Lilian Feeny was George Feeny's first wife, who married him on February 14, 1960. On December 18, 1961, they went to George's cottage in the Poconos for a three-day weekend. On their fifth anniversary, February 14, 1965, they went back to the cottage and exchanged gifts. Lilian gave him a wristwatch, which he kept with him long after she passed away.
As George wrote in his diary: "As I lifted the wristwatch out of its box, the glass on the watch face caught Lilian's reflection, a smile that lit the night sky. That watch will keep time but for a moment in time, but her smile will reflect in its face forever."