry him.

I did. I was so naive, I was only 18, what did I know? I am very fortunate he is such a good man. That was 39 years ago!

We have lived in the Keys since the 80’s. My husband, from Canada, said we should move to the Keys. My mom said “No one lives in the Keys, there is no water pressure and lots of mosquitoes. No one lives there, you just go for the weekend.” We bought a house in Paradise Point MM 105 Bayside. In the last 4 years I have gotten involved in Real Estate with Coldwell Banker Schmitt Real Estate Co. in Key Largo.

I read an article the other day about The Conch Republic and how it started. I laughed because when we moved here, my Canadian husband would carry his green card with him wherever he went! He thought they were going to keep him if they stopped him for anything. That was pretty funny!!”

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