Gilbert Herrick of Rochester, New York spent his entire life searching for the right woman to make THE BIG MISTAKE with, and finally found her . . . at the ripe old age of 99. Like all love stories, it starts with the first time meeting. In Gilbert’s case it was the day he spotted some hand-painted china at the nursing home where he lives. He asked who made it, and the staff introduced him to the artist, 86-year-old resident Virginia Hartman. They started talking. One thing led to another and next thing you know, it was all over for Gilbert. He’d found THE ONE.

But he didn’t go down without a fight. Gilbert still resisted getting married. He wanted to shack up with Virginia instead. But when they asked the nursing home if they could share a room, they were told only married couples can do that. So Virginia proposed to Gilbert. Gilbert honored her offer. And it’s been on her and off her ever since!!! Hi-yo!!!I keed. I couldn’t resist working in that old joke.

And so earlier this month, a 99-year-old New York man got married for the first time. But remember, it's easy to commit to a woman "till death do us part" when that only means weeks. Months, maybe. Again, I keed!

Gilbert and Virginia were married in front of family, friends, and the nursing home staff.  While Gilbert has never been married, this is Virginia's second time.  Her previous husband passed away 25 years ago.