EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — A wedding band that has sat unclaimed for nearly a decade in the Greater Easthampton Chamber of Commerce office is being sent to its rightful owner.
Its owner has been found thanks to some good, old-fashioned digging, and the diligence of the chamber’s president Patrick Brough.
A newspaper ad years ago didn’t work, but the initials inside the ring, helped identify the owner as Bonnie Stoddard who had moved from the area and thought she lost the ring, but after persistent legwork, Brough finally contacted Bonnie on Facebook.
“Saturday morning I was on cloud nine. I think it was great to help this family, help them re-connect with a piece of their history. It really made me feel good,” says Brough.
Brough also was able to put us in contact with Bonnie’s daughter Jamie who never realized her mom had lost the ring.
“So I asked my mom. She kind of responded like ‘Are you crazy?’ It was just meant to be,” says Jamie O’Connor.
And then we were able to reach Bonnie herself by phone from her home in Florida.
“Well for me it’s full circle. I can share with my daughters and grandchildren, that Michael was a wonderful, devoted father, and a wonderful papa so when we share the rings we have this amazing story. We can share to keep his legacy through all of our generations,” says Bonnie Stoddard-Gross.
The wedding ring is being mailed out Tuesday afternoon and Patrick Brough says he only wishes he was there when Bonnie opens the package and sees the ring.
“I’m slightly nervous about putting anything in the mail. I know it’s going to get there but it would really be great if I could hand deliver this ring to her,” says Brough.
And soon this wedding ring will be back with Bonnie with fond memories of her first husband Michael and the wonderful life they shared before he passed away.