On May 13, 1936, Dad married Roberta Inez Ellison (pictured here on the Atlantic City boardwalk shortly after their marriage), whom it is said was introduced to him by a mutual friend. As the story went, Dad was playing in a football home game for St. Joe's. Their their mutual friend invited Mom to go with her to the game. Afterwards, Dad came over to say hello to the friend and in so doing met Mom, who told me she was engaged to another gentleman at the time. Dad didn't care and kept asking her for a date - eventually, she agreed.
Mom was of the Baptist faith; my father was Roman Catholic. While my profoundly devout grandmother was said to have been fond of her, she disapproved of her son's dating "out of his faith". The consideration of their marrying was, for her, not an option. Dad had apparently brought up the proposal a few times and Mom had declined, indicating she wasn't ready to make that commitment.